He went to Vietnam

A note to all you folks nitpicking and blasting away at Al Gore’s Vietnam service. All of you are missing the point. At least Al Gore served in ‘Nam. His daddy didn’t pull strings to make sure his son served in the National Guard, without any possibility of being within one mile of any type of combat.

Although I did not serve, as was said, in country, I did volunteer to serve there, but was told “you are too valuable where you are.” (I served at the then nation’s No. 1 Soviet military target, Malmstrom Air Force Base, in the Air Defense Command. 1962 to 1966.)

Everyone I know who served in Vietnam has a story to tell, and lots of them, more than likely almost everyone, to a certain degree, embellishes their experience just a tad, and Al Gore probably is not immune to that. George W. Bush, on the other hand, did not want anything to do with going anywhere near Vietnam and combat. Bush carefully avoids providing a direct answer to questions about a wide range of topics, including his military service. Anyone who carefully avoided going into the active military during our country’s time of need is less than honorable. I find it interesting there still is a hew and cry from us conservatives about President Clinton’s lack of military service, yet few people say anything about George W. Bush.

I am a Republican, have been since I could vote for the first time – for Barry Goldwater. It’s no secret that Bush is in bed with the conservative Christians. I am a conservative, and I am a Christian, but I’m not a conservative Christian. I believe Bush is an empty suit, a slacker, with no real thoughts of his own.

Lake Stevens

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