December 31, 2004 |
Not far from the ranch where President Bush is spending the holidays, the impact of the war in Iraq is being driven home in this city of 113,000. In the biggest single call-up of the Texas National Guard since World War II, 3,300 citizen-soldiers are preparing to ship out for a year of combat duty in Iraq, the largest contingent to date that the state has sent there. On Thursday, members of the 56th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and 18,000 of their relatives and friends began converging on Waco for a grand send-off.
October 6, 2004 |
More than a week after a court-imposed deadline to turn over all records of President Bush's military service, the Texas Air National Guard belatedly produced two documents Tuesday that include Bush's orders for his last day of active duty in 1973. The orders show Bush was on "no-fly" status for his last days of duty because he had been grounded almost a year earlier for skipping an annual medical exam.
September 21, 2004 |
Until recently, Bill Burkett led an anonymous -- some say reclusive -- life on a small ranch outside the tiny town of Baird in the flatlands of West Texas. Now that he has emerged as a possible source for disputed documents about President Bush's service in the National Guard, Burkett has arguably become the most well-known person in rural Callahan County. Besieged by reporters, he has retreated behind the iron gates of his ranch, east of Abilene, and has been refusing interviews.
September 20, 2004 |
CBS News is expected to tell viewers as early as today that it was misled about the memos that were used in a "60 Minutes" report about President Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard.CBS anchor Dan Rather traveled to Texas over the weekend to interview Bill Burkett, a former lieutenant colonel in the Texas National Guard who is said to have had a key role in the network obtaining the documents, which many have argued are fake.
September 19, 2004 |
A retired Texas National Guard official mentioned as a possible source for disputed documents about President Bush's service in the Guard said he passed along information to a former senator working with John F. Kerry's campaign. In an Aug. 21 e-mail to a list of Texas Democrats, Bill Burkett said that after getting through "seven layers of bureaucratic kids" in the Democrat's campaign, he talked with former Georgia Sen.
September 18, 2004 |
President Bush's father told an Air Force major general that his son was a "gung ho" military man and predicted "he will make a good pilot as well," according to documents released Friday by the Pentagon. The elder Bush's praise came in a letter written to Maj. Gen. G.B. Greene Jr., who in 1968 commanded the military training center in San Antonio where the younger Bush was undergoing basic training.