Monday, February 23, 2004

There are lies, then there are lies.

While the nature of Bush's service in the National Guard might be arguable, the question of whether he volunteered for Vietnam is not. As Josh Marshall notes, Bush didn't; in fact, his records show that Bush checked "do not volunteer."

That doesn't stop Marc Racicot from saying that "He volunteered to go to Vietnam."

I can understand why Bush chose not to serve in Vietnam. I may not like that his privilege kept him safe while others fought and died, but I can understand why he chose to exercise it; no one wants to die. But when he exercised that privilege, he forever sacrificed another - the right to say that he, like my father, or like Senator Kerry, volunteered to fight in Vietnam. To have his surrogates claim that privilege is simply shameless.

But such is the Bush Administration.