Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Wait a sec...I didn't know George Allen dodged the draft...

I may have missed something, or maybe it wasn't newsworthy during the 2006 Senate election cycle (though I don't know why that would be), but according to Pete Duffy, George Allen dodged the draft. This atrocious was noted in his letter to the editor of the Free Lance Star back on December 4, 2006.
Bush, et al. send soldiers where they refused to go
Pete Duffy
Date published: 12/4/2006


Sen. Kerry was right about education and the military, but for a bygone era.

The ABCs in the mid-'60s to early '70s were: (A) Allen, (B) Bush, (C) Cheney, (D) draft dodgers of the Vietnam War (all of the above), and (E) education deferments (A, B, and C).

After George W. Bush exhausted his student deferments, his father pulled strings to get him into the National Guard during the height of the Vietnam War.

George W., the hypocrite, circumvented the need for a military draft for the war in Iraq by "drafting" today's National Guardsmen.

Dick Cheney, after flunking out of Yale, limped back to Wyoming for more education deferments and a hardship deferment.

George Allen enjoyed several years of student deferments before the Vietnam War finally ended.

I don't begrudge Bush, Cheney, and Allen's use of education deferments to avoid service in the Vietnam War, but I do begrudge their so readily sending our young soldiers to Iraq and keeping them there.

Because of this I voted for neither Bush nor Allen a second time.

Pete Duffy
King George
Well, listen; I don't like former Senator George Allen and I really have no respect for him, but Pete Duffy's one-liner (with no proof or evidence) doesn't make me like him (Allen) or respect him any less. I hate his stance on the war, and I hate his politics, but I don't necessarily believe he dodges the draft.

But I may investigate further...


Another letter to the editor caught my eye, though, and it is in response to the above.
'Dodging' the draft has nothing to do with Iraq
Dana Getty
Date published: 12/13/2006


I'm getting very tired of hearing everyone talk of the young soldiers whose lives are being risked for evil political gain or some backwards agenda.

In his letter to the editor, Pete Duffy goes into detail about George Allen, George Bush, and Dick Cheney allegedly dodging the draft for Vietnam ["Bush, et al. send soldiers ," Dec. 4].

I could respond in kind to these claims, identifying other politicians who dodged the draft, but I can't really conclude what that has to do with the soldiers who are currently going to war.

When people are drafted, they are forced into the military. This is a significant difference from the soldiers who are now in the military, because they've made a deliberate decision to be in the armed services, which always provides the possibility of going to war.

In addition, I can't comprehend why it is that people bemoan the hardship of these young soldiers, because in my mind any soldier lost is a tragedy to this country.

These people made a conscious decision to serve this country. Whether they thought they'd see war is irrelevant.

They signed up knowing full well what the risk was while exercising their own free will.

If Mr. Duffy doesn't like someone's politics (such as Allen, Bush, or Cheney), then that is certainly his prerogative, but he shouldn't act as if these politicians' "dodging" of the draft has anything to do with our soldiers in Iraq.

Dana Getty
Fredericksburg
Hmmmmmmmmmm...some points to make...

Dana says she is "getting very tired of hearing everyone talk of the young soldiers whose lives are being risked for evil political gain or some backwards agenda."

Oh. Tired of hearing people talk about the soldiers, huh? Well, I must say; that is pretty un-American and downright disgusting. You support a war, but don't want to "hear about the soldiers"? Despicable. Dana Getty of Fredericksburg should be ashamed of herself. I'm ashamed to be in the same state as she is.

Dana says: "In his letter to the editor, Pete Duffy goes into detail about George Allen, George Bush, and Dick Cheney allegedly dodging the draft for Vietnam ["Bush, et al. send soldiers ," Dec. 4]".

Um, yeah...the "detail" was this lone sentence: "George Allen enjoyed several years of student deferments before the Vietnam War finally ended." Yeah...not really much detail. A little on the defensive, huh Dana?

Dana goes on, though I don't now why: "I could respond in kind to these claims, identifying other politicians who dodged the draft, but I can't really conclude what that has to do with the soldiers who are currently going to war.

When people are drafted, they are forced into the military. This is a significant difference from the soldiers who are now in the military, because they've made a deliberate decision to be in the armed services, which always provides the possibility of going to war.

In addition, I can't comprehend why it is that people bemoan the hardship of these young soldiers, because in my mind any soldier lost is a tragedy to this country.

These people made a conscious decision to serve this country. Whether they thought they'd see war is irrelevant.

They signed up knowing full well what the risk was while exercising their own free will."


Oh, I see. So, because they signed up willingly, they deserve NOTHING. They don't deserve any cohesive plan to get in and get out, they don't deserve proper armor, they don't deserve a WINNING strategy, they don't deserve our fear and compassion for them, they should just shut up and do what they are told, do what they are there to do. And hey; all of those "promises" the recruiter made to them (aka selling the war by whoring the military out to prospective members with visions of free school and a stable life upon return-yeah right), well I guess they don't deserve those either. Seems a bit fascist to me, Dana. I'm sorry you are such a pig.

And finally, where Republicans are the most disillusioned: If Mr. Duffy doesn't like someone's politics (such as Allen, Bush, or Cheney), then that is certainly his prerogative, but he shouldn't act as if these politicians' "dodging" of the draft has anything to do with our soldiers in Iraq.

Well now that is just pathetic. If you see nothing wrong with politicians pushing a war on Americans without any knowledge or intelligence of war, then you are just an uninformed and uneducated idiot; plain and simple. The fact that some people cannot see the importance in electing real people with real life experiences over career political hacks who have a sick fascination with sending other people's children to war only makes people like me work harder to make sure people like Dana Getty are ALWAYS IN THE MINORITY.

Go ahead; keep it up with the anger and bitter partisnship, Republicans.

Keep it up...the voters are watching and reading.

3 Comments:

Anonymous the_stenographer said...

Wait....last time I checked, didn't George Allen lose the election? Why don't you all just let it go?

12:04 AM  
Blogger Terry said...

You better be careful, they might release that book they probably keep on you in the unfortunate event that you release damaging information about them.

12:04 AM  
Blogger Phriendly Jaime said...

You obviously didn't read anything beyond the title. I mock the author for saying that about George Allen with no proof. Scroll back up, and try again.

9:22 AM  

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