Did Ben Carson Lie About A West Point “Scholarship?”

Question:  Did Carson lie about being offered a “full scholarship” to West Point?

Evidence (according to Politico):

1.  In his book, “Gifted Hands,” Carson describes a 1969 meeting with Gen. William Westmoreland — fresh off four years of directing the U.S. military strategy in Vietnam — that Carson said resulted in being offered a “full scholarship” to West Point.

2.  Carson’s campaign admitted that the former neurosurgeon not only fabricated the story of his acceptance into the prestigious military academy, but he never actually applied. This concession came after Politico obtained evidence from a West Point spokesperson that the academy has no record of Carson’s application or his admission — calling into question a key piece of the presidential hopeful’s personal history.

3.  “Dr. Carson was the top ROTC student in the city of Detroit,” Barry Bennett, Carson’s campaign manager, told Politico. “In that Ben Carsonrole he was invited to meet General Westmoreland. He believes it was at a banquet. He can’t remember with specificity their brief conversation but it centered around Dr. Carson’s performance as ROTC city executive officer.  He was introduced to folks from West Point by his ROTC supervisors,” Bennett continued in his email to Politico. “They told him they could help him get an appointment based on his grades and performance in ROTC. He considered it but in the end did not seek admission.”

My take on it:  To a young individual who does not fully understand the appointment system to the U.S. service academies, being told West Pointby folks at West Point that they can help you obtain an appointment can certainly seem like you’re being told that you’ve been offered a scholarship.  Obtaining an appointment, however, is only half the process.  You must still be selected by board.  If Carson was indeed the top ROTC student in the city of Detroit with high grades, however, then changes were high that he’d have been selected — IF he could obtain an actual appointment, which is NOT an easy accomplishment.

3.  The West Point spokesperson told Politico it’s entirely possible that Westmoreland spoke to the 17-year-old Carson and perhaps encouraged the young ROTC student to consider applying to the academy. However, Politico questions whether that fabled encounter with the famous general even took place.

Although Politico tends to have a Republican tilt, it sounds to me like the media is seeking to shed light on the principle danger of electing Carson to the White House:  He’s way out of his league.  Whether or not he actually lied or was simply sharing his inexperienced perspective using terms he know is beside the point.  He walked into this landmine.  He’s a newbie stumbling along, ready to stumble headlong into numerous political traps.  Is that the kind of leader our country needs in these dangerous times?  Don’t get me wrong, as he is by no means “stupid,” and I do admire his religious convictions.  The world of medicine, however, is not a suitable training ground for becoming the leader of the most powerful country in the world.  Combined with his pension for refusing to see the Constitution for what it is, word for word, I really don’t think he’s the right man for the job.

Ben Carson just doesn’t have what it takes to navigate the tough political landscape of Washington D.C., much less the world at large.

Trump, on the other hand, does have what it takes, not only with respect to politics, but also with respect to business, and if you haven’t figured it out, yet, America survives and thrives on its global economic and business ties.

Ben Carson Holds an Incredible Understanding of World Events

Heed Netanyahu’s Iran Warnings
Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 10:38 AM
By Ben Carson

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed great Ben Carsonleadership when delivering his speech to a joint session of Congress regarding America’s potential nuclear deal with Iran.

History and our past relations with Netanyahu indicate that the prime minister has earned some trust. No matter what side of the aisle we stand on, we must stand with Israel.

Last December, I had the magnificent opportunity to travel to Israel and visit many historical sites of spiritual importance. After speaking with many Israeli citizens, witnessing firsthand the beauty of a nation with so much pride, I could not help but think of how we as the United States have a strong Judeo-Christian heritage.

Israel is one of our strongest allies, and acknowledging the history that we share is important to our identity and to the promising value system we maintain.

The country of Iran continues to conceal aspects of its nuclear program, and thus its compliance is heavily questioned. Iran’s regime and its quest for nuclear weapons is not merely a Jewish problem, but rather it poses a substantial and realistic threat to world peace.

As was expressed by Netanyahu, things undoubtedly will become worse if there is a deal that gives the Iranians protection and enables them to continue flagrantly operating secret nuclear facilities — as they had been doing in Natanz and Qom — while ostensibly invested in a diplomatic process with the United States.

We must not allow them to continue to enrich uranium and maintain their enormous nuclear infrastructure. According to estimates, Iran could have 190,000 centrifuges enriching uranium within a matter of weeks.

A breakout time to a nuclear bomb (breakout time referring to the amount of time it takes to accumulate enough weapons-grade uranium or plutonium for a nuclear bomb) would be approximately one year, according to a U.S. assessment. In February of 2014, the Institute for Science and International Security estimated this time period to stand at roughly two months.

Meanwhile, the IAEA (or the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency) continues to report that Iran refuses to be transparent with IAEA inspectors about its military nuclear program.

The current deal with Iran allows for various concessions, including the inability to destroy any nuclear facilities, as well as enabling all restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program to automatically expire in a decade. Does that sound comforting to you?

As the United States works to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, we are also dealing with ISIS as a formidable enemy that threatens our way of life. Every resource available should be used to eradicate the threat of ISIS while it is still in its adolescent stage.

That means using every military apparatus we have — banking facilities, sanctions, you name it. And I would not hesitate to put boots on the ground, because nothing should be off the table.

This whole concept of no boots on the ground because of what happened in Iraq is silly. The threat that Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida posed at that time was on a completely different level from what we are looking at now. It is immature to equate the two in terms of reactions.

ISIS wants to destroy our way of life and us. We have two choices. We can sit back and wait for them, or we can use the resources we have to destroy them.

We need to be the leader and take serious action. I am extraordinarily concerned about the fact that we are not responding to the barbaric acts that are taking place, as there is a tremendous leadership void. A coalition will form if it has a leader.

I would commit everything to eliminating ISIS right now. We have to make sure that our military, which is extremely talented and maintains very good leadership, is not put into a compromised position where we are trying to micromanage things. Otherwise, we will be exposing many people to a state of grave danger.

Across the globe, citizens are dealing with an evil in today’s society that is threatening Christians, Jews and anyone who does not believe as ISIS does. If we allow it to continue to grow, it will become a big tree with lots of branches and roots, rather than the bush it is now.

The lack of an adequate response to both ISIS and Iran will endanger not only us in the long run — but the entire world.

Dr. Ben Carson is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and has been awarded more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees and dozens of national merit citations. He has authored more than 100 neurosurgical publications and has written five best-selling books, including “America the Beautiful.”