Senator John McCain, who served in the military during the Vietnam War, criticized his Republican opponents for their failure to serve in the military. In discussion of issues such as torture, he said, “There’s a clear division between those who have a military background and experience in these issues and people like Giuliani, Romney and Thompson who didn’t–who chose to do other things when this nation was fighting its wars,” Mitt Romney responded that while he never served, he did service in private, public and nonprofit sectors which was “highly relevant to lead the nation at a time when we face such extraordinary challenges.” Rudy Giuliani continued praising himself for knowing more about fighting terrorism than anyone else because “I’ve faced crisis more than the other ones have.” McCain was angry that Rudy G. backed use of waterboarding during interrogations. Senator McCain pointed out that anyone who has served in the military knows that torture “cannot be condoned.” He also pointed out that neither of his opponents had been criticizing the Bush failed policies in Iraq while he had constantly been urging sending more troops to do the job. None of the three joined the military during the Vietnam war and Giuliani got draft deferments to remain in college while Romney got a draft deferment so he could spread Mormonism, and Thompson was married.
I believe Senator McCain is off base on his criticism. After all, Mayor Rudy Giuliani demonstrated his bravery under fire by ordering Palestinian leader Arafat to be escorted out of a concert hall while attending a UN session. That action required as much bravery as what McCain encountered fighting against people who actually shot back at him. And, lest we not forget, the mayor walked the streets of New York during 9/11 escorted by about fifty policemen. Certainly, his heroism should be acknowledged by McCain. I guess McCain must have strong feelings about the lack of service by Cheney and his fellow coward, Bush.