Thursday, March 18, 2004

Cheney's draft-dodging 

Eric Alterman digs up a story from the 2000 campaign:
Cheney received four 2-S draft deferments -- granted to students -- from 1963 through 1965 while he was a student at the University of Wyoming. He married Lynne in 1964, and was thus banned from the draft.

But in October 1965, the Selective Service announced that married men without children could then be drafted. Exactly nine months and two days later -- on July 28, 1966 -- his first child was born. Cheney hadn't waited until her birth before he sought a 3-A deferment classification -- given to those with dependents. He did so when Lynne was only 10 weeks pregnant.
I'm not saying draft-dodging during the Vietnam era was wrong. Had I been in their generation, I certainly would have tried just as hard as Bush and Cheney did--and Bill Clinton, for that matter--to get out of the draft. And Cheney's way of avoiding the draft was completely legitimate. But it continues to amaze me that a ticket of two draft-dodgers can get away with attacking their opponent, who actually fought  in a war, for being weak on defense.
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