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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Romney's non-veteran status

The AP published a non-story today. They point out, accurately, that neither Romney nor Obama have served in the military but that since Romney deferred his draft through academic pursuits and religious pursuits (an LDS mission) and Obama wasn't of age during a US war, that somehow Romney's lack of military service matters even more than Obama's, even with Obama not signing up for the draft. Which I thought was illegal? It is. But it's just fine to be a draft dodger as a liberal, because it's 'cool' for them. Nothing any Republican does is ever painted as 'cool' in our news media.
Here's another part that doesn't make sense. First, a quote by Romney:
"Greatness in a people, I believe, is measured by the extent to which they will give themselves to something bigger than themselves," Romney said in San Diego last week to a Memorial Day crowd of thousands, flush with military veterans of all ages.

He did not address his own Vietnam history that day. And his campaign has refused to comment publicly on the subject over the past week.
The AP is seriously considering that only military service can count as giving to "something bigger than themselves?" I seriously doubt it. Bill Clinton didn't serve in Vietnam either and evidently that didn't hurt him too much with voters, despite being a "draft dodger." Bill Clinton didn't serve anything higher than himself, unlike Romney who devoted 2 1/2 years to a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. George W. Bush didn't serve in the military either, and that didn't seem to hurt him with veterans. Nor did Obama ever serve anything higher than himself. So to take Romney to task on his lack of military service is absurd and hypocritical.
The AP masks their hypocrisy by saying that it matters to some veterans that Romney never served in the military yet supports a large military presence. Yeah, well neither did Obama and he presided over a big surge in Afghanistan before any promise of withdrawing troops happened in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Nor did Bush. Clinton had our military involved in a bunch of places too like Somalia and the Balkans. Let's not skip over history, journalists. What is detrimental to one must damage the other in similar circumstances. You're blowing your "unbiased" cover.

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