Cowards in Congress? Guess Who.Tue Aug 21, 2007 05:00
He has two children and six grandchildren. His eldest daughter is married to General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security.
He was of military age and a supporter of the Vietnam War but he did not serve, applying for and receiving five draft deferments.
"I had other priorities in the '60s than military service."
In 1959 he reached age 18 and was classified as 1-A — at a time the military was taking only older men.
1962, he left Yale ("I flunked out.") to return home, where he worked as a lineman for a power company.
At the age of 21, he was convicted for the first of two offenses of driving while intoxicated (DWI).
1963, with the US actively advising South Vietnamese forces, he enrolled in a Community College and sought his first student deferment which was granted on March 20
At University, he sought his second student deferment July 1963.
1964, Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin resolution. American involvement in Vietnam began to escalate rapidly.
22 days after the resolution, he married his high school sweetheart. He sought and was granted his third student deferment on October 14, 1964.
In May 1965, he graduated from college and his draft status changed to 1-A. Since he was married, however, he had somewhat better protection from being drafted.
In July 1965, Johnson announced that he was doubling the number of men drafted.
1965, the Selective Service lifted its ban against drafting married men who had no children.
He obtained his fourth deferment because he started graduate school at the University, 1965.
January, 1966, his wife was about 10 weeks pregnant, he applied for 3-A status, the "hardship" exemption, which excluded men with children or
dependent parents. Granted.
In January 1967, he turned 26 and was no longer eligible for the draft.
Deputy Assistant to the President from 1974–1975 he suggested in a memo that the White House should use the Justice Department in a variety of LEGALLY QUESTIONABLE WAYS to exact retribution for an article published by New York Times investigative reporter Seymour Hersh.
He voted against the creation of the U.S. Department of Education. He claimed the Department was an encroachment on states' rights.
He also voted against funding Head Start
He voted against a resolution calling on the South African government to release Nelson Mandela from prison
He directed the United States invasion of Panama and Operation Desert Storm in the Middle East.
He worked closely with Pete Williams, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, and Paul Wolfowitz, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
In 1997, along with others, he founded the "Project for the New American Century," a neo-conservative U.S. think tank whose self-stated goal is to "promote American global leadership."
He has used his "executive privilege" to deny congressional information requests.
According to Cheney, Leahy was trying to "make small talk" and "act like everything's peaches and cream." Cheney ended the conversation by saying "go ... yourself" to Leahy.
(Guess Who? - Dick Cheney)
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