Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Howard Dean on Military Experience

I placed an ad in the Laguna Beach Independent:
Howard Dean on Military Experience
“The real issue is this: Who would you rather have in charge of the defense of the United States of America, a group of people who never served a day overseas in their life, or a guy who served his country honorably and has three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star on the battlefields of Vietnam?" 3/04 Howard Dean now Chairman of the Democratic National Committee

A Democrat friend of mine asked the source which I provided at from the Washington Post as I noted March 2004, Former Rival Dean Endorses Kerry.

He emailed me:
Thanks for the information. When considered in-context to me it has a far different complexion and weight.
I’ll bet we could fine the oddest one-liners from people about all kinds of things -- I’m not sure you are at your best when you invent hypocrisy to support your side.

My response: The quote is accurate and stands for itself.

Not a wise comment as likely there would be a future election where the veteran would be from the opposite party.

Primarily, it is a vacuous statement, one that Dean certainly did not believe the moment he uttered it.

Prior to his statement, Howard Dean had offered himself as the best choice for President, even though Dean sought a medical draft deferment, and then after receiving the deferment, spent the next ten months skiing.
“In the winter of 1970, a 21-year-old student from Yale walked into his armed services physical in New York carrying X-rays and a letter from his orthopedist, eager to know whether a back condition might keep him out of the military draft.”“In the 10 months after his graduation from Yale, time he might otherwise have spent in uniform, Dr. Dean lived the life of a ski bum in Aspen, Colo. His back condition did not affect his skiing the way the rigors of military service would have, he said, nor did it prevent him from taking odd jobs like pouring concrete in the warm months and washing dishes when it got cold.” See 33 Years Later, Draft Becomes Topic for Dean


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