Nope. 1LT Bush, G.W., didn’t do his duty.
The Air Force Times looks at the same documents the Boston Globe and U.S. News looked at, and reaches the same conclusion: as an Air National Guard pilot, George W. Bush didn’t play by the rules, didn’t keep his promises, and didn’t actually earn the honorable discharge he keeps harping on instead of answering questions such as:
1. Why did you miss your required flight physical, and why didn’t you make it up?
2. What happened to your written commitment to making flying a lifetime pursuit?
3. Why didn’t you show up for drill for two periods of several months each?
4. Why didn’t you keep your promise to find a unit to train with in Massachusetts?
5. How did you get away with it?
Author: Mark Kleiman
Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out.
Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken)
When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist
Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993)
Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989)
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