Thursday, August 12, 2004

Bush Lied About His Military Service

I just want to point out, for about the hundredth time, that even aside from the whole awol/desertion dishonesty, there is absolutely no dispute that Bush, in his autobiography, lied about his service while in TANG.

I'm sure this will be on Wolf Blitzer's show this evening.

From Conason:

George W. Bush lied about his military service record. The lie can be found in his own 1999 campaign autobiography (as written by Karen Hughes), where he dramatically describes his experience as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. On page 34 of A Charge to Keep, Mr. Bush claims that, after learning to fly the F-102 fighter jet, he was turned down for Vietnam duty because "had not logged enough flight hours" to qualify for a combat assignment. Before going on to recall the "challenging moments" that involved close formation drills at night during poor weather, he adds: "I continued flying with my unit for the next several years."

Bush only continued to fly for 22 months.