Why can Bush get away with desertion?

Published: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 9, 2005 at 9:58 p.m.

Probably the most honest and truthful words I have ever heard come from George W. Bush's mouth were his statement at a Republican fund-raiser that he was among his people, "the haves and the have-mores."

This fact is made all the more evident by the declaration by the Marines that Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun is a "deserter" one day after failing to return for duty at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

As I recall, Bush failed to appear for duty in the Alabama Air National Guard for the better part of the year in 1972. No one took action against him for his apparent desertion. In fact, his supporters seemed not to even want to look into the matter when he ran twice for president of the United States.

I guess being a "have" includes having people in high places look the other way when you break the law.

Robert Warren,


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