Joining the Military to Dodge the Draft?

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This also from Yale Diva. John Kerry:

"I didn't really want to get involved in the war," he later would tell the Boston Globe. "When I signed up for the swift boats, they had very little to do with the war. They were engaged in coastal patrolling, and that's what I thought I was going to do."

So what was the problem again with joining the National Guard in time of war?

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From what I understand, the complaints of the dems hasn't so much been that Bush joined the National Guard, but that he joined the National Guard and then failed to show up for significant portions of the time he was supposed to. Namely that he was AWOL--a very diferent charge than the draft dodging that you seem to think that the dems are accussing Bush of.

No, that's the more serious charge that turned out to have no more positive evidence in favor of it than the charge that Kerry had an affair with an intern (the one officer who said he didn't remember Bush admitted that he has Alzheimer's disease and often doesn't remember things). That isn't the charge I was getting at in this post anyway.

There have been a number of people complaining that his joining the National Guard itself is somehow inferior to what John Kerry did, and some of Kerry's own suggestions indicate this (e.g. his comments about really knowing what life on an aircraft carrier is like is a direct insult to Bush, who was a pilot during the war, just not in actual combat, but others have made the comparison more explicitly -- if it turns out Kerry joined with the intent of getting out of combat, then their motivation was the same).

Ah. I was unaware that people were trotting out this same tired argument again.

I haven't heard Kerry make these comments. Or if I have, I've taken them in a different context--namely that Kerry was declaring himself to be more fit as a war president having actually participated in combat. Not the most defensible claim, but an understandable one during an election.

...but hey, they're both Skulls, so there's really no difference.

Howard Stern and Howard Dean are both baby boomers named Howard, so there's really no difference.

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