Hoaxes Propped Up CBS's Fraudulent Memos (Part III): Missing-Explosives Hoax; Sugarcoated Records Hoax.
Dan Rather's CBS' 60 Minutes Hit Piece on President Bush's ANG Record based on Left-Wing Media Hoaxes.
Col. John H. Wambough, Jr. USAF (Ret.)
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"380 Tons of RDX and HMX Missing" Hoax
"Sugarcoated Officer Efficiency Report" Hoax
Media (LWM) treachery, deception and distortion laid a solid foundation for
Dan Rather's CBS' 60 Minute fabricated story and fraudulent memos. Thousands of communications misled
the American people about George W. Bush's (GWB's) service in the Air National Guard (ANG). LWM fraudulently
I will discuss the Sugarcoated Officer Efficiency Report Hoax below. However, a new hoax has just hit the wire this week - just in time to impact our national elections. Let's call it the "380 Tons of RDX and HMX Missing Hoax". Let's put this in perspective:
have a candidate for President that has said the Iraq War was the wrong war at the wrong time and
the wrong place. Of the 1,000,000 tons of munitions in
Tons of RDX and HMX missing is a hoax story. The story (when it broke) gave no
time-line for when the RDX and HMX went missing (other than sometime after military
operations commenced in Iraq). The thrust of the NYT story is that our troops were
incompetent; that the 380 tons were taken away right under their nose; that the President was
incompetent. We now know possible scenario time-lines for the removal of the
explosives (March and April 2003). We now know that
it was likely that most of these sensitive explosives were moved out of
the al Qaqaa facility in a prewar dispersal ordered by Saddam Hussein (before March 19,
interview with John A. Shaw regarding Russian Special Forces removal of critical
sensitive items from these facilities and explosives prior to U.S. Armed Forces
arriving at the al Qaqaa facility. Photos
point to removal of weapons within weeks prior to the beginning of military operations in
Iraq (March 2003). We now know that an NBC
News report showed that the HMX and RDX explosives were not present when coalition forces
first arrived at Al Qaqaa on
ABC crew video of April 18 showed explosives in the Al Qaqaa facility indicating "not"
all munitions or explosives had been removed. Units of the 101st Airborne Division were near Al
Qaqaa for "two to three weeks," starting April 10. Then they headed north to
now know that our military planners took appropriate steps to reduce the stockpiles of dangerous
of Dan Rather's CBS' 60 Minutes
Okay, now back to the main subject of this article: "Sugarcoated Officer Efficiency Report Hoax":
The components of this LWM hoax were myths: (1) that GWB received "sugarcoated" officer efficiency reports (OERs); that GWB didn't get superior ratings based on his own merit; that Dan Rather's CBS's 60 Minute memos confirmed GWB was getting “sugarcoated” ratings; (2) that GWB'S performance ratings were the result of political influence, favoritism and special treatment as evidenced by command pressure placed on GWB's Squadron Commander (Lt. Col. Killian); that Dan Rather's CBS's 60 Minute memos confirmed that Col Stuadt was the individual applying the command pressure; (3) that Killian wouldn’t give GWB a “sugarcoated” rating in 1973 even though under pressure to do so; that GWB received a "Not Observed" report because his Squadron Commander didn't know where GWB was or what he was doing.
First Myth - that GWB received "sugarcoated" officer efficiency reports; that GWB didn't get exceptional reports based on his own merit; that Dan Rather's CBS's 60 minute memos, finally, has confirmed that GWB received “sugarcoated” ratings. The facts: (1) GWB was a top notch officer and fighter pilot and universally respected by his Squadron Commander Lt. Col Killian, the officer pilots he flew with in the 111th Fighter Interceptor Squadron and officers in his Texas Air National Guard (TANG) . GWB didn't need anyone to "sugarcoat" his ratings. (2) The Dan Rather's CBS's 60 Minute memos were proved fabricated and fraudulent.
