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July 02, 2005

Like Father, Like Son

From the NY Press:

    "With supreme guts and righteousness, President Bush went into Iraq," Gov. Pataki told the Republican National Convention last August. The place erupted with applause. It was all very stirring.

    Almost one year later, Pataki's son Teddy is, with supreme guts and righteousness, seeking a three-year law school deferment from the Marines, which last week commissioned the recent Yale grad as a second lieutenant.

    The governor, who himself received a medical deferment during the Vietnam War because of poor eyesight, has said he hopes his son is granted the deferment. Of course he does. No doubt all the parents of New York's nearly 100 war dead also wish their children could have gotten deferments. But they couldn't. They got killed instead.

    During the run-up to the invasion, Pataki was one of Bush's biggest war whores in the Northeast, taking his pro-war stump speech on the road to warn New Yorkers about the imminent threat posed by Saddam Hussein. Since the governor's support for the war has yet to waver, it is more than a little annoying to hear him publicly wishing for his son's deferral.

    If the cause in Iraq is even half as important as the governor has led us to believe, then surely his son is more needed in Fallujah than in some Cambridge lecture hall. If, on the other hand, the governor no longer considers the war important enough to justify his son's immediate contribution, then he should speak up as loudly as he did in the winter of 2003. Which is it, George?

Posted by MikeBurke on July 2, 2005 | Permalink


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This really is an unfair indictment/smear piece of the Governor's son.

Educational Delays (EDs) are common place for newly accessed officers for all the services. In my own commissioning class in 1998, we had several folks that received the daly to attend law or medical school. These individuals, I might add, still had to pay back their time to the Army. In fact, had they NOT been given delays they would have completed their terms of service in 2001 or 2002 - instead they got to go to Iraq in '03 and '04.

Further, the ignorance about the USMC JAG - displayed by those distributing this fable - is telling. FYI, USMC attorneys are unresricted line officers. JAGs can and have filled combat positions in Iraq and A'stan. Marine JAGs undergo identical OCS and Basic School training as any other Marine officer.

Pataki's son is not "getting over" in any way shape or form. This kid, an Ivy League graduate, volunteered to become a Marine officer without financial incentives or any other mercenary benefits. Simply to become an officer of Marines. The Marines will not provide him with any assistance for graduate school and, like all of us, he too will get his turn in hell (Iraq/A'stan).

There are better "smoking guns" to direct your efforts towards - Governor Pataki's son - a Marine officer ain't one of 'em.

Posted by: IRR Soldier... | Jul 2, 2005 4:26:31 PM

I was about to comment on this, but saw that IRR Soldier already said anything I would have, except to say that I did the same thing. The only difference is that Pataki's son graduated from a far nicer undergraduate institution than I did.

Posted by: CPT JD | Jul 15, 2005 2:42:51 AM

Why don't you do some research before you speak about something upon which you obviously have no knowledge? 2ndLt Pataki is not receiving a "DEFERMENT" to attend law school. It is part of his contract with the Marine Corps. His job in the Marine Corps will be that of a Marine Judge Advocate, which requires him to be attend law school and receive admission into a state bar association. Currently, he is unqualified to serve as a judge advocate. Upon completion of law school and his admission to a state bar he will be activated. While in law school, he will serve in the Inactive Ready Reserve. Further, this is not some special privelege for "RICH" kids. This a commissioning program that the Marine Corps has offered for years.
Just in case you are wondering, I am knowledgable on this subject because I was commissioned in the Marine Corps through this program and I am not a "RICH" kid.

Posted by: Marine O | Sep 14, 2005 4:50:33 PM

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