Deferring Vietnam

Remember the scene from the movie Big Wednesday, where the three buddies are going to the draft board, each with a different method of trying to earn a deferment? On guy pretends to be gay, Garey Busey’s character pretends to be crazy, and Jan Michael Vincent’s character has his buddies kneecap him to fake and injury. That’s what the whole dustup around Vietnam service is turning into…

Reader Daniel Aronstein contributes the following on Teresa Heinz-Kerry’s latest quote:

“To have a couple of people who escaped [service in Vietnam] four, five, six times and deferred, deferred and deferred, calling [Kerry] anything or doubting his heroism is in and of itself unpatriotic,” Heinz Kerry said. She added that she was referring to Cheney’s lack of military service and to the attacks from the Bush campaign on various aspects of the Vietnam service of her husband.”

Her comment brings to mind a question:

Was John Kerry also unpatriotic for seeking a deferment, but getting turned down? From a 1970 interview with Kerry in the Harvard Crimson:

When he approached his draft board for permission to study for a year in Paris, the draft board refused and Kerry decided to enlist in the Navy.

If not, then HOW CAN SHE DARE CRITICIZE CHENEY FOR SEEKING ONE – (or more) – AND NOT getting turned down?

Put another way – How can she ascribe to Cheney a lower “moral standing” than Kerry just because the DOD/SSS honored Cheney’s requests and not her current husband’s?

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