Myth - that GWB'S performance ratings were the result of political influence, favoritism, special
treatment as evidenced by command pressure placed on GWB's Squadron Commander (Lt. Col. Killian); that
Dan Rather's CBS's 60 Minute memos has now confirmed where the command pressure on Killian to
“sugarcoat” GWB’s officer efficiency reports was coming from; command pressure was
being exerted by Colonel Staudt. The facts: (1) Colonel Staudt had no leverage to exert
command pressure on commanders’ Hodges or Killian to “sugarcoat” GWB’s rating since Staudt
was no longer in the command line. Staudt retired from the TANG almost 1½ years before the
alleged command pressure on Killian, Staudt had retired from the ANG on
Myth - that Killian wouldn’t give GWB a “sugarcoated” rating in 1973 even though under
command pressure to do so; that GWB received a Non Observed rating because his Squadron Commander
didn't know where GWB was or what he was doing. The facts: (1) GWB could have cared less
about an OER in 1973 since he wasn’t making the ANG a career; a sugarcoated OER would have
been meaningless. (2) Lt. Col. Killian would have viewed the preparation of an OER on GWB as a
waste of time in 1973 since GWB wasn’t going to remain in the Air National Guard. (3) To
the extent Killian wanted to get in touch with GWB, he would have known exactly how to do it.
Whatever arangements GWB had with his Squadron Commander over thirty years ago resulted in
GWB’s honorable discharge
A serendipity benefit of the CBS 60 Minutes fraudulent memo scandal was that the public got to hear directly from retired ANG senior officers about GWB's ANG service (unfiltered by LWM). What these officers had to say was quite different from what LWM had been telling the American people. Retired Colonel Walter B. "Buck" Staudt (who conducted the interview that resulted in GWB being selected by the ANG) stated in an ABC Special Interview that: "He recalled Bush as a standout candidate"; “No one called me about taking George Bush into the Air National Guard. It was my decision. I swore him in. I never heard anything from anybody.”; “He didn’t use political influence to get into the Air National Guard”; “He was highly qualified. He passed all the scrutiny and tests he was given” “He was a well-educated, bright-eyed young man, just the kind of guy we were looking for." "He presented himself well. He more than met the requirements for pilot training. I’d say he was in the upper 10 percent or 5 percent or whatever we ever talked to about going to pilot training. We were pretty particular because when he came back (from training); we had to fly with him.”
While the American people heard the steady drum beat of attacks on GWB's service in the ANG, LWM refused to scrutinize Kerry's service history. There were no LWM lawsuits for the release of Kerry's records as there were for GWB and there was no pressure applied by LWM for Kerry to sign form 180 - which would have released all of Kerry's military records. LWM didn't permit a video critical of Kerry (Stolen Honor) to be seen by the American people Think about it. Kerry makes Vietnam the centerpiece of his campaign for President. The Vietnam Prisoners of War that were most impacted by Kerry's actions would like to heard; LWM won't give them the time of day. To view Stolen Honor, Click Here.
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John Wambough is a retired Air Force colonel with 28 years of service. During his career in the Air Force, Colonel Wambough flew F-105 and F-111 tactical fighter aircraft. His combat tour in Southeast Asia was in the F-105s with the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron. Also, he served in Current Operations at 7th Air Force Headquarters, TanSon Nhut Air Base, RVN. He was a Fighter Squadron Commander (F - 111E aircraft, 55 TFS, Royal Air Force, Upper Heyford, United Kingdom) and later Group Commander at the same base. He served on the Air Staff and Joint Staff in the Pentagon -- and attended the National War College. He was head of the Joint Studies Group at Tactical Command Headquarters, Langley AFB, Virginia and completed his service in the Air Force as Commander of the 4442nd Tactical Control Group and Commandant of the United States Air Force Air Ground Operations School, Hurlburt Field, Florida. He retired in March 1990 - having served 28 years in the Air Force. Contact info: email@example.com Visit Site: www.nsar.us
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