Like Most Neocons, Mitt Romney Avoided the Draft During Vietnam

Romney protesting in favor of the Vietnam War
Romney protesting in favor of the Vietnam War
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.