Senator John McCain became upset after Senator Obama criticized him for his failure to support the new version of the GI Bill of Rights which guarantees full education scholarships and stipends for all who served in the military for at least three years. In response, the former war hero went on the offensive: “I will not accept from Senator Obama, who did not feel it was his responsibility to serve our country in uniform, any lectures on my regard for those who did.” It was clear Senator McCain regards any criticism about anything to do with his views on the military as giving him the right to attack his opponent.
If one accepts the criticism of McCain, that it is necessary to have served in the military before making comments about it, there are many Republicans who certainly fit into the category of those who didn’t feel it necessary to serve in the military. Vice President Dick Cheney dodged serving during the Vietnam War era on grounds he had “more important things to do,” and President Bush made certain he never got close to combat while in the service.
At present, there are 1.5 million serving in the military out of a population of 300,000.000 which means 99% of the population lacks military service. Few Republcans who are in Congress or members of the Bush administration ever served. One can only assume, according to the McCain criteria, he alone will be qualified to speak about miitary matters in the upcoming election.