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.Wow. So Bush actually volunteered for Vietnam? How come he never mentions that? Oh yeah, because he's not basing his campaign on what happened half a lifetime ago. There's a lot to admire about our President.
Sunday, September 26, 2004
Posted by M.E. at 8:24 PM