Ben Barnes Sorry He Used His Power for Bush
Tonight on 60 Minutes, Dan Rather interviewed Ben Barnes, the Texas Speaker of the House during Vietnam who got President Bush in the National Guard. He said he was sorry he had the power he used to decide who would go to Vietnam and who would go to the Guard.
"I've thought about it an awful lot and you walk through the Vietnam memorial, particularly at night like I did a few months ago and, I tell you, you'll think about it a long time. ...I don't think that I had any right to have the power that I had to choose who was going to Vietnam and who was not going to Vietnam. That's power. In some instances, when I looked at those names, I was maybe determining life or death and that's not a power that I want to have. ..."
Rather also outlines four documents he obtained from the personal files of Col. Jerry Killian, Mr. Bush's squadron commander:
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