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George Bush - Doing His Part in the War
- Representative Richard Gephardt - Served his country in uniform,
- Representative David Bonior - Served his country in uniform,
- Senator Tom Daschle - Served his country in uniform, 1969-72
- Former Vice President Al
Gore - enlisted August 1969; sent to Vietnam January 1971
as an army journalist, assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade
headquartered at Bien Hoa, an airbase twenty miles northeast
- Bob Kerrey... Democrat...
Medal of Honor, Vietnam
- Daniel Inouye... Democrat...
Medal of Honor, World War Two
- John Kerry... Democrat...Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat
V, and three awards of the Purple Heart for his service in
- Charles Rangel...Democrat... Bronze Star, Korea
- Max Cleland...
Democrat... Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam
- Senator Ted
Kennedy (D-MA) - U.S. Army, 1951-1953.
- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) - U.S. Navy,
1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.
- Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)
- U.S. Army Ranger,
- Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC) - served as a U.S. Army officer in
World War II, receiving the Bronze Star and seven campaign
- Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) - two tours in Vietnam,
two Distinguished Flying Crosses as a helicopter pilot, two
Bronze Stars, and
the Soldier's Medal.
- Ambassador "Pete" Peterson,
Air Force Captain, POW, Democratic congressman, Ambassador
to Viet Nam, and recipient of the Purple
Heart, the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit
Mike Thompson, D-CA: served in combat with the U.S. Army as a
staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade;
was wounded and received a Purple Heart.
McBride, Democratic Candidate for Florida Governor - volunteered
and served as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam; awarded Bronze
Star with a combat "V."
- GW Bush - decided that a six-year Nat'l Guard commitment really
means four years. Still says that he's "been to war."
- VP Cheney - avoided the draft, did not serve several deferments,
the last by marriage (in his own words, "had other priorities
than military service")
- Att'y Gen. John Ashcroft - did not serve; sought deferment
to teach business ed at SW Missouri State
- Paul Wolfowitz, did not serve
- Richard Perle, did not serve
- Karl Rove - avoided the draft, did not serve,
- Spencer Abraham, did not serve
- Bill Kristol, did not serve
- House Majority Leader Tom Delay - avoided the draft, did not
- Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert - avoided the draft, did
- House Majority Whip Roy Blount - did not serve
- Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist - did not serve.
- Majority Whip Mitch McConnell, R-KY - did not serve
- Rick Santorum, R-PA, third ranking Republican in the Senate
- did not serve.
- Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott - avoided the draft,
did not serve.
- Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld - served in
the U.S. Navy (1954-57) as an aviator and flight instructor.
Served as President Reagan's
Special Envoy to the Middle East and met with Saddam Hussein
twice in 1983 and 1984.
- Jeb Bush, Florida Governor - did not serve.
- Former Speaker Newt
Gingrich - avoided the draft, did not serve
- "B-1" Bob Dornan
- avoided Korean War combat duty by enrolling in college acting
classes. Enlisted only after the
fighting was over in Korea.
- Phil Gramm - avoided the draft, did
not serve, four (?) student deferments
Facts About George Bush's Military Record
W. Bush Misrepresentations
Pertaining to Military Records
Listen As Bush Claims
to Have Been in Vietnam - MP3
Bush 's Lies
Compilation From bushwatch.com
Politicization of Intelligence, Outright Deception
Alaska construction: At age 27 and halfway through two
years at Harvard Business School, Dubya spent the summer
of 1974 in Alaska working for a small airline-and-construction
business. The company, Alaska International Industries,
had received a letter from an executive at a Houston construction
company asking about a job for Bush. The aviation arm of
Alaska International had an unusual list of clients that
just happened to include the shah of Iran and the Central
Intelligence Agency. Dubya's father would be appointed CIA
director the following year.
Oil deals: In Texas, Dubya took his $50,000 trust fund
and in 1977 started his first company, Arbusto Energy Inc.
He got friends to invest in various drilling ventures that
mostly went nowhere (but did generate big tax deductions).
