When Clinton ran for president, the fact that he had avoided the draft was not a major issue.
For Bush, who took flight training in the Texas National Guard at a time when some of the guard was deployed in Viet Nam, it was “Spun” by those who don’t know these things as “draft dodging” even though the Air Guard is frequently called up for emergencies and wars.
So for the next cycle of elections, we have (ta dah!) the sixties generation of draft dogers and the post boomer Obama, who was brought up in Asia by a white mother but is claiming solidarity with the Afro American experience.
Well, he has a nice smile, so will probably be president, perhaps in 2012. But one doubts he has the knowledge to do so earlier, especially since his parroting of the far left seems to be due to his lack of experience (in contrast to Hillary, who knows better, but is bowing to the left to win over Obama, not noticing she just lost the Reagan Democrat vote by voting against troop funding).
Obama criticized McCain’s vote for funding, saying:
“And if there ever was a reflection of that it’s the fact that Senator McCain required a flack jacket, ten armored Humvees, two Apache attack helicopters, and 100 soldiers with rifles by his side to stroll through a market in Baghdad just a few weeks ago.
McCain’s answer is priceless:
“While Senator Obama’s two years in the U.S. Senate certainly entitle him to vote against funding our troops, my service and experience combined with conversations with military leaders on the ground in Iraq lead me to believe that we must give this new strategy a chance to succeed because the consequences of failure would be catastrophic to our nation’s security.
“By the way, Senator Obama, it’s a ‘flak’ jacket, not a ‘flack’ jacket.”
Guess a guy whose plane was downed by flak knows a little more about war than a politician whose smile and race are his only qualifications.
Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines.