NATIONAL GUARD ROUNDUP….Just a couple of quick notes on the National Guard story:
As near as I can tell, the full release of documents on Friday has produced nothing new, either good or bad. It’s just routine stuff.
USA Today has a PDF containing a bunch of new (or semi-new) documents here, so you can look at them yourself. One document from 1970 has a list of all the pilots from Bush’s unit at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston, which I suppose may give reporters another list of names to call, but that’s about it.
I’ve gotten a bunch of emails about a post at Daily Kos that parses some language on Bush’s official 1973 transfer to the Reserves and suggests that maybe he was actually kicked out due to some kind of bad behavior.
I posted some speculation along these lines a week ago, based largely on the fact that Bush’s Texas records stop abruptly in mid-1972 and a different set of records starts up a few months later. In addition, it’s also common knowledge that in some cases officers in the National Guard are transferred to the Reserves as part of some kind of disciplinary action. (Although this is decidedly not the primary purpose of the Reserves.)
However, it’s worth pointing out that this is strictly speculation. It’s worth following up if anyone can think of a way to do it, but there is, as far as I know, no documentary evidence at all to back up this theory.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.