Regarding Jerome Kapacinskas’ letter, “Cheney’s Courage” (Jan. 6): Webster’s defines courage as “the attitude of facing and dealing with anything recognized as dangerous, or painful, instead of withdrawing from it.”
During Dick Cheney’s draftable Vietnam years, he didn’t demonstrate courage.
Some of us did what the government told us to do. Most kids did not know what Vietnam was: maybe a Chinese restaurant? Then there were those who denounced the war on both historical and moral grounds. Then there were people like Dick Cheney, who had “a deadly allergy to olive drab” (“The Chapter That Went Missing From Dick Cheney’s Book,” The Nation, Aug. 27, 2011). He received four draft deferments while in college. I could only get one. Then, 22 days after Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin resolution in August 1964, Dick “coincidentally” married longtime girlfriend Lynne Vincent. By 1965, the status for married men changed to 1-A (“draft eligible”). Drafting married men without children were prime bait. Not for Dick. Precisely nine months and two days later, Dick and Lynne were no longer childless. Deferment No. 5.
Mr. Kapacinskas, how many American kids has Dick Cheney sent into battle? And, you justify “an eye for an eye.”