Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Rove continues to smear war heroes

Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 12:02:36 PM PDT

Rove, apparently feeling frisky after cutting a deal with Fitzgerald getting out of legal trouble on the Plame Affair, is back to his old habits.

Rove, one of Washington's most powerful and polarizing figures who is under investigation in the leak of a CIA covert operative's name, chided Democrats for floating the idea of troop reductions in Iraq.

He specifically targeted Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha.

"Like too many Democrats it strikes me they are ready to give the green light to go to war, but when it gets tough, they fall back of that party's old platform of cutting and running. They may be with you for the first few bullets but they won't be there for the last tough battles," he said.

Karl Rove wants to talk about cutting and running? Here's his record:

Except for a lapse of several months, Selective Service records show presidential adviser Karl Rove escaped the draft for nearly three years at the height of the Vietnam War using student deferments [...]

At the time, a full-time student at the university would have had to take 12 hours a quarter. University records show Rove went to school full-time for four of those quarters. But in the autumn and spring quarters of 1971, Rove was a part-time student, registered for between six and 12 credit hours. In his book, The Draft: 1940- 1973, Texas Tech University history professor George Flynn writes that Selective Service regulations required a student with a draft deferment to study "full-time, pursuing a regular degree, and in senior college. But the definition of full time varied from school to school."

Despite the apparent lapse in his full-time status, Rove maintained his deferment.

But Rove is doing what Republicans do best -- use troops for political props, but then trash them when politically expedient. They have no respect for those who have served because they, themselves, haven't given anything to their countries.

No sense of duty. No sense of shared sacrifice. No sense of respect to those who wore combat boots.

Its the modern Republican Party in action.

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