- Posted October 9, 2012 by
Watertown, New York
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Did Romney's Sons Serve In Iraq or Afghanistan? Will They In Iran?
NOT ONE of Romney's 5 sons (Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben and Craig - all who were of military service age) served their nation following 9/11 in Iraq or Afghanistan -while the middle and lower class of America sent their sons and daughters off to war during the past 10 years…. a war started by Republicans.
No, not even one of Romney's sons have served.
Oh, wait. It's true that we have a volunteer army now, don't we? So why haven't they volunteered?
Jon Huntsman has two boys (100% of his only sons), both of age to serve their nation, currently serving in the U.S. Navy.
Joe Biden had one of his two boys (50%) serve as a JAG officer in Iraq (in a combat zone).
Hell, even Sarah Palin (whom I dislike) had one of her sons serve in combat in a Stryker Brigade.
Prince Henry of Wales, served his nation in Afghanistan, and actually called in U.S. Air Force air strikes, helped Gurkha troops repel an attack from Taliban insurgents, and performed patrol duties in hostile areas.
But those “Romney Boys”, they’re way too far “up there” ($$$$-wise) for military service to their nation.
I bet $10,000 that their Dad (Mr. Etch-A-Sketch) said:
“Sons, leave that war fighting stuff for the peasants.”
Those that volunteer do so for a variety of reasons- mostly economic.
Ask an 18 year old if they could go to college without having to serve in the military to be able to afford to go to a college in the hopes of bettering themselves if they would choose risking their lives over having the opportunity to finance their education in another way, what do you think most would say?
I'd like to see the draft reinstated for politician's children.
Then maybe men like Mitt Romney would think twice before dragging us back into another senseless war.
Money and privilege. No. Not everyone's daddy has $250 million sitting in a Swiss Bank account and can afford to pay for their child's tuition the way Mitt can.
There are plenty of perks that come with being one of Mitt Romney's five boys.
There's the money. And let us not forget the money. And, of course, there's the money.
This is important especially if Mitt Romney goes on to win in November and starts another war with Iran.
The veteran-free presidential contest is taking place as the nation debates the future of its military presence in Afghanistan — now the nation's longest war and the coming war with Iran.
Mitt Romney's sons don't have to worry about going to war with Iran. Romney and his wife Ann won't need to worry that their boys are in harm's way.
"Former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), a Medal of Honor recipient who lost part of his leg in Vietnam, points out that while the scenario once might have seemed highly unusual, such a small percentage of the population now serves in the military that few voters care whether a presidential candidate has served in the military.
"I don't see a lot of evidence that it matters to voters anymore," Kerrey said.
"We have an all-volunteer force now. ... Once people didn't have real skin in the game, they began to lose interest."
What's developed, he said, is a political culture that's a lot more willing to send men and women to war — and one that's less likely to question leaders who do.
"I think you lose what you would call the political trip wire on expeditionary efforts.
Anything that requires men and women to go into harm's way is an awful lot more difficult to do if it's broadly shared by all households," Kerrey said.
"I promise you that it would come up at town hall meetings if every 18-year-old had to go sign up for the draft and possibly go to war."
"You've asked a very small part of America to take most of the risks for America," said Anthony Cordesman, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies who has advised the Obama administration on its policy in Afghanistan.
"I don't think the 2012 Republican slate is as much an issue as the level of sacrifice that's being asked a very small proportion of America to make."
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45067.html#ixzz28mEMedK9
Missing from 2012 presidential field: Military service
I don't want my sons fighting in another senseless war. I remember Viet Nam.
I stood and protested against that stupidity as I stand against a war with Iran for the same reasons today.
Let your sons serve, Mitt. But not my boys.