Oh, dear ... there's a new meme in the Braindamage-o-sphere:
Rather Producer Mapes Knew Dubya Volunteered For Duty In Vietnam
It may be a dated issue, but new information has been retrieved by Bernard Goldberg that puts further in disrepute the story by then CBS Reporter Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes that indicated George W. Bush dodged the Vietnam draft by volunteering for the National Guard. Well the truth is now coming out that not only did Bush NOT dodge the draft, but instead that he actually volunteered to go!!!
Yes, dear ... and let's not let any of those pesky facty things get in the way:
During his answer to my debate question in 1994, Mr. Bush said he could have been called up for duty in Vietnam. He had to know that was not true, either. On his Guard application, the future president checked a box saying he did "not" want to be considered for overseas deployment. Additionally, he was hundreds of hours short of flight time required for foreign duty, and the aircraft he flew, the F-102 was no longer being used in Southeast Asia.
I'm thinking it's really easy to say, "Sure, bring 'em on!", when you know there's no possible way you'll be shipped out because you simply don't qualify.
Reality: It has such a nasty, liberal bias, doesn't it?
BONUS TRACK: Greg Palast has more but, really, what's the point? Facts before Blogging Tories. Pearls before swine. Is there a difference?
INTERESTING CHOICE OF WORDS: BT "Officially Screwed" insists that George W. Chickenhawk explicitly "volunteered" to go to Vietnam. But as you can read in that excerpt above from Buzzflash writer James Moore, Bush's position during that debate was considerably less enthusiastic:
During his answer to my debate question in 1994, Mr. Bush said he could have been called up for duty in Vietnam.
There's a significant difference between claiming that you "volunteered" as opposed to simply claiming that you were available to be called upon. I suppose we'd have to read Dubya's exact words to really know.