Tuesday, May 5, 2015

What Did Vietnam Generation Members of Congress Do in the War or More Appropriately, How Did Most Politicians Manage to Dodge the Draft?



SOMETHING TO CONSIDER ON MEMORIAL DAY!


Memorial Day and Veterans Day used to be my favorite holidays because it was the time when most of the Vietnam-era aged politicians would be polishing up their "why I couldn't serve" excuses.  With the passage of time, memories fade and people forget those tumultuous times when brave men and women answered the call when their country needed them while others founds way to avoid their responsibilities and let other serve in their place.  What used to gall me wasn't that I had to listen to such dribble from politicians but rather that they really expected me to believe them!  My last name might be ethnic but I didn't just roll off the boat last night!

Also, with the passing of time, fewer and fewer Members of Congress come from the 1941-1950 cohort, the prime draft age during that war.  There are still 27 Senators from that age cohort of which only three (3) saw active military duty but only one sports a Vietnam Service Ribbon.  In the House there are still 99 from that cohort with ten (10) having seen active duty but only four (4) are Vietnam Vets.  Then there’s Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) who claimed to be a Vietnam Vet but was really only a reservist whose only active duty was a short stint for training.  In his defense, he had seen a HBO rerun of the Oliver Stone movie Platoon.

Here is a graphic listing all the Vietnam generation Congress members that shows what they “did during the War.”


Active military service was an absolute certainty for any male born between 1941 and the end of 1950 unless he was morally, mentally or medically unfit, or took some overt action to "dodge" the draft.  THAT IS A FACT.  Draft dodging does not necessarily mean “illegal” as the Webster’s Dictionary of the time defined a “Draft Dodger” simply as “a person who avoids military service.”  Applying for student or occupational deferments, leaving the country, feigning homosexuality, hiring a sympathetic doctor to “discover” a disqualifying ailment or signing up for ROTC without any intentions of participating were all things people did, legally and illegally, to avoid performing their duty. Also, as Dan Rather reported in his discredited documentary on Bush 43’s National Guard service, Reserve and National Guard membership during Vietnam and present day service is much different.  Now Reservists and Guardsmen are likely to be called up and serve in a war zone but during Vietnam, they had about as much chance of going to Vietnam as being struck by lightening.  Slots in Reserve and Guard units were highly sought after and were normally reserved for the well off and politically connected.  Hence, I don't care if your name is Clinton, Cheney, Biden, Romney or a host of other politicians, I would appreciate it if you wouldn’t insult my intelligence with lame excuses.

President Bill Clinton, after receiving a host of deferments and two draft notices, finally received his notice to report for induction into the Army.  “Slick Willie” quickly sent a sworn affidavit to his draft board stating he was enrolling in ROTC at the University of Arkansas although he had no intention of ever enrolling at Arkansas let alone in ROTC.  He just needed to delay his induction long enough for the lottery to go into effect in hopes he would draw a high number.  He did and his unethical behavior resulted in someone less eligible and definitely less educated serving in his place.  He probably learned the wrong lesson from that experience of not being prosecuted for perjury as it possibly led to his later similar misconduct which resulted in his perjury conviction in the Monica Lewinski case.  Luck can only last so long!

Vice President Dick Cheney was equally diligent in his draft dodging efforts.  His claim that "If called, I would have been happy to serve" was a little disingenuous when in fact he did everything short of maiming himself (which he didn’t have the guts to do) to make sure he was unavailable to be called. When Cheney became Vietnam draft eligible, he applied for and received five draft deferments. During his 1989 Secretary of Defense confirmation hearings he testified that he “had other priorities in the '60s than military service” and that he received multiple deferments to finish a college career that lasted six years rather than four, “owing to sub-par academic performance.”  He then received a fifth "hardship" exemption when his wife was pregnant. Hence, he successfully “waited out” his draft board until he turned 26 and was no longer draft eligible!

Draft dodging must have been a plus in selecting vice presidents.  Joe Biden went through so many obscene machinations to dodge the Vietnam draft it was breathtaking.  After his fifth deferment ran out he actually received his Induction Notice and was unfortunate enough to pass his draft physical.  Undeterred by that small setback, Joe shopped around for a sympathetic doctor who successfully "discovered" an undetected childhood disqualification so Joe could send a less qualified (and definitely poorer and less educated) replacement in his stead.   I remember how Senator (and Medal of Honor recipient) Bob Kerrey put it in 1992 when he said  about the Draft “as I remember it, at that time if you could walk and chew gum, the military would take you.”   I was drafted in Biden’s hometown of Scranton Pennsylvania and my first hand experience was that unless you had a disqualifying condition that a doctor could visually detect like missing an arm or a leg, you were going to pass your draft physical.

Now Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney was really creative. Romney started out with two Student Deferments and then left the U.S. for a thirty-month stay in France as a Mormon missionary for which he received a “ministerial deferment.”  When he returned he received another two student deferments. Like Clinton, Mitt just needed to delay his induction long enough for the lottery to go into effect in hopes he would draw a high number.  He did and his unethical behavior also resulted in someone less eligible and definitely less educated serving in his place.  Unlike Clinton, Mitt supported the War and even Nixon's Cambodian Incursion so he and Dick Cheney qualify as Chicken-Hawks; politicians that fully support wars, just so long as they don’t have to fight in them.

I used to view Bush 43 with the same disdain as Clinton, Cheney, Biden and Romney until my research revealed he actually served longer on active duty than Al Gore did and was probably in more danger flying antique Air National Guard Convair F-102s than Gore was during his 4 month stint in Vietnam as an Engineer Brigade newsletter journalist or maybe even I was during my extended CIB earning combat Infantry tour.

The fact that so many Democrat and Republican politicians were Draft Dodgers shows that it was a bi-partisan character flaw that seemed to afflict politicians at a much higher rate than the rest of the general population.  The draft dodging politicians serving in Congress today can certainly campaign on their “Military expertise” by pointing to their uncanny ability to “avoid armed conflicts” in their youth.   

When evaluating Vietnam generation politicians, consider draft quotas were assigned by draft board and when one man evaded, one of his neighbors, often less educated or advantaged and always less eligible, served in his place.  also, because many of the more capable natural leaders avoided service, we often had to settle for less capable leadership.  Think of how many American lives could have been saved if leaders with the potential of Clinton, Cheney, Biden, Romney or many of those still in Congress had only done their duty.  Isn't it ironic how correct Clinton was when he used to say that "it's the little guy who plays by the rules that always ends up taking it in the neck."

Although much of the “history” of that era has been re-written by Draft Dodgers but up until Tet of 1968, the overwhelming majority of Americans supported the war and only then did the mood begin to slowly shift. It is arguable that the anti‑war movement never really enjoyed the support of a majority of the country as evidenced by the fact that Nixon won by a landslide in ’72 over a George McGovern who would have had us cut and run out of Vietnam before the end of his inaugural speech!

Despite the efforts of revisionist historians and Hollywood producers to ascribe only the highest of moral ideals to draft resisters while assigning the most sinister of motives to those who served, the truth is that the vast majority of draft avoiders were just plain "chicken."  So when you ask your Vietnam generation politicians “What did you do during the War?” these are the only three truthful responses they can give you:
  • When called, I responded and served.  Sometimes reluctantly but I did the right thing.
  • I was a quiet Draft Dodger!  I kept my head down; applied for all the deferments I could find, legal or illegal; and if my draft board finally found me, I did everything I could to make myself ineligible.  As a last resort if I just couldn’t beat the draft and my family was politically connected, I secured one of the coveted spots in the Reserves or National Guard so at least it was guaranteed that I would never be in danger of seeing Vietnam.
  • I was an obnoxious Draft Dodger!  I spent my time with flowers in my hair protesting the war and burning my draft while smoking pot and doing other drugs.  Unlike the quite Draft Dodgers, if my draft board caught up with me I went underground and often fled the country for Canada or Sweden!
Just one final thought, if the Clintons, Cheneys, Bidens, Romneys or many other Vietnam generation politicians were "unfit" to serve in their youth when their country needed them badly, what makes them any more fit to serve now?  At least they can begin on their way to redemption by being honest.  Instead of continually spinning yarns that "Ripley wouldn't believe" about why they didn’t serve, can't they just come clean and confess "I was scared, I didn't want to go, and I found a way to avoid it."  Then and only then can they begin regaining a little self-respect and the respect of the rest of us.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Price of Clintons! Going Up, Up, Up!



Times have really changed for the Clintons!  As Secretary of State, Hillary demanded hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange for “Official favors” but back when she was First Lady you could “buy the Clintons” for much less.  For instance, back in 1996, the Clintons’ price for a plot in Arlington National Cemetery for former Ambassador M. Larry Lawrence was a mere $200,000.  Of course that one didn’t work out so great because Veterans Groups made such a stink about this lying non-vet being buried in the company of brave Service Members that the Clintons were forced to have him dug up and removed.

Another good deal was the Clintons rented out the White House Lincoln Bedroom for a mere $100,000 contribution. A bit more expensive than the Hyatt, but it included a breakfast buffet.

Then there was the Marc Rich pardon that Clinton did on his last day in office.  That one was a bargain at just over $1 million including more than $100,000 to Hillary’s Senate campaign and another $450,000 to the Clinton Library.

Now days a million bucks won’t buy you a burrito with Hillary at Chipotle let alone a ride in the Secret Service chauffeured Scooby Van with her!

Can’t imagine what her (and Bill’s) price would be if American voters were ever to be so stupid as to elect her President!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Obama’s Bogus Gun Claims Scores 3 Pinocchios from Washington Post Fact Checker



“What we also have to recognize is, is that our homicide rates are so much higher than other industrialized countries. I mean by like a mile. And most of that is attributable to the easy, ready availability of firearms, particularly handguns.”

“And as long as you can go into some neighborhoods and it is easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you to buy a book, there are neighborhoods where it’s easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable — as long as that’s the case, we’re going to continue to see unnecessary violence.”

“People just say well, we should have firearms in kindergarten and we should have machine guns in bars. You think I’m exaggerating — I mean, you look at some of these laws that come up.”

–President Obama, remarks at a town hall at Benedict College, Columbia. S.C., March 6, 2015


These claims by Obama were so outlandish that Ripley wouldn’t have believed them let alone the WaPo Fact Checker so it sent Glenn Kessler in search of the truth.  Here is how Glenn dissected and evaluated each of the Prez’s assertions.

‘Our homicide rates are so much higher than other industrialized countries …by like a mile”

When Glenn called the White House out on this one and especially the “by like a mile” phrase, Obama’s minions tried to walk it back a bit but Glenn held them to exactly what the Prez said; he told the students the United States had the highest homicide rate among the nations of the industrialized world which is both factually incorrect and a flat out lie.  These statements were made by a person that couldn’t pick the gun out of a line up with golf clubs!

The “industrialized countries” is generally recognized to be the 36 countries the Organization for Economic Cooperation uses for its statistical analysis.  The OECD says the average homicide rate among the 36 countries is 4.1 per 100,000 people.

Brazil tops the list with a homicide rate of 25.5, or six times the average, with Mexico next at 23.4 followed by Russia at 12.8.  Tied for fourth place are Chile and the United States at 5.2 followed closely by Estonia at 4.7.

United States does have an above average rate but the Obama said that U.S. rate was higher “by a mile” when in fact the rate is five times lower than Brazil and four times lower than Mexico.

“It’s easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable’

Appears no one could quite figure out what the Prez was trying to say here in that Glenn could find any place in the U.S where background checks are needed to buy vegetables. Even the White House couldn’t provide an explanation for Obama’s “vegetables and guns” comment?

“People just say well, we should have firearms in kindergarten and we should have machine guns in bars… You think I’m exaggerating — I mean, you look at some of these laws that come up.

Some states may allow firearms to be carried into bars and restaurants (unless the owner objected), but NO PLACE allows machine guns in bars. As a matter of fact, it takes a Federal license to even own a machine gun!

As for guns in schools, particularly college campuses, Florida is considering a proposal that does not specifically address kindergartens but would allow some school personnel to carry guns, provided it is approved by school administrators and would be limited to former or current law enforcement or military personnel but they must receive training at law-enforcement academies.  The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which supports gun restrictions, says “the vast majority of states – 48 of them – and the District of Columbia generally prohibit any person from carrying a firearm onto or possessing a firearm on school property, within safe school or gun-free school zones, on school-provided transportation, or at certain school-sponsored events.” Most states also require the expulsion of students who bring firearms onto school property, the groups says.

Appears to make this statement, Obama had been drinking in bars rather than carrying a machine gun into one

 

The Pinocchio Test


The president was “playing fast furious” I mean “fast and and loose” with the truth when he was talking to this group of college students no less. There is NO excuse for the claim that in some neighborhoods, it is easier to buy a gun than vegetable — or to say he’s “not exaggerating” when he claims that some people have proposed laws that would allow machine guns in bars … unless he, as President, intends to introduce legislation to make machine gun ownership in the US.

As for the US ranking on homicides among the industrialized nations, we might be slightly above average but to claimed the United States had rates that were higher “by like a mile” is so totally Bogus but typical Obama.  Tell a lie often enough and people might start to believe it!

