Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Political Hawkery

Anybody see any hypocrisy here?


  • Richard Gephardt: Air National Guard, 1965-71.
  • David Bonior: Staff Sgt., Air Force 1968-72.
  • Tom Daschle: 1st Lt., Air Force SAC 1969-72.
  • Al Gore: enlisted Aug. 1969; sent to Vietnam Jan.1971 as an army journalist in 20th Engineer Brigade.
  • Bob Kerrey: Lt. j.g. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor,Vietnam.
  • Daniel Inouye: Army 1943-47; Medal of Honor, WWII.
  • John Kerry: Lt., Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, 3 Purple Hearts, Vietnam.
  • Charles Rangel: Staff Sgt., Army 1948-52; BronzeStar, Korea.
  • Max Cleland: Captain, Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam.
  • Ted Kennedy: Army, 1951-53.
  • Tom Harkin: Lt., Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve,1968-74.
  • Jack Reed: Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91.
  • Fritz Hollings: Army officer in WWII; Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons.
  • Leonard Boswell: Lt. Col., Army 1956-76; Vietnam, DFCs, Bronze Stars, and Soldier's Medal.
  • Pete Peterson: Air Force Captain, POW. Purple Heart, Silver Star and Legion of Merit.
  • Mike Thompson: Staff sergeant, 173rd Airborne, Purple Heart.
  • Bill McBride: Candidate for Fla. Governor. Marine inVietnam; Bronze Star with Combat V.
  • Gray Davis: Army Captain in Vietnam, Bronze Star.
  • Pete Stark: Air Force 1955-57
  • Chuck Robb: Vietnam
  • Howell Heflin: Silver Star
  • George McGovern: Silver Star & DFC during WWII.
  • Bill Clinton: Did not serve. Student deferments. Entered draft but received #311.
  • Jimmy Carter: Seven years in the Navy.
  • Walter Mondale: Army 1951-1953
  • John Glenn: WWII and Korea; six DFCs and Air Medal with 18 Clusters.
  • Tom Lantos: Served in Hungarian underground in WWII. Saved by Raoul Wallenberg.
  • John Murtha: U.S. Marine Corps 1952-1990; Korea and Vietnam; American Spirit Honor Medal, Bronze Star with Combat V, 2 Purple Hearts, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Navy Distinguished Service Medal.

Republicans -- (These are the brave guys sending people to war):

  • Dick Cheney: did not serve. Several deferments, the last by marriage.
  • Dennis Hastert: did not serve.
  • Tom Delay: did not serve.
  • Roy Blunt: did not serve.
  • Bill Frist: did not serve.
  • Mitch McConnell: did not serve.
  • Rick Santorum: did not serve.
  • Trent Lott: did not serve.
  • John Ashcroft: did not serve. Seven deferments to teach business.
  • Jeb Bush: did not serve.
  • Karl Rove: did not serve.
  • Saxby Chambliss: did not serve. "Bad knee." The man who attacked Max Cleland's patriotism.
  • Paul Wolfowitz: did not serve.
  • Vin Weber: did not serve.
  • Richard Perle: did not serve.
  • Douglas Feith: did not serve.
  • Eliot Abrams: did not serve.
  • Richard Shelby: did not serve.
  • Jon Kyl: did not serve.
  • Tim Hutchison: did not serve.
  • Christopher Cox: did not serve.
  • Newt Gingrich: did not serve.
  • Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy (1954-57) as flight instructor.
  • George W. Bush: failed to complete his six-year National Guard duty; got assigned to Alabama so he could campaign for family friend running for U.S. Senate; failed to show up for required medical exam, disappeared from duty.
  • B-1 Bob Dornan: Consciously enlisted after fighting was over in Korea.
  • Phil Gramm: did not serve.
  • John McCain: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.
  • Dana Rohrabacher: did not serve.
  • John M. McHugh: did not serve.
  • JC Watts: did not serve.
  • Jack Kemp: did not serve. "Knee problem," although continued in NFL for 8 years.
  • Dan Quayle: Journalism unit of the Indiana National Guard.
  • Rudy Giuliani: did not serve.
  • George Pataki: did not serve.
  • Spencer Abraham: did not serve.
  • John Engler: did not serve.
  • Lindsey Graham: National Guard lawyer.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger: AWOL from Austrian army base.
  • Ronald Reagan: due to poor eyesight, served in a non-combat role making movies.

Pundits & Preachers:

  • Sean Hannity: did not serve.
  • Rush Limbaugh: did not serve (4-F with a 'pilonidalcyst.')
  • Bill O'Reilly: did not serve.
  • Michael Savage: did not serve.
  • George Will: did not serve.
  • Chris Matthews: did not serve.
  • Paul Gigot: did not serve.
  • Bill Bennett: did not serve.
  • Pat Buchanan: did not serve.
  • Bill Kristol: did not serve.
  • Kenneth Starr: did not serve.
  • Antonin Scalia: did not serve.
  • Clarence Thomas: did not serve.
  • Ralph Reed: did not serve.
  • Brian Sussman: did not serve.
  • Michael Medved: did not serve.
  • Charlie Daniels: did not serve.
  • Ted Nugent: did not serve. (He only shoots at things that don't shoot back.)
  • John Wayne: did not serve.

Many thanks to my Uncle D in San Bruno for sending me this list.

Note: click on Chickenhawk poster for brief movie.


At January 17, 2006 11:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Wayne tried to enlisted in the service during WWII, but was denied because of age, married with kids, and failing medical physical.

At January 18, 2006 12:32 AM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Actually, you're only partially correct. You should probably check your facts before posting but, seeing as you chose to remain anonymous, fact-checking is probably not at the top of your priority list.

John Wayne asked for a deferment during World War II. He was of draft age (34) at the time of Pearl Harbor. He was classified 3-A for family dependency which was eventually changed to 2-A (deferred in the national interest). There is no evidence that he could not physically serve his country. He simply chose not to. My guess is that all that Hollywood nightlife was too hard to give up.

I'm glad you brought up the subject of John Wayne, though. After some extensive research, I have found some very interesting things about John Wayne's background. It seems that during a May, 1971 interview with Playboy magazine, John Wayne stated that he believed in "white supremacy" until blacks were educated enough to take a more prominent role in American society.

But he didn't stop there. On the subject of Native Americans, he went on to say, "I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them, if that's what you're asking. Our so-called stealing of this country from them was just a matter of survival. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves."

Looks like you picked a real winner to defend, huh?

At January 18, 2006 2:40 PM, Anonymous dad said...

It amazes me the number of people who think John Wayne was some kind of hero.John Wayne was a second rate actor who tried many times to play the role of hero,with very little success.America is so desperate for heroes,they will even go so far as to invent them.Celuloid heroes are cheaper by the dozen

At January 19, 2006 8:29 AM, Blogger Mindwolf said...

Wow, great piece there about John Wayne PTCruiser. I like the posting about political Hawkery as well. It's good to know just how bad the GOP can be in it's lying and smearing to get their way.

At January 19, 2006 8:55 AM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Thanks, Adam. Yes, it seems the GOP's credo is, "Do as I say, not as I do."

At January 19, 2006 9:48 AM, Anonymous 26 + 6 = ONE. said...

Good Post Pt. Have you noticed that our commander in chief , JOHN Wayne and the " B " actor REAGAN. all had in common . all three walk with the same John Wayne swagger . All three loved to act like cowboys . All three of them skipped serving when needed . All three of them with many others on your list loves to wave the flag. so long as others do their fighting.


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