So when he says he believes that the pyramids of Egypt were built by Joseph (from the bible) as grain storage facilities, rather than as tombs for the Egyptian pharoahs, we can accept that he's truthfully recounting his beliefs, and that he's way too nutty to be president.
If that is your yardstick, he is not.
You've said it enough that you believe it so. Rational people understand why an 18 year old would believe he was offered a scholarship. My brother states that his son has a full scholarship to Annapolis. That's how it was sold to them. If my brother was a Republican running for President, you'd be calling him a liar.
But a grown man writing a book--and running for the highest office in the land--should know better. He should be able to look back and see how he misunderstood something like that--if it really happened. I don't think it did--for many of the reasons stated in this thread.
I think Carson has produced a rich bank of fantasy memories for himself--so much so that he puts many of them out there as though they're real. After all, when he wrote them down he never dreamed that people would fact-check him. He could write anything he liked. So he did.
What might be up for discussion is whether or not General Westmoreland was in the area at the time Carson says the pitch was made to him by General Westmoreland. That's fair game. Do you have anything substantive on that?
BTW: I am not a Carson apologist. Given his statements, I wouldn't vote for him.
2. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.
3. My father served in World War II.
4. I did not have sexual relations with that woman.
5. I didn't want to carry a second cell phone.
They're all lies. So why should only the first one disqualify someone from running for or serving in the Oval Office?
Yet Westmoreland wasn't there at all. It was just another fantasy of Carson's that he has let become reality.