Now that Donald Trump has the Republican presidential nomination sewn up, it is time to look at how he would approach important matters of policy such as the military. With Mr. Trump this is a problem, because although hawkish today he is a classic Vietnam- era draft dodger.
For California Republicans this presents a dilemma, because they will have to repudiate one of the early pillars of Ronald Reagan’s popularity, as he was caustic about yellow bellies and draft dodgers. Colorfully he once said of the Vietnam War protesters, “The last bunch of pickets were carrying signs that said ‘Make love, not war’. The only trouble was they didn’t look capable of doing either.”
Of one unruly draft dodger Reagan said, “His hair was cut like Tarzan, he acted like Jane and he smelled like Cheetah.”