Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Why are Republicans so war crazy when...?

Democrats have more war and military experience

Rick Noriega, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Texas -- joined the U.S. Army in 1979; currently Lt. Colonel in Texas Army National Guard, served in Afghanistan. (1)

Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) -- rifle platoon and company commander with the Fifth Marine Regiment in the An Hoa Basin west of Danang; was awarded the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, and two Purple Hearts. (1)

Representative Tim Walz, D-MN - Twenty-four years of service in the Army National Guard, retiring in 2005.

Representative Joe Sestak, D-PA - 31 years of service in the Navy, rising to the rank of Vice Admiral.

Representative Chris Carney, D-PA - Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve, Carney served multiple tours overseas and was activated for Operation Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle, and Southern Watch.

Representative Patrick Murphy, D-PA - extensive career in the U.S. Army from 1993-2004; earned Bronze Star and Presidential Unit Citation.

Representative Phil Hare, D-IL - Served in the United States Army Reserve for six years.

Representative Jack Murtha (D-PA) - distinguished 37-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts, retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a colonel in 1990. (1)

Former House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt - Missouri Air National Guard, 1965-71. (1, 2)

Representative David Bonior - Staff Sgt., United States Air Force 1968-72 (1, 2)

Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle - 1st Lt., U.S. Air Force SAC 1969-72 (1, 2)

Former Vice President Al Gore - enlisted August 1969; sent to Vietnam January 1971 as an army journalist, assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade headquartered at Bien Hoa, an airbase twenty miles northeast of Saigon. More facts about Gore's Service

Former Senator Bob Kerrey... Democrat... Lt. j.g., U.S. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam (1, 2)

Senator Daniel Inouye, US Army 1943-'47; Medal of Honor, World War Two (1, 2)

Senator John Kerry, Lt., U.S. Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, and three awards of the Purple Heart for his service in combat (1)

Representative Charles Rangel, Staff Sgt., U.S. Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea (1, 2)

Former Senator Max Cleland, Captain, U.S. Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam (1, 2)

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) - U.S. Army Reserve, 1968-1975.

Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) - U.S. Army, 1951-1953. (1)

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) - Lt., U.S. Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74. (1, 2)

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) - U.S. Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91 (1)

Former Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC) - served as a U.S. Army officer in World War II, receiving the Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons. (1)

Representative Leonard Boswell (D-IA) - Lt. Col., U.S. Army 1956-76; two tours in Vietnam, two Distinguished Flying Crosses as a helicopter pilot, two Bronze Stars, and the Soldier's Medal. (1, 2)

Former Representative "Pete" Peterson, Air Force Captain, POW, Ambassador to Viet Nam, and recipient of the Purple Heart, the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit. (1, 2)

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-CA: Staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, U.S. Army; was wounded and received a Purple Heart. (1, 2)

Bill McBride, Democratic Candidate for Florida Governor - volunteered and served as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam; awarded Bronze Star with a combat "V." (1)

Gray Davis, former California Governor, Army Captain in Vietnam; received Bronze Star. (1)

Pete Stark, D-CA, served in the Air Force 1955-57

Wesley Clark, Democratic Presidential Candidate - 38-year career of public service in the Army, culminating as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.

George McGovern, famous liberal, awarded Silver Star & DFC, dozens of missions during WWII


Former President Jimmy Carter, most recent recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, seven years in the Navy. "Except for his fellow service-academy graduate Dwight Eisenhower, no President of the twentieth century spent more years in uniform than Carter.

Dont tell me whos more patriotic I have family serving in the Marines and Army as we speak I have family going back to the civil war that fought

I myself am joining the army.

Update 2:

war of 1812?



Update 3:

Chuck Robb, US Senator from Virginia, served in Vietnam

Howell Heflin... Democrat... Silver StarFormer President Jimmy Carter, most recent recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, seven years in the Navy. "Except for his fellow service-academy graduate Dwight Eisenhower, no President of the twentieth century spent more years in uniform than Carter." (New Yorker Magazine)

Former Presidential Nominee Mike Dukakis - United States Army, 1955-'57 (1)

Former Senator/Vice Presidential nominee Lloyd Bentsen - B-24 pilot in WWII 1942-'45, Squadron Commander; earned Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. (1)

Former Vice President Walter Mondale, U.S. Army 1951-1953

Former Senator John Glenn, D-OH (1974-1999) - Served in WWII and Korea; extensive military commendations include the Distinguished Flying Cross on six occasions, and the Air Medal with 18 Clusters.

Congressman Tom Lantos, D-CA - Did not serve in the US military; did serve in the Hungarian anti-Nazi underground

24 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Eisenhower sent the first troops to Viet Nam after the French defeat in 1954, using Dulles' doublespeak of "advisors".

