Letter: Romney talks war, but didn't serveWith two months to election it is time Mitt Romney tell the truth about his family’s war service.
By: Richard W. Johnson, The Republican Eagle
To The Editor:
With two months to election it is time Mitt Romney tell the truth about his family’s war service.
He was of prime draft age during the last five years of the Vietnam War but never served. I presume Utah was his residence and the local draft board in Salt Lake was stacked with Mormons. He was allowed to do his ministry in Paris for two years while watching others his age come home in body bags.
His five sons were of age to serve between the Gulf War, Iraq war and the Afghanistan war. (No draft, but people like Joe Biden and Congressman John Kline sent their sons off to Afghanistan; Romney kept his sons close helping him run for political office for the last 12 years).
I won't touch upon whether and why his father didn't serve. It seems rather futile as there is a strong precedence to avoid any war the United States is involved in.
What is particularly disturbing is that Romney is sabre rattling for a war in Iran and Syria and has gathered around him all of Bush's "war cabinet" such as Cheney, Wolfowitz, and Rice. They were known as "Neocons" and included top conservative journalists and were the cadre behind Bush and Cheney's war efforts.
People much smarter than I know that we have worn out our troops, equipment and our welcome in the Middle East and that we are not ready for another war. We may have to fight Iran, but should only do so as a last resort and under optimum circumstances.
Further, someone should tell Romney that al-Qaida is now in Syria in big numbers planting roadside and market place bombs on the side of those seeking to overthrow the government. It sounds like we will have a three-way war if we are not careful.
A lot of careful thought needs to go in to whether we put any more boots on the ground in the Mideast. It is apparent you will not get that careful thought from the Bush/Cheney crowd.
Richard W. Johnson