”This Close to a Chest Full of Medals” From Monica Crowley
"…I actually always thought of the military as an ennobling and, you know, honorable option. But keep in mind that I graduated in 1979. The Vietnam war had come to an end. We weren't engaged in an active military conflict at that point. And so, it's not an option that I ever decided to pursue." – Barack Obama on This Week with George Stephanopoulos – 9/7/08
Now, from the Monica Memo:
“This is all kinds of wrong.
“First, for a guy who supposedly poured his whole life into the pages of not one but two memoirs, there is not a single mention in either of them of a desire to serve in the military.
“Second, he says he decided against it because the Vietnam war was over and we weren't involved in a hot war.
“So I guess Obama thinks peace and freedom just sort of happen by themselves. That we don't need a military in times of peace, because, you know, there's not a lot of stuff going on. That we only need a military when stuff does go down in the world, when the threat is on our doorstep, then by golly, we'll whip a military in no time! He doesn't seem to get that peace and freedom happen BECAUSE of a strong, deterrent force.
“Just when you think you've heard all possible naivete from this guy, he hits you with more.
“What's obvious is that when… Obama [is] feeling the heat, they trot out some ridiculous story about having wanted to go to boot camp… because he's losing traction to his war hero opponent.
“When in doubt, Democrats put on an imaginary uniform and spin a wispy fairytale of "almost" heroics.”
0bama voted AGAINST those noble and honorable men and women he “thought” about joining. Was he thinking about it while he was enjoying the point of inhaling or when he could afford some blow?
Apart from his “clouded” memory and description about signing up for Selective Service when he graduated from high school in 1979, Crowley brought up some great points here. However, there were three significant events in 1979 that would have a true patriot consider military service in 1979.
In Iran, American hostages were taken when the Ayatollah Khomeini seized control of power.
The Soviets invaded Afghanistan which heated up the Cold War.
In South Korea, an important ally of ours, there was an unsuccessful presidential coup after the assassination of President Park.
0bama may have thought about joining the military but didn’t see a need and yet the world that very year gave a very patriotic need.