(Photo by Pete Souza / White House; Photo has been altered to obscure a classified document)
Believe it was General Norman Schwarzkopf, the First Gulf War Coalition Commander who was heavily decorated for heroism during Vietnam with a CIB and three Silver Star medals, who put it best when he said: “It doesn’t take courage to order men into combat, it takes courage to go into combat yourself.”
That’s why it’s kind of galling to see pictures of guys like Joe "5-Deferment" Biden sitting around the White House Situation Room watching Navy SEALs take down Osama bin Laden. Of course Joe demonstrated his Military Expertise by the way he skillfully avoided any brush with armed conflict during his youth when he successfully dodged the draft and Vietnam. To be fair, Biden was in good company with others like Dick Cheney, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, Jim Clyburn and most of the other leaders of both parties. To avoid serving these guys did everything short of maiming themselves which none had the guts to do. By comparison, they make "W" look like a war hero! For the record, Bush flying antique Air National Guard Convair F-102s was probably in more danger than I was during my extended CIB-earning tour in Vietnam!
With the departure of National Security Advisor General James Jones last year, NO ONE in the West Wing has ever donned a uniform in defense of this nation which makes Obama's truly a "Vet-less Administration." No one on the National Security Council has ever served in the Military.