It was an inadvertent oversight that they said they inadvertently destroyed them...
Pentagon Finds Bush's Guard Records
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Friday released newly discovered payroll records from President Bush's 1972 service in the Alabama National Guard, though the records shed no new light on the future president's activities during that summer.
A Pentagon official said the earlier contention that the records were destroyed was an "inadvertent oversight."
Like records released earlier by the White House, the newly released computerized payroll records show no indication Bush drilled with the Alabama unit during July, August and September of 1972. Pay records covering all of 1972, released previously, also indicated no guard service for Bush during those three months.
The records do not give any new information toward determining whether Bush kept his National Guard commitments during 1972, when he transferred to the Alabama National Guard unit so he could work on the U.S. Senate campaign of a family friend.
Not that I ever had any doubt, but this really seals the deal for me. If Bush had been there, with all the resources he's got, he could have proved it by now.
UPDATE: Sorry, I didn't read it closely enough. For some reason when I read "shed no new light" I assumed they were right. Shoulda learned by now. Look at the highlighted portions... doesn't that say he WASN'T there? That seems pretty clear! Leave it to the Bushies to document dump on a Friday night.