Getting Over It

We caught a TV sound bite last night from Senator John McCain. Topic: Vietnam. Message: “Get over it”.

McCain’s quote was tough to find via Google. Relevant links were paraphrased and densely interspersed with commentary. We found it in the Arizona Republic:

“I believe Bush served honorably. I believe Kerry served honorably. Let’s get over it, stop it now,” the Arizona Republican said. “We should be fighting this war [Iraq], not fighting the one that ended over 30 years ago.”

And now, stay tuned for commentary. “Get over it?” John, if we didn’t figure out Vietnam issues 30 years ago, what makes you think we get to say we have a handle on them this time around?

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2 thoughts on “Getting Over It

  1. That anyone could compare these two is incredible:

    Kerry served in combat, got a conscience after he came home, and legally protested.

    Bush used family connection to jump to the head of a national guard line that he would not have penetrated otherwise. Then he tossed away hundreds of hours of pilot training to transfer from Texas to Louisisana to work in the political campagn of a family friend. And it is likely that he skipped service there.

    The amazing part is that the Bush family and George W. Bush supported the war in Vietnam.

    Yo, if you support the war effort, go fight, don’t hide in the Guard.

    How can anyone compare these two?

    Bush did what many kids of well-heeled folks did: he found a way out. I don’t hold that against him. I do find it deplorable that he’s whitewashing what he did and that he had the balls to criticize Bill Clinton who had a student deferment to attend college and yet Bush did not finish his Guard duty; left early to pursue an MBA at Harvard or Yale.

    Why the media does not hold Bush accountable is incredible to me.

  2. Granted, many national figures such as Kerry and McCain had distinguished records in the military service, whereas Bush Jr. had none.

    If Bush had completed pilot training and flown in Vietnam, or alternately fled to Canada to avoid the draft (unthinkable for a Washington family) — either way, one could have given him credit for taking a stand one way or the other, as so many of the rest of us had to.

    What irks me is that family’s support for the Vietnam war actually consisted of voting to draft the sons and daughters of other parents, against their will, to be killed not in defense of country, but in acting against many of our founding principles. Shameful.

    And it’s the legacy of this hypocrisy which fuels our current quagmire. And to think I remember when signing up for the National Guard meant you could be called up to defend your country in time of emergency.

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