The man who dishonored American veterans by hiding out from the Vietnam War in the Texas Air National Guard added insult to injury this week by shamelessly invoking memories of those who died in war as a pathetic excuse to continue his illegal and failed war in Iraq.

Bush’s lame attempt so disgusted veterans attending the VFW annual convention in Salt Lake City that many of them wore “B.S. Protector” ear muffs during his speech to the group on Monday.

Memo to the dimwit now living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: When the vets who actually fought for their country stop buying your bullshit you’re in a lot of trouble.

Truth is, veterans, especially those who served in Vietnam, have long distrusted Dubya. They know he hid out from war, using his daddy’s connections to get bumped to the head of the line to get in the Texas Air National Guard to avoid serving in Southeast Asia. They’ve seen the enlistment documents where he opted out of overseas service, an extra step to make sure he stayed stateside during the war.

Real veterans can smell a coward and Bush stinks like a dead, rotting carcass – yellow through-and-through, a cardboard cowboy who can sign an executive order sending American men and women to their deaths in Iraq but one who didn’t have the courage to stand up and fight for his country when he had a chance.

Many vets joined in the patriotic fervor that followed the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and supported our military actions in Afghanistan to try and bring Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to justice. Some backed the invasion of Iraq, choosing to believe Bush’s “justifications” for the war, justifications that turned out to be manufactured evidence and outright lies.

Now more and more vets see Bush for what he is – a lying, sniveling coward who does not deserve to be called Commander in Chief. They see a man who sent Americans to die in a war based on false pretenses and now has the gall to try and invoke the memories of real heroes to try and rationalize his illegality, immorality and cowardice.

They don’t buy it. Why should they? They served their country in war. He didn’t. He hid out like a spoiled little rich kid, afraid to stand up and face the enemy. Ironically, and sadly, the coward who used the National Guard to avoid service in conflict is now the President who sends Reserve and Guard Units to fight and die in his own dirty little war.

Veterans know Bush sold out this nation, its honor and its dignity by invading a country that posed no immediate threat to this nation and waging a war that didn’t need to be fought. They know the blood of more than 1,800 Americans forever stains the hands of a coward named Bush and every fool who supports him and his war.

They also see Bush as the President who cut their benefits, reduced their cost of living allowances and sent troops into battle without proper equipment, armor or safeguards.

Veterans who served their country have no use for someone who did not.

They have no use for George W. Bush.