No, Dan Rather, George H.W. Bush Didn’t Kill JFK [OPINION]
With all the nice things being said, appropriately and accurately, about the late President Bush, it is also time to point out the vicious lies told about him.
Today, the world watched as America celebrated the life of George H.W. Bush and his unique contributions to our country and the world. He lived 94 years and he had two settings, according to his son, former President George W. Bush: "full throttle, then sleep."
He joined the Navy on his 18th birthday to fight in World War II. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in combat. The first recipient awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross was Charles A. Lindbergh. Bush flew 58 combat missions against Japan and survived two near-death crash landings at sea before his 21st birthday.
He nearly died fighting the Japanese-Nazi Axis forces. He came from a wealthy and politically connected family, but he went into direct combat, rather than avoid it. He and John F. Kennedy had a similar upbringing, both saw combat in World War II, and both were elected to the presidency.
Within the twisted minds of some people, those two had one more thing in common: they were both involved in the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas, Texas.
The role of JFK is obvious. The role of the other late president is as the killer.
Seriously, there are people out there who believe that George H.W. Bush was involved in that assassination. And as shocking as the charge, the list of believers is even more shocking. It is easy to dismiss the accusation because it is garbage. But the "credible" people who have lent their names to the theory is difficult to stomach.
The book Family of Secrets by Russ Baker is an investigative look at the Bush family and the history of their role in the world. Baker's book charges that George H.W. Bush murdered JFK in 1963.
The praises for the book include:
“One of the most important books of the past ten years” – Gore Vidal
“A tour de force….'Family of Secrets' has made me rethink even those events I witnessed with my own eyes” – Dan Rather
“Russ Baker’s work stands out for its fierce independence, fact-based reporting, and concern for what matters most to our democracy…A lot of us look to Russ to tell us what we didn’t know” – Bill Moyers
Today, we buried a great American and a solid public servant who earned his way into the White House.
And he didn't kill President Kennedy.
Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.