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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-05 07:25 PM
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90. TANG Widow: Smirko was a DRUNKEN COWARD and Poppy was CIA.
Her source? Her LATE husband and his LATE boss.

Here's the story:

Fear of Flying

A Duval County woman says nerves ended W's National Guard service in Texas

By: Susan Cooper Eastman

According to Janet Linke, a Jacksonville resident and artist, Bush's flying career was permanently disabled by a crippling fear of flying.


Linkes husband was admitted to the Texas Guard in the summer of 1972 to replace Bush. President Bush has said that he stopped flying fighter jets because the Alabama Guard unit didnt have jets, and he wanted the transfer to Alabama in order to work on a political campaign. But Linke says she heard a different story from her husband and Bushs squad commander, the late Lt. Col. Jerry Killian. Shortly after her husband joined the Texas unit, Linke says, the couple discussed Bushs service with Killian at a social event.

Contrary to some news reports that suggest Killian admired Bush, Linke says the officer didnt have much use for the young lieutenant. He mentioned that Bush appeared to have a drinking problem, she recalls, but he was most offended by another incapacity: his fear of flying. According to Linke, Killian said Bush was grounded in his fourth year of flying after he became incapable of flying or properly landing a plane.

He was mucking up bad, Killian told us, Linke says. He just became afraid to fly.


For Linke, Ws military service has become a very personal flashpoint. Linkes husband died while serving in the Texas Guard in 1973 after drinking at the officers club. He nodded off at the wheel, drove into a lake and drowned. Linke was 27 years old with a 3-year-old son. She didnt know much about who W was then; his family was not on the national radar. We were told his father was a very wealthy Texan with CIA connections.


Gee. People heard Smirko brag Poppy was CIA in 1972. That means Poppy lied in 75 when testifying before the Senate for his confirmation hearing for DCI. If he knew this discrepancy, Sen. Frank Church probably would've asked why, especially seeing how the FBI places Bush -- evidently a longtime CIA man -- in Dallas on 22 November 1963.
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