The gun debate is serious enough that it should not be poisoned by exaggerated claims and faux statistics that are so outlandish that the students should have given the president a “strolling ovation” as they walked out on his speech.  The WaPo’s Glenn Kessler only awarded the Pres Three Pinocchios for this BS presentation but I believe he shortchanged him.  This one should certainly deserve the coveted Four!  If you want to see exactly what Glenn said, I’ll include his article uncut and uncensored below.

 

Three Pinocchios  

 

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Republican Senators’ Ill-conceived Letter to Iran on Negotiation to Curtail Their Nuclear Program - Have We Begun a Destructive Game of “You Step on My Prerogatives and I’ll Step on Yours” Between President Obama and the Republican led Congress?



            On 10 March, 47 Republican US Senators sent a letter to Iran that has the potential to seriously complicate the Obama Administration negotiations and possibly even kill any potential agreement to curtail Iran’s nuclear program.  In my view this was a terrible and immature overreaction to President Obama’s recent arguably illegal and definitely improper actions that impinge on Congressional prerogatives.  Have we begun a destructive game of “you step on my prerogative and I’ll step on yours” between Obama and the Republican led Congress?  

One of the most egregious examples of the President’s impingement on Congressional prerogatives was his using his “pen and phone” to issue his Immigration Executive Order granting amnesty to about 6 million illegal aliens.  This gives illegal aliens social security numbers that will enable them to compete for jobs with legal Americans and even raid the US Treasury for $15,000 each by filing for three years worth of tax refunds for years they worked “off the books” and didn’t even pay taxes!

Like in football when it’s always the player that reacts to an illegal hit that draws the penalty, for some reason Republicans always get the blame when they react to Democrat provocations.  I suspect a great deal of the reason the Republicans are normally blamed is how the stories are reported by the naturally left-leaning mainstream press.  Examples:

Obama impinges on Republican prerogatives by issuing his “Amnesty for Illegal Aliens” and Republicans react by impinging on Executive prerogatives by inviting Israeli Prime Mister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress and now this letter to Iran.  The Republican lame excuse for sending the letter was to “instruct the Iranians that the President does not have the Constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them” and that any executive agreement “could be undone or modified by Congress or that a future President could revoke it with a stroke of a pen.”  I seriously doubt Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei needed the Republican’s gratuitous civics lesson on the limits of Presidential power but the Press never made the connection between the Democrat’s provocation and the Republican reaction.  Result: penalty Republicans for “Unsportsman-like Conduct!”

Obama becomes the first presidential candidate in a generation to reject public financing for his 2008 campaign after pledging to accept it and instead accepts unlimited corporate and “fat cat” donations and Republicans get blamed for later out raising Democrats with “fat cats” and for the Supreme Court “Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission” decision.  Result: penalty Republicans for “Unsportsman-like Conduct!”

The Senate Democrats filibuster a motion to even debate the recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Bill sent over by the House despite “regular order” would have allowed them to offer amendments and send the bill back to conference with the House to hammer out differences before a final vote.  Remember, appropriation bills MUST originate in the House under the Constitution and it was the Senate Democrats that halted “regular order” action on it yet the Liberal press shifted the blame to Republicans.  Result: penalty Republicans for “Unsportsman-like Conduct!”

I could cite several more examples but bottom line, when the Liberal press acts more like NFL Referees than impartial reporters of the facts and have a natural Liberal bent to blame Republicans regardless of whose really at fault, then when they call out an actual foul like this ill-advised letter to Iran, many Republicans just see it as another example of a press overreaction to Republicans reacting to Democrat provocation.  If the mainstream press were more “fair and balanced,” then maybe Republicans would be more apt to take them seriously and react when there is a real “penalty” called on them like this one.

The real question is when will this destructive game of “you step on my prerogative and I’ll step on yours” between Obama and the Republican led Congress end?  I would suggest that a good starting point might be halting what started this latest round of pissing contests, Obama’s Immigration Executive Order.  Even the Washington Post has come out in opposition to that executive order and questioned it legality and a Federal Judge has found sufficient reason to order it stopped until a challenge can be heard in May.  The President should let the Immigration issue play out in the Courts and ultimately I suspect the Supreme Court will decide it.  Unless one of the parties calls a truce, I suspect we will see repeated incidents of destructive behavior by both sides for the remainder of Obama’s term of office.  This could permanently damage the country and set a precedent for future Presidents and Congresses that they can get away with obviating each others prerogatives without limits.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

How Is FOXNews and Bill O'Reilly Weathering the "O'Reilly Scandal?" -- Appears Just Fine!



