Janet Linke has been thinking about George W. Bush a lot lately. Thirty-two years ago, her late husband Jan Peter Linke served briefly in the Texas Air National Guard's 111th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. Bush's service in the same squadron has gotten plenty of mention in an election year when what you did during the Vietnam War is suddenly a litmus test of character. But Linke claims she knows a part of the story that nobody has mentioned.
According to Linke, a Jacksonville resident and artist, Bush's flying career was permanently disabled by a crippling fear of flying.
This story is consistent with Bush's flight logs, which show he was put back on training planes and simulators, then grounded. Also it is the most consistent reason for the clinically narcissistic, megalomaniac Bush to cover up the episode.
The problem with drugs or arrests is that these would reinforce Bush's image as an ubermensch to whom laws and norms do not apply. Fear of piloting military aircraft, on the other hand, puts Bush not only into the ranks of "ordinary" human beings, but on a level below Poppy Bush. Sick Bush junior will go to great lengths to avoid confronting this failure.
This all shines new light on the aircraft carrier stunt. Bush needed to prove to himself, as much as to anyone, that he wasn't afraid to fly in military jets. So much the better if he can pretend he landed it.
Remember Elena Ceaucescu, who pretended to be a great chemist? Extrapolate that to Bush.