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Old 05-07-2012, 12:13 PM
Jas09 Jas09 is offline
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Originally Posted by BrainGlutton View Post
Purely disgusting, that was. People were talking about Colin Powell as a presidential prospect when nobody even pretended to know the first thing about his politics!
The same thing has begun to repeat with Petraeus, although that seems to have quieted a bit.

I think the cultural shift that accompanied the Vietman war dramatically changed the way the public viewed veterans. It is nowhere near the boon it was politically prior to that. The idea that a WWII draft-dodger could be elected president seems ridiculous, but Clinton dodging Vietnam was only a minor issue.