I soldier in Iraq told me this:
I think the majority of people over here will vote for Bush. I could be wrong, but that is the impression that I get. Even if Kerry’s service has been proven, he used to hang out and participate in events with “Hanoi Jane.”
So, let me get this straight: George Bush uses his father’s connections to avoid service in Vietnam, and then subsequently fails to meet all of his National Guard requirements because, well, he had other things to do.
John Kerry, on the other hand, volunteered to go to Vietnam. He served two tours, saved lives, took life, and carries around shrapnel in his body to this day as a reminder of the experience.
You want to vote against Kerry because his Iraq position is all twisted into knots? Okay. You want to vote for Bush because you think he’s clearer and more resolute when it comes to fighting terrorism? Good for you.
But to vote against someone who served honorably because he was seen at the same event as Jane Fonda? And to instead vote for someone who avoided service altogether and partied hard while some poor kid was sent to Vietnam in his place? Well, that’s just the essence of stupidity. I sure hope he’s wrong about “Hanoi Jane” being the rationale against Kerry, because I want to believe most soldiers — and indeed, most Americans — are smarter than that.