Telegraph Biased On Reporting Bush Guard Serivce

September 8th, 2008 | by Sqotty |

The U.K. Telegraph is letting its political bias show in an article concerning military service of current and recent presidential candidates. The piece is by Toby Harnden, and either this guy failed to do his homework, or he is suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome, or both. The article covers the recent revelation by the Obamasiah on the George Stephanopoulos show on Sunday that he A) considered enlisting when he registered for the draft; and B) registered for Selective Service a year before it was reinstated by Jimmy Carter. We have already covered this territory earlier. What is new about the Harnden piece is:

Voters often fault Democratic candidates on issues of patriotism and support for the military. Bill Clinton was vilified by Republicans as a Vietnam draft dodger, though he defeated two Second World War veterans, President George H.W. Bush in 1992 and Senator Bob Dole in 1996.

But Al Gore, a US Army journalist in Vietnam, and John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran who won a Silver Star while serving in patrol craft on Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, both lost to George W. Bush, who avoided active service in Vietnam by joining the Texas Air National Guard.

Sure, it points out that Clinton didn’t serve during Vietnam, although it fails to mention that Clinton, like Joe Biden, milked the system for draft deferments to avoid service. Cheney also received multiple draft deferments during this time period. What is very disturbing is Harnden asserting that Bush entered the national Guard to avoid serving in Vietnam, despite the fact that Bush inquired into participating in a National Guard program called Palace Alert, that, had he been a qualified F-102 pilot at the time, would have had Bush seeing service in Vietnam. That doesn’t sound like someone trying to evasde service in Vietnam to me.

Add to that the fact that Delta wing aircraft, including the F-102, were one of the most difficult birds to fly, and there were many accidents, including many fatalities.

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