McCain Blasts Republican Rivals As Draft Dodgers

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.

  • Jim

    I was 19,married and a child on the way when I got drafted. I was working on a survey crew laying out a 300 mile petro pipeline that I know was more important and did much more good for this country than going to school to learn how to manage a Mc’Donalds or learning to manage a football team.
    My first child was 20 Days old when I got on a plane for Nam. They did not give deferments for being married or even married with children.
    I saw many times when men died because air-support was not readily available. What the hell was any qualified fighter pilot doing here in the states when men were dying on the ground waiting on air support? Bush and all cowards like him should burn forever in the hottest part of hell right beside the likes of Hitler and Prescott Bush
    Mc’Cain is another story. Many ex POWs hate him because he shut down any futher POW/MIA investigations because of potential embarassment about his time in a POW camp. He has been very rude and hateful toward the loved ones of men that are still missing because to investigate all the info that we have would bring up some things that he wants to remain buried.
    We are in a bad way for choices. We have to choose between a black racial extremist, a typical political liar that has no moral/ethical boundaries or a crazy old war-monger.