Mitt Romney is one of a very long and not-so-distinguished list of Republicans who cheers and supports every war we’ve ever been in while refusing to put his ass, or the asses of his sons, on the line in those wars. Ann Romney went on The View and tried to answer questions about that:
Whoopi Goldberg: What I read about your husband, what I read, and maybe you can correct this, is that the reason that he didn’t serve in Vietnam was because it was against the religion.
Ann Romney: He was serving his mission. (Explaining that none of her sons have served in the military) My five sons have also served (on) missions. We find different ways of serving… I sent them away boys and they came back men.
Whoopi Goldberg: So when you’re facing these mothers whose children have not come back, how will you explain to them that your sons haven’t gone?
Ann Romney: I think it’s the hardest thing that a president will probably do.
Goldberg is wrong about going to war being against the Mormon religion; Mormons can and do serve in the military and are anything but pacifist. But Mitt Romney did use the excuse of going on his Mormon mission to get deferrals in order to get out of serving in Vietnam, a war that he actually marched in favor of while in college. And this argument that is just a “different way of serving” is absurd. One simply has nothing to do with the other.
It’s easy to send your boys on a mission where the most terrible thing they’ll face is a barking dog or an impolite comment, all while cheering on a war that puts other people’s children into a war that killed millions of people. And remember a few years ago when Mitt was asked about why none of his sons had ever served in the military and he said “one of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected.” How patriotic of them. And apparently they were just too busy to serve in both gulf wars when they were of the proper age to join the military; I guess they were showing their support for the nation then by getting ready to help him get elected.
Ann Romney also claimed, falsely, that as governor of Massachusetts Mitt had attended every funeral of a servicemember from that state who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Well isn’t that convenient. But what he refused to do was put himself or his children at any risk of being in one of those funerals because they’re rich white people and rich white people don’t serve in wars, even when they think those wars are necessary and justified. They only send other people’s children to die, not their own.