Holy land of the living! What a week in presidential election news. Can you feel the electricity and the tension?
Ben Carson: Chest Full of Ribbons and Story Full of Holes
Needing no further preamble, let us jump right into this Politico story about Ben Carson and his claim in his biography, “Gifted Hands,” that he had dinner with a “very prominent Viet Nam (sic) War” General William Westmoreland, and was “later offered a full scholarship to West Point.” First, who edited Carson’s book? Whoever it was chose to leave out any kind of explanation or context with regards to Gen. Westmoreland himself, and second, here in America we spell it “Vietnam!” Third, who let him get away with writing that he had a “chest full” of ribbons—from JROTC!—while marching in a parade? Good grief.
Politico did its research on Carson’s claim, and—low and behold—found that he was never offered a scholarship to the United States Military Academy at West Point, nor did he ever apply to the school. Carson’s campaign admitted the same in response to the Politico story, and one can already hear the apologists on the right, and the pitchfork-wielding elites on the left, gearing up for a good ‘ole fashioned political takedown/defense of the neurosurgeon-cum-presidential candidate. Maybe he deserves to sweat this one a little bit? He clearly fabricated that story, and thus must explain himself. And those ROTC ribbons, sheesh. We will keep you apprised of the developments. Moving on.