Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Bush Volunteered to Go to Vietnam

Not that it really matters, but here is something you probably didn't know, from Instapundit:

"Shockingly, this was even reported in Newsweek:

The standard rap against Bush is that he was ducking combat by joining the Guard. Actually, the Texas Air Guard had a program called Palace Alert that allowed pilots to volunteer for flight time in Vietnam. Three of Bush's fellow pilots—Udell, Woodfin and Fred Bradley—recalled to NEWSWEEK that Bush inquired with the base commander about signing up for Palace Alert. He was told no; he had too few flying hours at the time and his plane, the F-102, was by then deemed obsolete for air combat.

Funny that this hasn't gotten more attention. Does anyone read Newsweek?"


Let's play a little game - who said the following?:

"We know we can't count on the French. We know we can't count on the Russians. We know that Iraq is a danger to the United States, and we reserve the right to take pre-emptive action whenever we feel it's in our national interest."

John Kerry said it, back in 1997. But lest you come to the mistaken conclusion that this is inconsistent, remember you are dealing with a nuanced Harvard mind. His idea of "national interest" coincides perfectly with his own personal interests, which were not necessarily served by our going to Iraq.


Blogger Incredible Dirigible said...

So much of the Vietnam & Iraq discussions of recent years has been simple partisanship.

The left did not approve of Dan Quayle's National Guard service, or George W. Bush's National Guard service. But they saw nothing wrong with Bill Clinton's draft evasion & "loathing the military".

People like John Kerry & Tom Daschle had tough words for Iraq & Saddam back in the late 1990s, but claim that George W. Bush is all wrong on his handling of Saddam & Iraq. But Bush did what Clinton Threatened to do. What would they have said if it was Bill Clinton that actually removed Saddam?

Propagandist Michael Moore first claimed that Bush should not have sent troops into Afghanistan to remove the Taliban, & then said he did not send Enough troops. Did Moore complain when Clinton removed Milosevic from Yugoslavia?

It's simple: ANYTHING that Bush or the right do will be considered wrong by the left. The right says "up", the left says "down". I don't think it will change anytime soon.

6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush offering to go to vietnam is like Milo Minderbender (Catch-22) offering to forgo his running the show and mess halls, he knew he wouldn't be accepted but hey, looks good for later life when one pulls that card.
Clinton was against the Vietnam War, and he stood up for himself and didn't hide his convictions.

10:28 AM  

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