I have made this point many times on this board.
There is not a veteran’s status litmus test in American politics, nor should there be one. And I say that as a veteran myself.
I give due credit to John Kerry’s genuine heroism, and always have. But it doesn’t show what kind of president he’ll be.
Anyone who plays up his medals in this race over George Bush’s more modest service needs to ask themselves very basic questions. When Bill Clinton (who as we all know, avoided the draft) ran in 1996 against Bob Dole, a partially paralyzed veteran and Bronze Star winner, who did you vote for?
And when Bill Clinton ran in 1992 against George H.W. Bush, the youngest combat pilot in the Navy in WWII and holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross, who did you vote for?
Anybody who voted for the draft avoider then, but say they can’t do it now on principle, is a hypocrite.
However, if you voted issues all the way through, you can have voted for John Kerry and for Bill Clinton with a clean conscience, just like I can vote similarly for George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush with no worries on that score.