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  •  might i say one thing more, please. (none)
    if one is gone missing more than 30 days, according to the military code of justice, it is called disertion. and in time of war which it was, it is punishable by death.  he was missing more than 30 days when he went to bama if my facts do not confuse me.  so i think he was a deserter!  can anyone please convince me otherwise?!
    •  Senator Inouye (none)
      held a press conference with Bob Kerrey about this the week before the Nov. 2000 election . . .

                 Inouye – –  

      "During my service, if I missed training for two years, at the least, I would have been court-martialed. I would have been placed in prison," he said.

      The spine of our press: They didn't cover the press conference. Inouye was a Congressional Medal of Honor winner and lost an arm in combat. But the press [except the Boston Globe, if memory serves] missed the consequence of his remark.

    •  Desertion and the UCMJ (4.00)
      Unfortunately, the UCMJ did not apply to the training requirements for members of the Texas Air National Guard.  However, there was (and is) an applicable Texas Code of Military Justice that is basically a copy of the UCMJ, including the exact same wording as the desertion statute found in the UCMJ.  However, insofar as enforcement of those provisions would be up to the State of Texas (which may have "interpreted" the provisions differently for people like Bush) it is difficult to claim that Bush "deserted" as a member of the Texas Air National Guard.

      But after Bush left TXANG, he became a member of the Air Force Reserves, subject to the provisions of the UCMJ.  And because Bush not only failed to fulfill the requirement to find a new unit with which to serve within 60 days of being discharged from TXANG, but made absolutely no effort to do so, calling him a "deserter" is fully justified.  Indeed, what is left of what once must have been a rather large file on Bush maintained by the Air Force Reserves strongly suggests that Bush was, in fact, considered a "deserter" (being retroactively placed in an "inactive" status can only be explained by the Air Force concluding that Bush had deserted.)  It is abundantly clear that Bush's Air Reserve Forces files have been extensively purged, because there is simply no supporting documentation for a variety of things that happened to Bush after he left TXANG.  

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