As pointed out by Slate's Timothy Noah
John Bolton, Wimp
A Vietnam hawk who remained stateside.
By Timothy Noah
Posted Friday, April 29, 2005, at 6:01 PM PT
Scratch a saber-rattler, find a war wimp. You can just about set your watch by it, can't you? So it's entirely unsurprising to read the following about John Bolton, Yale '70, in the Yale Daily News:
Though Bolton supported the Vietnam War, he declined to enter combat duty, instead enlisting in the National Guard and attending law school after his 1970 graduation. "I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy," Bolton wrote of his decision in the 25th reunion book. "I considered the war in Vietnam already lost."
So Bolton supported sending other young American soldiers to risk their very lives in a war "already lost", while he saved his beautiful mind for better things (like stealing national elections, endangering national security by manipulating intelligence information and otherwise being a general SOB).
Reminds me of another great patriotic chickenhawk:
"I was not prepared to shoot my eardrum out with a shotgun in order to get a deferment. Nor was I willing to go to Canada," [George W.] Bush explained to The Dallas Morning News back in 1990. "So I chose to better myself by learning how to fly airplanes."
Birds of a feather, it seems.
Yes, Bolton is a tough, no-nonsense, abrasive, "get it done" kind of guy, as long as he is sitting behind a big oak desk with a nice cushy leather chair in his spiffy, safe office. That "get it done" attitude rapidly evaporates, however, when asked to put his own precious butt on the line to face the consequences of the indulgent anger-driven blather that passes for his conservative policy-making.
(BTW, here's a link to the most detailed - and frightening - Bolton bio I have seen yet: