Getting away from the horse race arguments for a moment it appears that the smoking gun has surfaced showing that Bush got preferential treatment while serving in the Texas ANG. Now, Werner von Brawn is from Texas (I hope I'm not telling secrets) and he and his wife both say that the particular unit Bush was in is well known in Texas as having been really corrupt during the Vietnam era. It was THE place for favored sons to sit out the war in safety. But even if its an open secret in Texas, there hasn't been anything like a smoking gun. Until now.
CBS ran a story on 60 Minutes II in which Ben Barnes admitted that he exerted pressure to get Bush preferential treatment in being admitted to the Texas ANG. This comes at the same time that yet more documents have come out (see CNN story) detailing Bush's suspension from the Texas ANG. Bush has always claimed that he "served honorably." However these new documents are full of accusations of preferential treatment, interference on Bush's behalf by higher authorities and assertions that Bush's piloting skills did not meet ANG standards.
Thursday, September 09, 2004
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 8:35 AM