Mitt Romney, Chicken Hawk

Elections, War

Chicken hawk:    In politics, a slang term for an advocate of war or military action who is avoiding military service, or has avoided it in the past.

Per  maddowblog.msnbc:  Because Mitt Romney was of draft age during the Vietnam War, his military background—or rather lack of one—is facing new scrutiny as he courts veterans and makes his case to the nation to be commander in chief.  

Romney not only supported the Vietnam War, he participated in pro-war protests, yet avoided military service at the height of the fighting after high school by seeking and receiving four draft deferments, according to Selective Service records.

During an appearance on "The View" Oct 18, Ann Romney was asked about her husband's lack of military service. 

“ I believe that your religion doesn't allow you to go fight," said Whoopi Goldberg.

"No, that's not correct," (Ann) Romney responded. "We have many, many members of our faith that are serving in armed services."    

                           -----Per Huffington Post Whoopi Goldberg’s Uncomfortable Question to Ann Romney 

Drudge. com states----

"Asked on The View how she would explain why neither her husband nor any of his five sons served in the military, Ann Romney explained that the six men found “different ways of serving” by going on their Mormon religious missions. “So, you know, we find different ways of serving,” she said. “And my husband and my five boys did serve missions, [but they] did not serve in the military.”  

Mormon missions are voluntary trips focused on proselytizing about the Church of Latter Day Saints.

 Indeed, as Alternet conveys:

“To set the record straight, Mormon missions are voluntary, non-violent trips focused on proselytizing about the Church of Latter Day Saints. Men begin their mission--which lasts for two years--at 18 or 19 years old.”

... “Some veterans, however, are not so happy to hear the prospective First Lady equate a voluntary religious mission aimed at growing your religion with the sacrifice of serving in the U.S. military in the name of protecting American national security."

The Maddow blog's Steve Benen argues that there's  evidence to suggest Romney hasn't told the truth about his actions during the war:

“In 1965, as an undergraduate at Stanford, Romney not only supported the war in Vietnam, he participated in pro-war protests. That same year, he sought and received his first deferment.

A year later, Romney received a longer-than-usual 4-D deferment, which allowed him to do Mormon missionary work in France, despite the fact that other "young Mormon men elsewhere were denied that same status," and the Mormon Church, which backed the war, "limited the number of church missionaries allowed to defer their military service using the religious exemption."

By 1969, Romney had completed his work in France, but sought and received new deferments.

Many years later, in 1994, Romney said, "It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam, but nor did I take any actions to remove myself from the pool of young men who were eligible for the draft." That wasn't true -- he took several steps to remove himself from the eligibility pool.

By 2007, Romney, a presidential candidate, argued. "I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there, and in some ways it was frustrating not to feel like I was there as part of the troops that were fighting in Vietnam.

But that's not what he said in 1994, and if "longed" to serve in the war he protested to support, Romney probably shouldn't have gone so far out of his way to make sure he didn't have to go.”

Oh, and catch what  says about the CNN documentary Romney Revealed:  

"The doc also notes, as an example of Romney “becoming his own man,” that he protested in favor of the draft  that he so skillfully avoided, before moving on to the time he spent in France, a time that Romney once described as "tough",  because the French were “not happy to see Americans, because we were in Vietnam at the time.”

 Yes, you heard that right. Not only did Mitt Romney protest in favor of sending other people's children to die in Vietnam, even as he avoided service himself, he then complained about how those dying Americans made it "tough" for him while he was in France avoiding service.

Well, all those dying Americans were causing protests in France, and as a result, says fellow Romney missionary Mike Bush, “There was no train service, there were no buses, no newspapers. The electricity would go off from time-to-time.”

The electricity would go off from time-to-time? Mon Dieu. Think of the horrific flashbacks to rudely-interrupted Gilligan’s Island reruns and spoiled escargot. But the horrors of Vietnam-era France didn’t end there.

“There were no letters from home,” Bush continues. “The money at the time came via check. That was our lifeline was getting letters from home.”

So, CNN’s story is that Mitt Romney had it tough during Vietnam because the protests in France made it hard for his dad to send him money."


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