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January 08, 2012



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My father, a veteran of WWII and Army lifer, went to VietNam in April of 1963. When he told our family he had gotten orders, none of us even knew where VietNam was or what was going on there.
It wasn't until LBJ took the reigns of the "adventure" that most Americans even began to hear about the place.


M "effing"SNBC?

Gag. Tell us where you will make pain. Why will you beat your wife. Huntsman going Newt. Served his country. Sons in the Navy (take that DoT). What a snake. Come together as Americans. (I'm turning it off and listening to the Beatles) Imagine.


I'm sure everybody remembers JFK's ugly little war back in 1961 ... I think they called it Cuba.


I hope Clarice gets lots of hits from PA and OH today.

Jack is Back!

Mr. McGuire,

You noted: "That would certainly be disruptive to family life and the establishment of a practice, but he was not likely to be shot at."

What has being shot at have to do with service? Most members of the Armed Forces are never shot at or close to actual deadly combat. But there is inherent danger in all branches of service and their various MOS.

I am no Paul fan and his view of Gingrich not serving is irrelevant anyway. The majority of American's have never served but that doesn't mean anything to me regarding their patriotism, love of country or loyalty. The "chickenhawk" argument is normally the purview of the left since it is the way for them to accept their own appeasements and avoid civic responsibility that comes with serving your country.


Speaking of wars ...

An alleged Mexican drug trafficker awaiting trial in a Chicago federal court claims that the notorious Sinaloa cartel received weapons from “Operation Fast and Furious” under an alleged immunity agreement that the U.S. government made with cartel leaders, in exchange for information on rival gangs.

The defendant in a trafficking case before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Vicente Jesus Zambada-Niebla, also claims the immunity deal allowed the criminal cartel to “continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs” into the United States.

He wants the U.S. government to provide documents relating to the botched gun running sting operation along the southwest border, arguing that it would benefit his defense.


Was TM in Viet Nam?


Clarice's Pieces

Captain Hate

CAPTAIN CRAZY UNCLE is on FNS now. I hope Fox leaves Chris Wallace in New Hampshire; he can go live with Souter in his rundown shanty.


Hey - when did you guys come here? All that snarkblogging for nothing!

Danube of Thought

Minus 17 at Raz today.

My guess is that TM is way too young to have been in Vietnam.


I am following both threads, Jane!


Minus 17? After these debates he could go to single digits. Smarmy.

Captain Hate

Your snarkblogging never goes to waste, Jane; great job.

Very good pieces, C; I'd add to Surber's excellent comments that Lewis's "falling out" with FDR was largely caused by threats of a strike in the middle of a war. You can call that "looking out for the miners" but it was a disaster image wise.

I think the miners have had El JEFe's number all along. I was incredulous at some of his stump speeches in southeast Ohio; they were as tone-deaf as the garbage about how he wouldn't have supported the surge even with hindsight. The trouble was McCain ran a worse campaign.

Cecil Turner

But there is inherent danger in all branches of service and their various MOS.

That's true, but it's far more manageable as an officer (especially one in a support field), and Paul's chosen field had little or no personal risk, at least where he served. Still, I agree service has a cachet not dependent on risk.

Paul's remarks are more than a bit ridiculous, drawing a parallel that obviously doesn't exist. The better response from Newt to "I went when they called me up" would've been "they never called me."


Secret party at the white house to avoid the glare of the public during a recession. LUN

Cecil Turner

All that snarkblogging for nothing!

Not at all. I'm stuck overseas with CNN International (grrr) and enjoyed it immensely. Thanks again (and to the other contributors as well).

Jack is Back!


I just don't get the point McGuire was trying to make by inserting "getting shot at"? Do you?

Mark Folkestad

I'm puzzled about Ron Paul's service. It says that he advanced to the rank of captain in the Air Force. During the same era, one of my cousins entered the Navy as a chaplain at the rank of full lieutenant, and a second-cousin entered the Air Force as a dentist at the rank of captain. Both advanced at least twice. Does anyone know the service procedures for this sort of thing?

Nurses entered as 2nd Leftenants.

Heh, 'while in the Air Force, Paul reached the rank of Captain'. I'll bet he went in as a Captain.

Quite a reach.

Beat me to it, Mark.


What did we forget MASH, this quickly, Capts Pierce and Mcintire, (I know we probably want to, but it was a big thing when I was growing up;


Cecil Turner

Well, the chickenhawk accusation is basically one of cowardice (an unwillingness to "put your money where your mouth is"), and Paul kind of implied he had Vietnam service when it was actually Vietnam-era support service in a different theater, which was a bit disingenuous.

I was in high school at the time, but one of the big dilemmas was whether to volunteer (and have some control over your assignment) or wait and get drafted and get put into a front-line infantry unit (or at least that was the perception). Paul seemed to me to be trying to leave that impression, which in his case is complete BS. I'm just guessing that's where Tom (Maguire, BTW) was going, but that's how I read it, and if so, I mostly agree.

Mark Folkestad

Yes, nurses all went in as officers. And a lot of doctors, dentists and chaplains went in as O-3, which is captain in the Army, Air Force and Marines, and (full) Lieutenant in the Navy. Somehow I'm not too impressed with a boast of having achieved the rank of captain at the end of his hitch.

Jack is Back!


Just my experience:

Paul could have gone in as an O-2 (1st Lt.) or as an O-3 (Capt.) back then. Usual Docs coming in come in with grade such as O-3 due to their professionalism and need for recruiting. Nurses on the other hand come in at O-1 and rise up but if they have advanced degrees and needed MOS (such as surgery or flight nurse) it could be at higher grade. By the way, Chaplain's come in usually at O-2.