So how is FOXNews weathering the O’Reilly storm?  According to the widely respected Public Policy Polling conducted 26 February 2015, the week after the “O’Reilly Scandal” broke, here is how the public ranked all broadcast news outlets for Trustworthiness (most to least):

1. FOXNews      32%
2. PBS              14%
3. CNN              14%
4. ABC News     10%
5. CBS News      9%
6. NBC News      5%
7. MSNBC           4%  (Only 6% of Democrats even considered MSNBC Trustworthy!)

…so how is Bill O’Reilly standing up to the competition in the wake of his “scandal?”  Here are the latest released Nielsen rating numbers for 26 Feb 2015:

Net
8PM
P2+ (000s)
25-54 (000s)
35-64 (000s)
FOXN
THE OREILLY FACTOR
3,106
557
1,138
CNN
Anderson Cooper 360
582
204
295
MSNB
ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES
653
149
277

Net
11PM
P2+ (000s)
25-54 (000s)
35-64 (000s)
FOXN
THE OREILLY FACTOR
1,033
262
480
CNN
Anderson Cooper 360
369
134
200
MSNB
ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES
217
79
106

As a matter of fact, right after the “scandal” broke, Bill’s 23 Feb numbers jumped to 3,336,000.  Bill is even clobbers the competition in the coveted 25-54 year old demographic.

Whatever Bill's doing it seems to be working so if I were Bill, I'd keep on doing it. Before long the only people that will be watching Anderson and Chris will be their close friends and relatives.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Has Good Ole “Uncle Joe” Biden Morphed into “Creepy Uncle Joe” Biden with His Latest Antics Groping Women and Children?

There was once a time when Joe’s antics just illustrated how stupid he really was but lately they have crossed over to scary as illustrated by two recent pictures in the press, one during the swearing in ceremony for Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and the other at a ceremonial Senate oath reenactment for Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE).  The only words I can think of to describe his conduct are “lecherous” and “pedophilia.”

Here is the picture of Biden getting “up close and personal” with new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s wife Stephanie at the 17 Feb 15 swearing in at the White House:

If I had been Secretary Carter and someone was molesting my wife like that I would have paused my speech to turn around and beat him senseless.  I was waiting for Biden to start fondling her breasts! 

As for disgusting pictures of Biden, here he is groping 12 year old Maggie Coons at her father’s Senate swearing-in reenactment on Capitol Hill on 6 Jan 15.

This is the one that caused Biden’s nickname to change from “Uncle Joe” to “Creepy Uncle Joe.”  It was simply sickening.  Appears Joe has expanded the “Democrat War on Women” to include little girls.

I know President Obama initially selected him as a running mate in part to fill the role of designated "butt of jokes" for the late night comedians -- a role for which he has proven to be ideally suited and eminently well qualified. Obama’s biggest challenge has been “Hidin Biden" but with his history of gaffs, plagiarism, draft dodging and other dumb stunts, it hasn’t been easy and I can't imagine Biden every being president.

I have posted on my Blog here (http://old-soldier-colonel.blogspot.com/2010/10/who-had-worst-week-in-washington-vice.html ) a collection of amusing yet cringe-worthy "Bidenisms" made during the vice president's political career that clearly show Joe was NOT ready for Prime Time but these latest disgusting pictures indicate an even darker side of Joe that might even be dangerous.

If you really want to get to know “Creepy Uncle Joe,” I’ve also got some good articles about on my Blog about how he Dodged the Draft when he got his “Greeting from the President” induction notice back during the Vietnam War.  Back then he was known as Joe “5-Deferrment” Biden and the machinations he went through to send someone less eligible and definitely less educated to War in his place are telling about his long standing character flaws.  “Creepy Uncle Joe” must have been so old fashion that he still believed in the old Civil War practice of having a substitute serve in the Army for you.

As an added bonus to illustrate how “Creepy Uncle Joe” still hasn’t overcome his propensity for gaffs, exaggeration, and out right lying (a la his Draft experience), I’ll include below his recent award of the coveted Four Pinocchios by the Washington Post Fact Checker on 18 Feb 15 for his whopper about Somali cab drivers.  Just shows no matter how trivial the subject, Joe needs to lie about it.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ineffective Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert “Battlefield Bob” McDonald Awarded the Prestigious Four Pinocchios by the Washington Post for Lying to the Nation

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert "Battlefield Bob" McDonald is not only a consummate liar but he’s just too arrogant and full of himself to be effective.  One thing is for sure, he has “gone native” and become part of the VA bureaucracy he was appointed to reform.  His arrogance was “on parade” at the 11 February Congressional hearing on his agency’s budget when he got ­defensive and snapped at Rep Mike Coffman ­(R-CO) when he CORRECTLY suggested McDonald had accomplished little in his first six months on the job. Coffman accurately accused McDonald of “glossing over” the problems that still plague services for veterans and said he thinks McDonald “will not have made a difference in changing the culture” by the end of the Obama administration.


