Originally Posted by Shane
Swift Boat makers attacked Kerry's best asset, no more no less, and it was very good politics, although it lowered the bar considerably. BTW, Cheny had SIX deferments, no one can even find full records of W's national guard duty (which is a cop out in and of itself), and right now you have been spun enough to criticize someone who actually went? What the hell is wrong with you?
I am not criticizing Kerry for going. I don't want him as president because of what he believes and how he would lead our country. If he makes Vietnam the central issue of his campaign, then he opens himself up for political attacks.
I don't accept the premise that attempting to legally avoid serving in the military during the Vietnam war was a bad thing, or less honorable than volunteering to go.
If drafted, going to Canada (liberal badge of honor until Kerry ran for office) was not honorable in my opinion. Carter granted amnesty to them. They were welcomed as heros by the left.
I never begrudged Clinton going the education route. I would have done the same.
Bush served in the National Guard, which was enough to be called a baby-killer by liberals in the late 60s. Yet once Kerry showed up, only "gook" scalps were enough to be president. Strange.
I don't believe that the only thing that qualifies a person to endorse the use of our military is experience killing enemies with your bare hands and getting wounded.
Carter was in the Navy on a nuclear sub. Reagan was never truly in the service. Clinton avoided the draft. So did Bush. Kerry volunteered and saw combat.
None of this over rides the duty to thoughtfully consider what each of these men would do as Commander in Chief.