Mark Folkestad

I lied to my mother and dropped my college deferment in the early Seventies, and took my chances in the draft lottery. My number came out 328 of 366, so I would never have been drafted. I respect and honor those who did serve, whether they were drafted or enlisted. But I don't disparage those who used every legal exemption and deferment to avoid service. On the other hand, you don't want to get me started on the evaders, many of whom are now vexing my Canadian cousins with their inflexible doctrinaire Leftism.

By special arrangement with the AMA.

Docters were drafted then, JiB, so not much need for recruiting. I believe they are still subject to being drafted.

Jack is Back!


Thanks for the clarification. I didn't catch the debate so I don't know the full context of Paul's and Ginrich's remarks only what TM wrote. Although, I can tell you from personal experience, duty in Turkey can be just as dangerous especially if you ever have to use a highway.

Hint, protection from drafts.

Anybody remember what a 'weatherbeater' was during WWII?

Cecil Turner

I didn't catch the debate so I don't know the full context of Paul's and Ginrich's remarks only what TM wrote.

I didn't catch it either, I'm just going by the morning news stories (which make Paul look more than a little ditzy; as if he needed the help). And I know where you're coming from on the risk thing, my peacetime service was a heckuva lot more dangerous than the wartime stuff turned out to be.

But for me the bottom line is the point you made earlier about the chickenhawk argument. It's fallacious ad hominem, capitalizing on the fact that most people never serve.


Neo, do you have a link for that F&F piece?


1964-74 was a different time with many different circumstances. I lived it my complicated way.

I have no patience for any asshole trying to impose one's trendy, present-day morality in a game of one-upmanship.

Captain Hate

Well stated sbw; I've wanted to wring the necks of people who know better who act like it was a simple time of simple choices.

Jack is Back!


Talking about now not then.

If you know of medico's being drafted this day and age can you cite that? AFAIK, there is no draft only discussion of how it would be implemented if there was a national emergency requiring more health professionals in time of war if recruiting didn't provide enough personnel.

I believe a lot to today's military docs are reservists and received their medical school and undergraduate tuition under future obligation.

Dr. Weevil

I think the thing about not getting shot at refers back to the 2000 and 2004 elections, when smug lefties always said that merely serving (like Bush) didn't count, no matter how dangerous his specialty was, and that only combat duty (like Gore's and Kerry's) made someone eligible to be president.

Of course, they had not thought so in 1992 or 1996, when they all supported an actual lying draft-dodger against a couple of veterans, one who had been shot down, and the other permanently disabled in combat, and they would not think so in 2008, when offered a choice between a non-veteran and another crippled veteran and former prisoner-of-war.


One of these things, is not like the other;


Captain Hate

only combat duty (like Gore's

Full Metal Keyboard. As the son of a Senator, ManBearPig was in less danger than GWB was flying widowmakers like F-102s.


As usual, ABC's little Georgy Steponallofus got a little bit too cutesy, trying to sabotage the Republicans. He's not biased. Naw. Still a shill for the Clintons, like little Lacky Davis. If Sawyer has anymore face lifts, the dimple on her chin that used to be her belly button will be a dent on the back of her head.

Other than that aggravation, the candidates did okay. Not great. But okay. They didn't hurt themselves anyway. But let's see how they do in the debate today.


Since the debate ended 90 minutes ago, you may have lost your chance.


--But for me the bottom line is the point you made earlier about the chickenhawk argument. It's fallacious ad hominem, capitalizing on the fact that most people never serve.--

As Dr. Weevil points out it would be merely scurrilous were anyone to hold it as an actual principle, but they're not even that honorable.
It's mere partisan maneuvering which flares into a flaming righteous cause when a McGovern or a Kerry is the candidate and fades into utter obscurity and irrelevance when Clinton is facing Dole or Obama, McCain.
It's the same posture they adopt when a Dem starts or fights a war and while Republicans aren't immune to it any objective person will note its vastly higher incidence among the left.
What is curious is that they can't see (or perhaps they can but refuse to admit it) how this quite properly gives rise to questioning of the patriotism of those who engage in it.


Sometimes she misses the mark,


Thin ice.

Gotcha, JiB, and I think you are more correct than I am about the present draft status of doctors. I do believe the AMA keeps a registry which will be available in the case of need for a draft.

JM Hanes

I think the chickenhawk slam is really sleazy, but casually implying that 5 years of service, let alone presumably saving our men's lives as a flight surgeon, is no big a deal unless bullets were flying around is just astonishing.


ABC didn't get enough Romney blood last night so baton was passed to Gregory to try fror some today


It all fits.

From TM above, "Ron Paul...furthered his education by attending Duke University."

The Defense rests.


"Since the debate ended 90
minutes ago, you may have
lost your chance." - Jane

That's why God invented TiVo;
to watch it at my leisure. :)

JM Hanes


Did you read my response to your comments on the Tea Parties?


Have you met my twin sister?


Jane @ 11;59 am

Oops, really? Then I suppose that I will have to watch the reruns, huh?


JM @ 5:29

Most of them before they gave me a headache. :)

JM Hanes


I'm just asking about the one I linked to.


JM @ 7:05

Yes, I read it, the only aspect of which was memorable, though, was that you were wrong
about my man, Marco. He is extremely popular
in Florida. He won 53% of the votes in a
3-way race, garning votes from Republicans,
Independents and Democrats, alike ..., the
magnitude of which is quite unprecedented in
Florida. He was a dynamo in the legislature,
too. His opponents, Crist and Meeks, were a
weasel and a lightweight. It wasn't a contest.

hit and run

You supported Murkowski but not Crist?



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