“I ran a large company, sir, what have you done?” McDonald said to in a heated exchange.  In all fairness, McDonald was CEO of Procter & Gamble but Coffman had founded a successful property-management firm and served as Colorado’s secretary of state and treasurer before being elected to Congress in 2009.  He also had two combat tours as a Marine!

Then on NBC “Meet the Press” on 15 Feb. 2015 “Battlefield Bob” uttered this lie:  “Nine hundred people have been fired since I became secretary. We’ve got 60 people that we fired who have manipulated wait times.”

Thankfully, within days Washington Post Fact Checker Michelle Ye Hee Lee blew the whistle on “Battlefield Bob” and awarded him the prestigious Four Pinocchios for wildly inflating his “firing” statistics.

The WaPo pointed out that the VA is the largest non-military Cabinet agency with more than 340,000 employees (as of September 2014) so even if 900 employees were fired, they accounted for less than 0.3 percent of all VA employees. Plus, in fiscal year 2013, there were 2,247 VA employees fired in that one year -- two and half times more than McDonald’s 900 figure and before a massive systemic problem was found – and that is about the VA’s normal annual dismissals for misconduct such as insubordination and chronic absenteeism.

Remember, two days after McDonald took office Congress passed legislation authorizing him to expedite disciplinary actions for senior executives. It was notoriously difficult to fire senior executives at the VA — at a one-fourth rate than the firing rate for all federal agencies -- so the goal was to allow the VA chief to replace bad actors quickly, especially ones connected to the scandal. 

In his “Meet the Press” interview, McDonald lied when he said 60 employees who manipulated wait times were fired.  Actually, as of his 15 February TV appearance only eight employees had been removed and even this is misleading because all except one were low level employees and he had used his new personnel authority to remove senior executives only once to fire someone for anything related to the VA scandal — that one was James Talton, director of Central Alabama’s VA.

Hence, with seven (7) months on the job, McDonald has done little to fix the VA scandals and seems more interested in protecting the VA workforce than rooting out the deadwood. This is what you get when you select faux-Vets like "Battlefield Bob" McDonald and  “Slow to Combat” Slone Gibson as VA Secretary and Deputy Secretary; just what we need to “help” and “lead” our troops after we’ve been engaged in protracted combat for the past 14 years. Both are West Pointers that bailed out of uniform the very second they could after the payback time for their free education - without ever even serving in a combat zone let alone hearing a shot fired in anger.  Neither even bothered to remain in the Army Reserve as doing so might someday subject them to danger!  So much for "Duty - Honor - Country!" and “a Cadet does not lie, cheat nor steal or tolerate those that do!” Both faux-Vets have demonstrated they possess the requisite detachment to continue the VA’s absolute indifference towards Vets.

Now let’s contrast “Battlefield Bob’s” Military creds with the service of Mike Coffman (R-CO), the man he “snapped” at during his 11 Feb budget hearing.  Coffman, the son of a career Army officer, enlisted in the Army Infantry in 1972 at age 17.  When he left active duty at the end of his enlistment to attend college, he remained in the Army Reserves.  Upon graduation in 1979, he transferred to the Marine Corps and served on active duty as an Infantry Officer until 1983 but remained in the Marine Reserves retiring in 1994 at the rank of Major.  During the Gulf War he was called to active duty and actually SAW COMBAT as a Marine light armored Infantry officerIn 2005 he returned to Active Duty to serve in the Iraq War where he supported elections and helped establish interim local governments in the western Euphrates Valley; he completed his duty in Iraq in 2006.

Now, who between “Battlefield Bob” and “Major Mike” possesses the better political acumen and Military credibility to look after the interests of Veterans?  In the opinion of this Combat Vet (with a CIB) “Major Mike” gets my vote!  Maybe it’s time “Battling Bob” and his Number Two, “Slow to Combat” Slone go back to working with the USO where they came from and the President find a new secretary that is up to the job – hopefully someone that’s been steeled by Combat!


But the best example of “Battlefield Bob’s” incompetence is contained in