Evelyn Pringle September 3, 2004
I now understand why the Bush camp went to such extreme lengths to smear Kerry's military service record. It was an attempt to overshadow the scandal that was set to be revealed about Bush and the Air National Guard.
It now appears that the release this week of a video of Ben Barnes talking about being ashamed of helping Bush get into the Guard was a mere prelude of things to come.
Citizens for Honest Fighter Pilots has learned that 60 Minutes is set to reveal how in 1968, Bush got Ben Barnes to ask the head of the Texan Air National Guard, General James Rose, to give Bush a spot in the pilot-training program which would automatically excuse him from the draft and allow him to avoid service in Vietnam.
This alone is not necessarily new information. The real scandal comes from the revelation that Bush later allowed a company to keep a lucrative Texas state contract in exchange for Barnes' remaining silent about helping Jr get into the guard.
Like in Bribe with a capital B.
To many of us this is not necessarily a new story. However, I predict that new details will be revealed. Basically because I don't believe 60 Minutes would feature an old worn-out story without some new and interesting details of proof to back it up.
Bush should never have attacked Kerry's war record and enraged Kerry supporters (like me for instance). The smarter plan would have been to set up the Swiftvets to go after Kerry just like they did, and then make a huge dramatic show of condemning their conduct and hope that the democrats would show Jr the same consideration if and when the story came out.
The funniest part of it all, is that it probably would have worked.
Rove must be slipping. Why didn't he think of that?
Founder of Citizens for Honest Fighter Pilots