Dean apparently lied on a questionaire, saying his brother was in the armed forces. I’d like to presume he lied because he strikes me as the lying type. But I’ve long had a sneaking suspicion that his brother was in the CIA. Dean comes from blood possibly even bluer than George W. Bush’s. The CIA used to fill its ranks with the fruit of the WASPy loom and it’s entirely conceivable that Dean’s brother followed that tradition. I have no evidence of this except for the fact that his brother was travelling as a “tourist” in the backwaters of Laos when he was killed by Communist insurgents in the early 1970s. Considering how dumb it would be to go “hiking” through the jungles of Southeast Asia at that geopolitical moment, it seems to me a plausible explanation for why he was there. If that was the case, it would be understandable that Dean listed his brother as a member of the armed services even though it would still be technically inaccurate. And, if that’s the case he should say so. Otherwise, let him get zinged for making stuff up. He does it quite a bit for a guy who’s a Dashboard Saint in the Church of Bush is a Liar.
PS: I forgot. This would also explain his brother’s remains otherwise outrageous military reception in Hawaii not too long ago.