When President Donald Trump announced noted warhawk John Bolton as his next national security adviser, most familiar with Bolton were not shocked -- the two have like minds in many ways.
And not the least of those ways is the predilection for advocating military intervention while lacking the gumption to serve themselves.
Both Bolton and Trump evaded service during the Vietnam War, with the same spirit if not the same strategy:
While Trump cited “bone spurs” in one of his feet as a reason to avoid the Vietnam draft, Bolton — a Goldwater conservative — dodged service in the war he vocally endorsed by joining the Maryland National Guard.
And what did he who helped sell George W. Bush's war in Iraq have to say about the Vietnam War?
“I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy,” he said in 1995. “I considered the war in Vietnam already lost.” Now this pair of chickenhawks may well send other young men and women to their deaths in war.