Friendly investors arranged a 1984 deal in which struggling
Arbusto was acquired by another drilling company called
Spectrum 7. When Harken Energy bought Spectrum in 1986,
George wound up on the board with a $120,000 consulting
gig and $530,380 worth of stock.
In the midst of his father's presidency in 1990, Bush unloaded
his Harken shares for $848,560. Less than two months later,
Iraqi troops marched into Kuwait, throwing the oil business
into turmoil. Harken shares plummeted and the company reported
a $20-million quarterly loss. The Securities and Exchange
Commission investigated Dubya for improper insider trading
but issued no reprimand. At the time, the SEC was headed
by Richard Breeden, a former aide to President Bush.
Baseball: Dubya was appointed managing partner of the Texas
Rangers baseball team, even though he put up only $600,000
of mostly borrowed money for a 1.8 percent stake in the
team. Among the big backers buying the Rangers were William
DeWitt (a fellow Yale alum of Dubya's) and Mercer Reynolds.
Both were major contributors to President Bush's campaign.
Earlier, the two also were in on the rescue of Dubya's oil
Dubya later sold out of the Rangers' ownership group. His
take: $15-million. That sum made Dubya rich and finally
in a comfortable position to pursue a political career.
In 1998, Dubya and his wife reported income of $18,405,524,
on which they paid federal taxes of $3,772,252, or 20.5
percent. Most of their 1998 income came from long-term capital
gains. And nearly all of that resulted from the original
$600,000 investment in the Texas Rangers.
- Did you know that the Republican candidates on the Election
2000 presidential ticket have
five (5) arrests between them?
- Did you know the Election 2000 Democratic ticket had
no arrest record?
- Did you know that the 1996 Republican Platform says,
"...we must restore leadership and character to the presidency
as the best way to restore America's leadership and credibility
throughout the world."
- Did you know that the 1996 Republican Platform says,
"Mr. Clinton's personal record has been a betrayal of
the nation's trust, sending the worst possible signal
to the nation's youth."
- Did you know that when the Bush campaign challenged
very close election returns in Oregon, they demanded that
Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury recuse himself
on the grounds he was a Democrat and could not be relied
upon to manage an impartial recount?
- Did you know that the NAACP received reports of voters
receiving fraudulent phone calls from persons identifying
themselves as NAACP officials urging support of George
- Did you know that Fox News' late night election call
of Florida for Bush, which was picked up by all the major
media outlets, was made by his cousin John Ellis without
any new information from Voter News Service, the contracted
provider of election statistics and projections?
- Did you know that the news director for Fox News, and
John Ellis' boss, is Roger Ailes, an influential Republican
- Did you know that George W. Bush entered the Texas Air
National Guard ahead of a waiting list of 500 candidates
and despite an aptitude score of 25% on the screening
- Did you know that the elder George Bush was a Congressman
from Texas at the time that his son was inducted into
the Texas Air National Guard?
- Did you know there is credible evidence George W. Bush
went AWOL from the National Guard for approximately one
- Did you know George W. Bush's official biography says
"George W. Bush was born July 6th, 1946 and grew up in
Midland and Houston, Texas."
- Did you know George W. Bush often refers to Houston
as his home town?
- Did you know George W. Bush was born in New Haven, Connecticut?
Family Ties to Hitler Confirmed: Associated Press
Prescott Bush was one of seven directors of Union Banking
Corp., a New York investment bank owned by a bank controlled
by the Thyssen family, according to recently declassified
National Archives documents reviewed by The Associated
Fritz Thyssen was an early financial supporter of Hitler,
whose Nazi party Thyssen believed was preferable to
communism. The documents do not show any evidence Bush
directly aided that effort. His position with Union
Banking never was a political issue for Bush, who was
elected to the Senate from Connecticut in 1952.
Reports of Bush's involvement with the seized bank have
been circulating on the Internet for years and have
been reported by some mainstream media. The newly declassified
documents provide additional details about the Union
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