Originally posted by spanner69:
Many on this forum crucify former President Bill Clinton on how he escaped the draft
. How he wrote letters and found ways to avoid it.
I loathe draft Dodgers like most of you. But unlike some I refuse to cut ANY draft Dodger a pass REGARDLESS of party affiliation. A Draft Dodger is a coward. That includes those who use of deferments is very questionable. As I was told by someone. Getting 2 deferments was A LOT back then.
I also do not like when people say the CINC is a draft Dodger. He is not. The CINC ENLISTED Unlike others who claim they terror experts and know the military. The CINC manned up. While other ran, which includes Rudy Guiliani
During his years as an undergraduate at Manhattan College and then at New York University Law School, Giuliani qualified for a student deferment. Upon graduation from law school in 1968, he lost that temporary deferment and his draft status reverted to 1-A, the designation awarded to those most qualified for induction into the Army.
At the same time, Giuliani won a clerkship with federal Judge Lloyd McMahon in the fabled Southern District of New York, where he would become the United States attorney. He naturally had no desire to trade his ticket on the legal profession's fast track for latrine duty in the jungle. So he quickly applied for another deferment based on his judicial clerkship. This time the Selective Service System denied his claim.
That was when the desperate Giuliani prevailed upon his boss to write to the draft board, asking them to grant him a fresh deferment and reclassification as an "essential" civilian employee. As the great tabloid columnist Jimmy Breslin noted 20 years later, during the former prosecutor's first campaign for mayor: "Giuliani did not attend the war in Vietnam because federal Judge Lloyd MacMahon [sic] wrote a letter to the draft board in 1969 and got him out. Giuliani was a law clerk for MacMahon, who at the time was hearing Selective Service cases. MacMahon's letter to Giuliani's draft board stated that Giuliani was so necessary as a law clerk that he could not be allowed to get shot at in Vietnam."
His clerkship ended the following year but his luck held firm. By then President Nixon had transformed the Selective Service into a lottery system, and despite Rudy's renewed 1-A status, he drew a high lottery number and was never drafted.
Today Giuliani's problem is not avoiding military service but explaining how and why he avoided it. A spokesperson for the candidate recently told New York magazine that he "has made it clear that if he had been called up, he would have served," which doesn't quite expiate his strenuous efforts to make sure that never happened. Giuliani opposed the Vietnam War for "strategic and tactical" reasons as well, according to his flack.
Guys, we cannot continue give politicins we hate grief while at the same time turn a blind eye to the same indescretion just because its done by a politcian we like. It hippocritical.
Rudy ran. Like Clinton and others ran.