That’s Right Nate

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McCain Sinks Obama with Pearl Harbor Memories

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John McCain hit Barrack Obama today with two things Obama can’t touch–McCain’s service in the military and his personal recollections of Pearl Harbor.  I applaud McCain for pointing out that while her clearly remembers the cowardly Japanese attack, Obama wasn’t born for another 20 years.  However, I must disagree with McCain’s point about military service.

While Obama was too young for Vietnam there is no doubt that the US could have used him in their invasion of Grenada when we were called to defend our medical students from a Communist revolution.  However, unlike Bush who served courageously in Alabama during Vietnam and McCain, many proud Americans like myself, Dick Cheney, and Rush Limbaugh earned our Purple Hearts not on the battlefield, but in the culture war.

Furthermore, honorable military service doesn’t make one a great American or a great President.  George McGovern earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and Jimmy Carter is the only Anapolis graduate to become President.  Meanwhile Ronald Reagan had no military background.  I’ll tell you which one I would have wanted next to me in a Foxhole.

The real issue though is the GI Bill which Obama voted for today and McCain voted against.  What Obama doesn’t get is if we make life outside the military attractive, who is going to want to reinlist.  As McCain said “At a time when the United States military is fighting in two wars, and as we finally are beginning the long overdue and very urgent necessity of increasing the size of the Army and Marine Corps, one study estimates that Senator Webb’s bill will reduce retention rates by 16%.”   We had better make life outside the military as unpleasant sounding as possible if we are going to retain the soldiers we need.  It wouldn’t hurt to publicize the poor VA medical care or the high rate of suicides among veterans either.


Written by thatsrightnate

May 22, 2008 at 8:04 pm

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    g graden

    September 18, 2008 at 9:07 pm

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