"Many, like Bush and Cheney, avoided service in Indo-China; but, some did it out of conscience, and without pretense."
BUSH & CHENEY: THE 'VIETNAM DODGERS' TEAM
Posted August 19, 2004 thepeoplesvoice.org
By: Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.
The issue is simple: President Bush and Dick Cheney, who successfully avoided military service in Vietnam, challenge the war record of the Senator Kerry who did serve. Bush did a state-side thing with the Texas National Guard, and Cheney managed to avoid the draft at the virtual last minute.
Admittedly, that war should not have occurred. The war was a creation of that "military-industrial complex" of Allen Dulles & Company, against which President, and General of the Armies Dwight Eisenhower had warned the nation. It was the war against which the greatest military commander of his time, General of the Armies Douglas MacArthur had rightly and prophetically warned. Nonetheless, the lunatic right-wing utopians, such as McNamara, did plunge us into a form of asymmetric warfare we did not, and could not win.
Many, like Bush and Cheney, avoided service in Indo-China; but, some did it out of conscience, and without pretense. Bush and Cheney have never shown any relevant conscience in the matter. There is strong evidence to believe that Cheney has no conscience, and that the ordering of the internal processes of Bush's mind is yet to be plumbed to a point of professional certainties.
The point is, that the neo-conservative, compulsively lying madmen of today are typical of those behind Bush and Cheney, who, against the counsel of all sane military professionals, have plunged us into a new round of asymmetric warfare which, in the end, we could not win, and have done that by means of a great fraud perpetrated on the nation and the world by joint efforts of the Tony Blair government of the United Kingdom and the Bush-Cheney administration of the U.S.A.
Senator Kerry was among those who went into McNamara's Indo-China war in good, if misguided faith. Two dodgers of active military service in that war, Bush and Cheney, have used official lies, in concert with the liberal-imperialist Fabian Prime Minister Tony Blair, to push the world in a spreading series of asymmetric wars in Southwest Asia, and into possibly China and North Korea, and other places, not far distant from now.
Bush's and Cheney's war record is clear; it is a record of men whose attacks on Kerry's service-record makes them as men without honor. Thus, all the issues of the Indo-China and Iraq wars taken into account, anyone who takes seriously the Bush team's efforts to cover up the facts of their own military service record by a fraudulent attack on Kerry's, simply prove, once again, in one more way, their unfitness for any high-ranking posts in government. What can be said, then, of those citizens foolish enough to vote for any representative of the slimy-backed pack with that team-record of the Bush-Cheney management?
HERE IS THE RECORD:
CHENEY'S A COWARD AND WE CAN PROVE IT
" George "Q" Bush and Dick "Duck" Cheney are going to start a new major league baseball team, said Lyndon LaRouche, on Sunday — it's called the Washington Draft Dodgers. The "Q" is for Question Mark: that is, where was George during the Vietnam War; and "Duck" is for Cheney's repeated ducking the draft. Fortunately for Cheney, wife Lynne became pregnant just in time for "Duck" to qualify for a "fatherhood" deferment, when the student and "childless husband" deferments were eliminated.
The ongoing, diversionary flap about Dick Cheney's attacks on John Kerry's Vietnam war record is disgusting, and it's time to cut it out. The Democratic Party should be slicing Bush and Cheney to ribbons on this issue, by simply showing the war records of these infantile beastmen. It's a simple issue, said LaRouche, a World War II veteran, in a discussion Sunday, "Let's put in all on the table. What important combat role did George Bush and 'Duck' Cheney play in Vietnam, compared to John F. Kerry?" It's time to put an end to these crazy attacks, by laying out the record.
Here's what it is:
John F. Kerry: Volunteered for Vietnam, while a student at Yale University, and served as a Navy Lieutenant till 1969. Joined U.S. Navy Reserve, and served till discharged in 1978. As a result of combat in Vietnam he earned a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with Combat V, and three Purple Hearts.
Richard "Duck" Cheney: Multiple student deferments from being drafted to Vietnam, and later draft deferment because of impending fatherhood. On Jan. 19, 1966, "Duck" is classified 3-A, i.e., "deferred from military service because service would cause hardship upon his family," because of Lynne's pregnancy. In 1989, "Duck" told Washington Post reporter George C. Wilson, "I had other priorities in the '60s than military service." According to Slate, the web magazine, of March 18, 2004, "Dedicated students of obstetrics will observe that Elizabeth Cheney's birth date falls precisely nine months and two days after the Selective Service publicly revoked its policy of not drafting childless husbands."
George Q. Bush: Still a mystery. Twelve days before his student deferment from the draft expired, "Q" joined the Texas Air National Guard in Houston, in May, 1968. He was sworn in the same day that he applied (unusual to bypass the waiting list, except for the fact that his father was a Congressman from Houston at the time). 22 months later, around March, 1970, Bush moved to Mobile, Alabama, stopped showing up for National Guard drills completely, for six months, and then was "lax" on return to Texas. That year, he also failed to take his required annual physical. The record is still a mystery because papers from that time are missing.
The kind of fight that the Kerry campaign and the Democratic Party should be making came from Democratic Senator from Iowa Tom Harkin, a U.S. Navy veteran, who opened up with both barrels against the White House Chickenhawks in an Iowa speech:
"Maybe the President should go back [into the military]. He didn't do much when he was young. How about Cheney? During the Vietnam War, Vice President Cheney said he had five deferments and he had other priorities."
Harkin added, "When I hear this coming from Dick Cheney, who was a coward, who would not serve during the Vietnam War, it makes my blood boil. Those of us who served and those of use who went in the military don't like it when someone like a Dick Cheney comes out and he wants to be tough. Yeah, he'll be tough. He'll be tough with somebody else's blood, somebody else's kids. But not when it was his turn to go."
LaRouche said Bush and Cheney are cowards. "They weren't among the poor who went to war in Vietnam; they were being saved for a more 'elegant' future, while African Americans, Hispanics, and ordinary working people went to war." And, "they are still war evaders," LaRouche added. Maybe these war records are showing us something. Maybe these war records give us the answer to the question of why Bush has been wrong every time about military issues, and the military has been consistently right — and totally opposed to him.
By: Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. As the situations in Afghanistan and Iraq unravel and spin out of control, there is one
remedy: destroy Cheney and build the LaRouche PAC. http://www.larouchepac.com