"Those of us who were in the military wonder how it is that someone who is supposedly serving on active duty...can miss a whole year of service without even explaining where it went," said [Senator John] Kerry. Ok, so there is overwhelming proof that Bush went AWOL between May 1972 and May 1973, supported by the Commanding Officer of Dannelly Airforce base and military attendance records, and the fact that the sole, single "witness" for his attendance has been discredited by afforementioned military records and other pilots who were at the same trainings that he said Bush attended. I'm not going to argue that he was AWOL, or a deserted or whatever. However: after missing a physical in 1972 Bush lost his wings. That means, for the last 2 years of his active-duty commitment to the AIR national guard, he did not fly an airplace. Why? Because he wasn't legally qualified to. So, my question is, what does a self-grounded pilot (he could have sought out the physician later or in Texas at any time to get re-instated) DO for two years? Peel potatoes? Or maybe after he missed his physical and lost his wings he thought his commitment to the Guard was over. Maybe he thought that the mission had been accomplished. I'm posting this in the war on terrorism thread because I think its a pertinent question for a war-time president to address, HIMSELF, not through a spokesman, and not from John Kerry or the media's prompting. President Bush, WHY WERE YOU NOT FLYING?