These are points I've retracted from or changed in the George Bush Resume. I think it's important to track both the truths and the myths to keep debate objective.
- I gave $43 million to the Taliban government of Afghanistan in May 2001, knowing that the Taliban was giving sanctuary to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network that had simultaneously bombed two U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on August 7, 1998.
- Retracted 10/6/04: The "$43 million to taliban" quote is misleading, since it was paid to NGO groups for food aid, not paid directly to the Taliban. I still wonder whether giving the Taliban 2.1% of their GDP might have freed up some money from the "feed the people" account and transferred into the "hire more woman-stoning religious policemen" account.
- I dissolved the 1972 ABM treaty which had limited world production and spread of nuclear weapons. The anti-missile defense project I sacrificed this treaty to champion was a miserable failure, with only one successful test (rigged with a GPS beacon) on July 14, 2001.
- Retracted 10/6/04: This references a 2001 article pointing to a 2000 test report. There have been several (five?) successful anti-missile tests since then.
- Modified 10/8/04: I entered Yale in 1964 with a SAT of 1206 (Verbal 566, Math 640), 200 points below Yale's average freshman in 1970,
scoring in the 70th percentile nationwide. No one knows how I managed to gain admission at a school I was so clearly unqualified to attend. One theory is that my father and grandfather had attended Yale, and their legacy influenced the admissions board.
- This section has been modified to remove the 70th percentile figure and speculative statements. I haven't been able to find a distribution specifically from the year 1964 when Bush took his SATs, but 1966 scores cast doubt on this claim. Comparing Bush to 1966 scores would place him within the 89-95th Verbal, 89-94th Math percentiles for men, or within the 81-89th Verbal, 76-87th Math percentiles for college-bound men. Comparisons aside, if the item that bothers you most about Bush's resume is his high school SAT scores I would invite you to re-examine your priorities.
- Modified 10/12/04: I moved the summary of Bush's early miltiary and business career to a separate page. While Bush's test scores, guard career, and business record may be of interest to some, this record is not nearly as relevant as Bush's performance as president. This is not a retraction - I still stand by every statement in the early record - the most focus should still be on Bush's immediate record, not what he scored on his SATs 30 years ago.