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Clinton Has No Room to Call Obama a 'Total Wuss'

June 27, 2013 in Economics

By Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow

Despite his evident reluctance to take America into the Syrian civil war, President Obama appears to be traveling down that road step-by-step. It may be pure coincidence, but the president acted only after being criticized by Bill Clinton.

The former president warned that the current occupant of the Oval Office could end up looking like a “total wuss” and being “lame” if Obama did not intervene in the Syrian killfest. Clinton also said that the president risks looking like “a total fool” if the latter acts cautiously in response to opinion polls.

Of course, former President Clinton always has had a curious view of the purpose of war. He once expressed his frustration that he likely would not be considered a great president without prosecuting a war.

Of course, former President Clinton always has had a curious view of the purpose of war.”

Clinton is an odd person to accuse someone of looking like a “total wuss” and “a total fool” and being “lame.” I’m not thinking about storied assignations in and out of the Oval Office. I’m thinking about draft avoider/evader Clinton who, when his nation called him to serve in a similarly messy conflict more than four decades ago, turned out to be “lame” and look like a “total wuss” and “a total fool.”

Vietnam was a stupid war in which tens of thousands of fine Americans died as a result of dumb decisions by foolish Washington policymakers. I respect those who served; I don’t blame those who avoided serving. Happily I turned 18 after the draft had ended and U.S. troops had gone home.

However, in 1964 Clinton went to Georgetown University and received a 2-S student deferment. As he neared graduation four years later his classification was changed to 1-A, making him a prime candidate for conscription. Then ensued months of complicated machinations. The details are contested and the truth long ago was lost to time, but events do not place the young Clinton in a good light.

Ultimately, after he didn’t show up for induction while employing various stratagems to keep the draft board at bay, he was admitted to the University of Arkansas ROTC program, which earned him a deferment and the classification of 1-D. But he didn’t enroll as promised, heading off to Oxford University instead.

He was reclassified 1-A, but Selective Service’s move to a lottery, and his high number (311), kept him out of uniform. Afterward …read more

Source: OP-EDS

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