Dean dodges draft

by on November 22nd, 2003

A New York Times story tells of Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean’s attempts to skirt the draft.

In the winter of 1970, a 21-year-old student from Yale walked into his armed services physical in New York carrying X-rays and a letter from his orthopedist, eager to know whether a back condition might keep him out of the military draft.

It did, even though he now admits he could have served. But who cares. Let’s all hear some more about President Bush’s days with the National Reserve and about how he wasn’t *technically* serving his country. Ah, you didn’t think the Times would leave that out now did you?

In 2000, George W. Bush drew similar attacks and issued a similar denial for landing his spot in the Texas Air National Guard.

To be fair, the story also did bring up Clinton’s draft-dodging shenanigans.

Etalkinghead Staff