Saturday, August 25, 2012

Romney's Military Status?

Romney: VN Vets "Thank You for Your Service!"

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The Democrats are now attacking Mr Romney because he didn't volunteer for Military Service during the Viet Nam era?

Bill dodged the draft -- and bragged about it!

How soon Democrats forget [rather, ignore] that Bill Clinton did not serve, and in fact, avoided the draft using academic and political deferments, plus bogus paperwork during the Viet Nam War. 

Or that Al Gore served his "combat tour in Viet Nam" as a REMF in an air conditioned office in Saigon -- well out of harm's way because his dad, Senator Al Gore, Sr, made special provisions for him so he would be safe -- but could claim military service for his political future.

Romney did not volunteer for the Military while a Stanford University undergraduate, although he did take a 30 month leave of absence in 1966 -- in the early days of the war -- and served as a missionary in France.  He resumed his college studies in 1969 and was deferred from the draft as a married student. 

Congress had, by then, demanded the end to the war and withdrawal of US troops.  Romney, married with two children, was in graduate school at Harvard and continued his "Student" deferment; his high draft number effectively excluded him from the draft. 

When he graduated, the war was essentially over, and the Military was demobilized.  There was neither incentive to serve, nor shame in not serving in the Military during this period.

The Left [today's Democrat Leaders] condemned US troops(c) Sodahead
Most young Veterans of today don't grasp the politics or the mood of the United States during the Vietnam Era. 

They're used to having folks walk up to them and say
"Thank you for your Service!". 

Not so during the Vietnam era.  Anti-war propaganda and virulent Leftist activism [Student Peace Union, the radical Students for a Democratic Society, and the violent Weathermen (which bombed the Pentagon, the Capitol, and plotted the murder of US Military)] spat upon and attacked US soldiers in uniform -- whom they vilified as being "baby-killers". 

Ayers/Dohrn introduced young Barack to Michelle
Notably several of the most violent of these radicals were highly influential advisors of the young Barack Obama -- some even ended up on the FBI's Most Wanted List for their violent anti-Military activities. 

Today, you'll even find some assisting in Mr Obama's campaign reelection campaign.


To give you an idea of how most young men of that era regarded Military Service in Vietnam, we've provided a letter [abbreviated] from a now-prominent draft dodger of that era:

"Dear Colonel Holmes,

"First, I want to thank you for saving me from the draft. As you know, I worked for two years on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee which gave me the opportunity of working every day against a war I opposed and despised with a depth of feeling I had reserved solely for racism in America before Vietnam.  I did not take the matter lightly, and there was a time when not many people had more information about Vietnam at hand than I did.

"The draft was justified in World War II because the life of the people collectively was at stake. Individuals had to fight if the nation was to survive, for the lives of their countrymen and their way of life. Vietnam is no such case. Nor was Korea, an example where certain military action was justified but the draft was not.

I am in great sympathy with those who are not willing to fight, kill, and maybe die for their country.  For years I have worked to prepare myself for a political life characterized by practical political ability. It is a life I still feel compelled to try to lead. 

"When the draft came, ROTC was the one way left in which I could possibly avoid Vietnam.  At that time, after we had made our agreement and you had sent my 1-D deferment to my draft board, I didn't see how my going in the Army and going to Vietnam would achieve anything.   So I came back to England to try to make something of my Rhodes scholarship.

"I am writing in the hope that you [will] understand more clearly how so many fine people find themselves still loving their country but loathing the military, to which you and other good men have devoted years, lifetimes, of the best service you could give. To many of us, it is no longer clear what is service and what is disservice; the conclusion is likely to be illegal. 


Bill Clinton"

For your historical reference, we've provided a summary of the Vietnam War era.  Admittedly, it's  brief and incomplete, but it will give you a slightly better understanding of the events of that period, and why the US was involved, why the US population opposed this war of Lyndon Johnson, and why the young men of America were not eager to join the Military during that period.
Originally, US participation was a noble cause, resisting Communism which was being foisted on Indochina [Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia] by the Chinese and the Russians.

The French had recaptured their pre-WW2 colony from the Japanese; the Vietnamese fought for and won their independence from the French; followed by a civil war which pitted the North [with Soviet and Chinese backing] against the South -- supported by the French and the US, and a treaty then divided the North from the South.

President Eisenhower sent over US Military observers; the Communists provided military advisors and advanced weaponry.  The North Vietnamese Army [NVA] dispatched guerrilla units [the Viet Cong] into the South to disrupt the country to overthrow the government.

Special Forces Advisory Team                (c) Sean Linnane
Ike then sent in advisors and positioned warships off the coast.  When the NVA moved four Army regiments into Laos, JFK dispatched US Special Forces to the region and increased the size and capacity of the US Military Advisory Group [MAG].  By now, Indochina had become a proxy battle in the Cold War, pitting Communist China and the USSR against the US. 

This proxy contest was contained until President Johnson politicized it and manipulated the conflict into a full scale war by violating Vietnam's territorial waters, drawing fire, and then declaring the North Vietnamese had committed an act of war.  Congress thus authorized him " take all necessary steps, including the use of armed force" resulting in the escalation of the Draft, and the deployment of hundreds of thousands of reluctant US draftees to fight in a Vietnamese civil war which lacked definition for US participation.

Congress condemns the VN War 1967

By 1967, Congress had determined that Johnson had staged and provoked the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and, reacting to massive objection to the war by the American public, demanded a drawdown and withdrawal of US troops.

"The Tet Offensive" of 1968 demonstrated that the US had lost control of the war, but General Westmoreland demanded still more troops to regain the initiative.

Left blames Nixon for Johnson's war
Nixon inherited the war and attempted to scale it back and draw down the US presence.

By 1971, anti-war organizations, many of whom were sponsored and funded by the Soviet Union's KGB [the Communist Russian intelligence arm] which promoted Agitprop, [political dissidence and propaganda] into the anti-war message eagerly carried by the Press and promoted by the Left, blamed Nixon for the war!

By the time the war ended in 1975, the United States had been ripped apart by the Extreme Left's propaganda, demonstrations, and anti-Military rhetoric. 

Vietnam Bonus
The Military was completely demoralized with little to no esprit, and the units which have served proudly in the Middle East wars were in absolute shambles.  The 82d Airborne Division was a shadow of today's unit; the Air Force was stripped of its honor, the Navy was reduced to a skeleton force, and the Marines sought to regain their dignity. 

When the Democrats put Jimmy Carter in office, he cut the Military budget, and blocked any pay raises -- until his reelection campaign, when he sought the Military vote [which voted as a block against him].

Rolling Thunder Vet welcomes Sarah Palin - the Patriot the Left hates

Vietnam Veterans are proud to have served their country -- even in an unpopular war, but are totally baffled that some of today's veterans of our wars in the Middle East want to support the reelection of a President advised by the very radical Democrats who sought to destroy the United States -- and the US Military in the Vietnam Era.

Those who forget history are doomed to relive it!