It’s a pretty interesting omission by a Fortunate Son. It’s extra interesting when you consider that Romney-Ryan are ready to start a new war in Iran, shipping off another generation of other people’s loved ones to fight and die in the newest chapter of the GOP’s Glorious Forever War.
Huffington Post: With America embroiled in its longest armed conflict, Mitt Romney became the first Republican since 1952 to accept his party’s nomination without mentioning war. Three election cycles after the 2001 terrorist attacks, neither Romney nor his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, had anything to say about terrorism or war while on their party’s biggest stage.
Steve Benen: Imagine if, in the midst of the longest U.S. war in American history, a Democratic presidential nominee delivered a 4,000-word speech at his convention, and neglected to mention the war altogether. Imagine if that candidate didn’t bother to say a single word about the conflict, the troops serving abroad, or when they might come home. Imagine if that same Democratic candidate ignored the war despite not having any military background of his own, and even managed to skip visiting the troops during a recent tour abroad. I think we know what would happen under such a scenario. McCain, Kristol, Krauthammer, Limbaugh, Cheney, et al, would reach an unavoidable conclusion: there’s simply no way this Democrat has a credible claim to be Commander in Chief during a time of war. And yet, Mitt Romney, who never wore a uniform, delivered his 4,000-word speech, which failed to even acknowledge the war in passing. The word “Afghanistan” was not uttered. There were no references to “veterans” or “troops,” either.
Mitt Romney, during his nomination acceptance speech, on August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.(Spencer Platt/Getty Images) via: The Atlantic
Mitt Romney circa 1966, demonstrating in favor of the Vietnam War, even though he avoided the draft himself by hiding in France for 30 months (living in what some described as a palace) as a Mormon missionary.
Huffington Post: His mission lasted 30 months from July 1966 to February 1969, but Romney also was given almost three years of deferment before and after the mission because he was a student.