Am I the only one who missed last Friday’s installment of the Bush military records document dump?
Weeks after Texas National Guard officials signed an oath swearing they had turned over all of President Bush’s military records, independent examiners found more than two dozen pages of previously unreleased documents about Bush.
The two retired Army lawyers went through Texas files under an agreement between the Texas Guard and The Associated Press, which sued to gain access to the files. The 31 pages of documents turned over to AP on Thursday include orders for high-altitude training in 1972, less than three months before Bush abruptly quit flying as a fighter pilot.
A Texas National Guard spokesman defended the continuing discoveries, saying Guard officials didn’t find all of Bush’s records because they are disorganized and in poor shape.
“These boxes are full of dirt and rat (excrement) and dead bugs,” said Lt. Col. John Stanford. “It’s a tough task to go through archives that were not set up in a way that you could easily go through them.”
Two Texas officials had signed sworn affidavits insisting they reviewed the files and released copies of all that related to Bush’s 1968-73 Guard service, however.
The newly released documents include a January 1972 order for Bush to attend “physiological training” at Laredo Air Force Base in Texas. His Texas payroll and attendance records, released earlier, show Bush was credited for active duty training for the three days involved.