Wednesday, September 08, 2004

60 Minutes - I'm Confused

Tonight "60 Minutes" will interview Ben Barnes, prominent Texas politician. Here's a biography from Texas Monthly.

"He was a member of President Johnson’s Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, U.S. representative to the NATO Conference in 1967, and United Nations Representative to Geneva, Switzerland, in 1968.

In 1969, Barnes was elected lieutenant governor of Texas and served from 1969 to 1973

His big moment on "60 Minutes" is headlined as "Texan Rues Getting Bush Into Guard."

The CBS timeline records these events:
- May 27, 1968: "Walter B. Staudt, commander of the Texas National Guard, interviews Mr. Bush and recommends he be accepted for pilot training. The president's application for enlistment in the Guard is approved."

- July 12, 1968: "The three-member Federal Recognition Examining Board reports Mr. Bush is qualified for promotion to 2nd Lieutenant."

- July 14, 1968: "Mr. Bush attends basic military training in San Antonio."

Now color me confused but how did Ben Barnes "get" Bush into the National Guard if he was in Geneva during 1968? How did he "get" the Examining Board to agree that W was qualified for promotion? Even CBS says that W was already in basic when Barnes was still in Europe. This is the smoking gun? This is the best the Dems can come up with?



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