Here it is – CBS’ “60 Minutes” transcript on Bush AWOL during Vietnam war

No need to even spin this one, it stands on its own, documents and all. From CBS. Read the whole story, here is just a clip:

Did then-Lt. Bush fulfill all of his military obligations? And just how did he land that spot in the National Guard in the first place? Correspondent Dan Rather has new information on the president’s military service – and the first-ever interview with the man who says he pulled strings to get young George W. Bush into the Texas Air National Guard…

A few months before Mr. Bush would become eligible for the draft, Barnes says he had a meeting with the late oilman Sid Adger, a friend to both Barnes and then-Congressman George Bush.

“It’s been a long time ago, but he said basically would I help young George Bush get in the Air National Guard,” says Barnes, who then contacted his longtime friend Gen. James Rose, the head of Texas’ Air National Guard.

“I was a young ambitious politician doing what I thought was acceptable,” says Barnes. “It was important to make friends. And I recommended a lot of people for the National Guard during the Vietnam era – as speaker of the house and as lt. governor.”

George W. Bush was among those he recommended for the National Guard. Was this a case of preferential treatment?

“I would describe it as preferential treatment. There were hundreds of names on the list of people wanting to get into the Air National Guard or the Army National Guard,” says Barnes. “I think that would have been a preference to anybody that didn’t want to go to Vietnam or didn’t want to leave. We had a lot of young men that left and went to Canada in the ’60s and fled this country. But those that could get in the Reserves, or those that could get in the National Guard – chances are they would not have to go to Vietnam.”

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