During the Vietnam War, Mitt Romney protested the protesters one year and then headed to France the next. While students who involuntary enlistment he actively supported died in the mud in Vietnam, he lived in a chateau in Paris and tooled around France on a bike trying to convince the French to give up coffee and wine.
Now he cites the courage of a former Navy SEAL who died in a terror attack claiming that “They didn’t hunker down where they were in safety. They
rushed there to go help.This is the American way. This is the American way. We go where there’s trouble. We go where we’re needed.”
But you didn’t go there, Mitt. You hunkered down in France.
Mitt Romney has built his international relations team out of many, if not most, of the same neocons whose “bomb first, ask questions never” policies were at the root of the foreign affairs disasters during the George W. Bush era.
In the 1960s, like most high-profile neocons — Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Bill Kristol, John Bolton and their cheerleaders like Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly — Mitt Romney avoided serving in the Vietnam War. Like Cheney, Romney sought and received multiple deferments. Cheney had five; Romney had four. (Like George Bush, John Bolton served in the National Guard, which was all but a guarantee against service overseas in those days.)
But unlike his fellow draft-dodging neocons, Romney has a record of lying about his deferments:
Though an early supporter of the Vietnam War, Romney avoided military service at the height of the fighting after high school by seeking and receiving four draft deferments, according to Selective Service records. They included college deferments and a 31-month stretch as a “minister of religion” in France, a classification for Mormon missionaries that the church at the time feared was being overused. The country was cutting troop levels by the time he became eligible for the draft, and his lottery number was not called.