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EXCLUSIVE: Bush's Tactical Lying by Jim Moore

Sat, 30 Oct 2004 16:24:42 +0000

Democrats.com EXCLUSIVE Bush's Tactical LyingBy James C. Moore Author of Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential Being wrong is not very gratifying. Still, I had hoped I was mistaken about George W. Bush. But all of the evidence indicated my president was a liar, a man skilled at deception and changing the evidence to construct alternate realities. I had been interviewing and writing about Mr. Bush consistently for over 15 years and had spoken with him on the record many times prior to his political ascension. I gave him the benefit of believing what he told me. This is what journalists do. But they also verify. And when I began the business of corroborating and trying to check out George W. Bush and his various narratives, I began to have grave doubts. I wrote about them in two books: Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential, and Bush's War for Re-election: Iraq, the White House, and the People. I had evidence, documentation, interviews, narratives, and everything a writer needs to construct a story line. But no one who knew the exact truth from the Bush perspective, including Mr. Bush, ever agreed to go on the record. My work, as a result, was often dismissed by the Bush team as "leftist," and a specious political attack, even though I had been working in mainstream journalism for over 25 years. My doubts are gone now, and yours should be, too, as a result of a fine piece of journalism by my indefatigable friend Russ Baker. Baker, who writes frequently for various national publications, landed a long interview with Mickey Herskowitz, originally retained by Mr. Bush to write the pre-presidential biography in 1999. Herskowitz, a long time friend of the Bush family, built a successful career as a ghostwriter for the famous. And it is Herskowitz who got the unvarnished truth from George W. Bush during a series of long interviews. Recently, Russ Baker got Herskowitz to sit down to a taped interview and talk about what Bush had related when they began work on the Bush biography in 1999. And, according to Herskowitz, almost everything the public thinks it knows about Bush is wrong. For 10 years, I have been trying to prove Mr. Bush has been lying and obfuscating about his time in the Texas and Alabama Air National Guard. Russ Baker's interview with Herskowitz proved I was right. As I traveled on the 2000 presidential campaign, I grew weary of hearing Mr. Bush claim that he had reported for duty in Alabama and then, in his biography, A Charge to Keep, he claimed he continued to fly with his Texas unit for many years. Unless our president is pathological, he knew this was not true. I never found a record to prove Lt. Bush ever reported to duty in Alabama, yet the magnificent research work of Paul Lukasiak proved that Mr. Bush got paid. In fact, the director of human resources for the Alabama National Guard, Kenneth Lott, admitted to the Los Angeles Times that he never processed paperwork for Lt. Bush, which meant the Texas transfer pilot never did a day of duty. Further complicating the story, Bush's commander in Houston, Rufus Martin told the paper he had "no personnel contact" for the Alabama unit Lt. Bush was supposed to join. Lukasiak's work, a significant public service, shows that Martin should have never signed pay vouchers for Lt. Bush without approved paperwork from Alabama. But he did. And Lt. Bush got paid. This is particularly surprising given what Mr. Bush told Herskowitz, and what Russ Baker reported. He said he left Houston's guard unit under "murky circumstances" and never flew again. I had made this assertion many times, but never had proof until Baker's reporting confirmed what the missing and available records had been telling me. My own research and writing indicated the future president was given a free pass to simply leave for Alabama and not report to any kind of duty ever again. And that's precisely how Mr. Bush related the story to Herskowitz back in 1999. During the campaign in 2000, [...]