Kerry’s latest double-standard

By Joseph Farah

John Kerry, the man who told us electing a certifiable draft dodger as president in 1992 was the right thing to do, now tells us it’s time to dump George Bush and Dick Cheney because they did not volunteer to serve in Vietnam.

Kerry told the nation it was wrong for George H.W. Bush to make Clinton’s ducking of military service an issue 12 years ago.

In a CNN interview Sept. 15, 1992, he said it was time to move on, talk about issues of the present and the future and stop dwelling on the past.

“I think it’s important to put them [issues of Clinton’s draft dodging] into perspective, because 20 some years later, a lot of Americans are looking at this and scratching their heads and saying, ‘Hey, wait a minute, I thought that this election was about the economy and the job I lost, or about schools and drugs and other problems,'” Kerry told host Catherine Crier.

He even suggested Clinton, who never served a day and wrote that he “loathed the military,” had actually “put himself at risk” by submitting to the draft, after not submitting himself to the draft.

“But the fact is that in 1969, Bill Clinton’s name was drawn in the lottery, and he was lucky enough to draw a high number,” Kerry explained. “If he had drawn a low number, as many young people did, he would have seen service at the end of his deferment in 1970. People forget the war went on through 1970, 1971, 1972, into 1973. And the fact is, a lot young people who drew low numbers who weren’t as lucky as Bill Clinton who did submit to the draft went to serve.”

In twisted logic, he continued: “So the fact is that he has explained. He didn’t want to go initially, he did take advantage of the deferment, as many Americans did. He didn’t like his decision. He made another decision; he submitted his name to the draft, and he was lucky. Now, I think we’ve got to move on.”

Kerry even said back then that it was not unusual to do what Clinton did.

“No. It was not only unusual – it was not only not unusual, it was exactly where America was at that point in time,” Kerry said. “By 1969, we’d had the death of Robert Kennedy in ’68, Martin Luther King’s assassination, riots, protests, assassinations, Malcolm X, Medgar Evers. The country was really lost on this issue of the war.”

But, as on so many issues of the day, Kerry has changed his mind about the meaning of service in Vietnam. Now he’s attacking Bush and Cheney for not serving in Vietnam – even though neither dodged the draft.

“I’m not going to have my commitment to defend this country questioned by those who refused to serve when they could have and by those who have misled the nation into Iraq,” he said.

Now, Kerry, who wanted to “move on” in 1992, has chosen again and again to make his 16-week Vietnam service the centerpiece of his campaign. At the same time, he seems to think it is off-limits for anyone to raise questions about that service – or how he betrayed his comrades and countrymen when he returned to the states.

“We all saw the anger and distortion of the Republican Convention,” Kerry said. “The vice president even called me unfit for office last night. I guess I’ll leave it up to the voters whether five deferments makes someone more qualified to defend this nation than two tours of duty.”

But it wasn’t Cheney who brought up Kerry’s much-hyped service record. It wasn’t Bush who raised the subject. In fact, they have done nothing but commend Kerry’s military record – such as it is.

On the contrary, it was Kerry who made it not only an issue but the issue.

Why was it OK to elect a draft dodger president in 1992, but not OK to re-elect a president who served honorably in the Air National Guard?

Only Kerry, with his twisted moral relativism, could come to such a conclusion.