Yes, Bush was in the National Guard, and his service record is bland, but betray his country? A bit strong, one would think, when he must have shown up once or twice to learn how to fly a jet, one must assume. Perhaps they would suggest anyone in the National Guard today has betrayed their country, it only goes to reason.
There is something not mentioned. Kerry served in the Navy, perhaps not as safe as the National Guard, but a lot safer than being a Marine or in the Army. And he wanted to serve, right? That is what he would have us think, but apparently "When he approached his draft board for permission to study for a year in Paris, the draft board refused and Kerry decided to enlist in the Navy.".
Remember, when you enlist, you choose the service. George Bush served in the National Guard, and John Kerry enlisted in the Navy. In the context of his request for a deferment, does his enlistment sound so heroic?