    The Chickenhawk Database shows far more Democrats on the Hill and in general have military service, while the majority of Republicans dodged the draft or just didn't bother.

    Newt Gingrich, Trent Lott, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Tom DeLay are but a few. A google search of the Chicken Hawk Database lays out the facts: when it comes to military service, most Republicans in office are cowards.

    Nobody spat on anybody. That came out of a Rambo movie and suddenly every other Viet vet I know was claiming that. I challenged each of them and each admitted they made it up.

    Clinton and Obama I'll give you, lady, but for you to malign Carter shows how little you know. VERY little. Jimmy Carter graduated near the top of his class from the U.S. Naval Academy and served on nuclear submarines under the famous Admiral Hyman Rickover. Carter's first degree was in nuclear engineering, which he earned at the Naval Academy. How DARE you imply he did not serve?

    I could not serve due to neurological disabilities making it unsafe to handle weapons. My father was a Democrat who earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and 3 Air Medals as a B-29 pilot in WW2. My nephew is a Democrat who spent 12 years active duty in the Army, serving deployments in Bosnia and Haiti. My nephew loved serving under Clinton, whom he says streamlined and made it easier to do his job as a SSGT. He also said he received far larger pay raises under Clinton than under either Bush.

    I'll say it again: NOBODY spat on ANYBODY. That was pure Sylvester Stallone fiction. I was alive and a young man during the final years of Viet Nam. I lost friends over there. One is alive but can only partially move his left hand and manage some speech. I also had a friend blown in half in the Mosul mess tent bombing.

    Source(s): "Trent Lott was a cheerleader for the Ole Miss football team while John McCain was rotting in a North Vietnamese prison"- crusty old journalist Jack Germond.
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  • Suzan
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    From reading all the above responses there is obviously a serious lack of quality history education going on in this country. Originally the conservatives in the country were protectionist and against the US involvment in wars while the liberals were the ones wanting to spread the American dream through any means needed. Change came during the anti war movement in the 60's. Thats when the Liberals went to a pacifist agenda. To answer the poster above who wanted to know one Dem president that got us into a war like Iraq....try JFK with Vietnam that was later escalated by another Dem in LBJ .

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    For the same reason Capt. Kangaroo and Mr. Rogers won the Congregational Medal of Honor. TRUE FACT!

    After the war they got sick of war and decided the best way to fight war was to wage peace. That's the Democratic way.

    Try tell'in that to the Contards. They just like to watch stuff get blowed up...:)

    BTW nice avatar.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Nice job on the research. But that proves little as far as warmongering other than we vets don't prefer to go back to war if it can be avoided. And we certainly don't want to commit our sons and daughters to the horrors of war if we can avoid it by other means.

    The military was underfunded and OVER TASKED during Clinton's tenure.

    Regan didn't run the military around nearly as bad a Clinton did.

    Both Bush's just had the big engagements to end failed diplomacy with Saddam.

    Funny how the Democratic controlled Congress has continued to increase and continue funding increased troops in Afganistan? Go figure!

    Source(s): 20+ years military experience
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  • 1 decade ago

    I'm sure you left out boy scout experience ...... National guard experience? That's a joke!!! I'm sure that no reps have any military experience, McCain comes to mind.

    Dodd , being investigated

    kennedy , Chappaquiddick

    Davis, Almost bankrupted Ca.

    Rangel , being investigated

    Gore , Global warming nutcase.

    Thompson , helped bankrupt Ca.

    The list goes on.......

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  • 1 decade ago

    Where did you get the stupid idea that the Republicans are war crazy?

    Democrats voted for the war in Iraq and Democrats are supporting the war in Afghanistan.

    Your question makes no sense.

    NSA: WW2 was gotten into because the Japs bombed Pearl Harbor and killed our service men. Guess what, if they bomb you, then you defend the home land. Get it?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    James, you have become, talk about a transformation, and you thought no one paid attention.

    I really don't think you want to get into a pi****** contest with Republicans over who is more patriotic. I don't think there were many republican "spitters" when our troops came back from Hanoi Janes on our side either.

    Billy Joe, you don't have the right to challenge them to anything.

    EDIT: Billy Joe above forgot to add Clinton, who actually was a president...Obama, again a president, Carter, again a president....

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Democrats have put us in more wars over the past 100 years than the Republicans, so your argument is flawed.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Interesting that your avatar is the Democrat who put us in the first war we ever lost.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They do love to fantasize about battle. And ZaZa what do you mean you know history, what has that got to do with these brave democrats serving in the military? If your not going to read the post don't pretend to know what its about, jeez...

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