Sunday, March 04, 2007

Romney at CPAC: Send Other Families' Young Men, Not Mine

Here's what former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said at CPAC 2007:

On foreign policy, Romney was bold enough to call the Iraq fiasco "under-prepared, under-managed, under-manned and under-planned." But he had no strategy for countering Jihadism except lots of military spending and some kind of "Marshall Plan" for moderate Muslim countries.

According to what then-Governor Romney, father of five adult sons, all healthy heterosexuals, said to the Boston Globe in 2005, here's why:

"No, I have not urged my own children to enlist. I don't know the status of my childrens' potentially enlisting in the Guard and Reserve," Romney said, his voice tinged with anger.

Massachusetts residents can enlist in the National Guard up to age 39. Romney's five sons range in age from 24 to 35. Neither the Romney children nor the governor have served in the military, Romney spokeswoman Julie Teer said.

Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan.

3 Comments:

At 10 March, 2007 00:29, Blogger opit said...

Knowing what you do, would you send your kin to serve in the energy wars, knowing their wellbeing irrelevant to those in charge and their care completely futzed should they have the misfortune ( common ) to suffer permanent disability ?
All this while perpetrating genocide (or a reasonable approximation) on those unfortunate enough to live in lands where the U.S. oil "elite" will preserve control regardless of cost ?
( O.K. Some of this hasn't happened ... yet )

 
At 23 March, 2007 08:13, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Romney is the typical pro-war hypocrite. Almost all those for the war have never served, and of course the rare politician's kid who has served was an officer- usually stationed in dangerous places like Billings, Montana. That's why the bush/cheney/rumsfeld/rice team had absolutely no credibility. It's easy to send other peoples kids to war when you know yours will never have to go.

We need to start the draft, and begin with the Bush twins- give them a gun and put them on the FRONT LINE! Next is the lesbian Cheney- that's solves the whole "don't ask don't tell".

Btw, I'm a gay 20 year career navy man.

 
At 29 March, 2007 20:19, Anonymous Old Sarge said...

It should be mandatory that politicians who are physically and mentally able to serve, do so before running for office. Of course the mental requirement might prove to be difficult for many.

 

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