The great thing about the United States of America is that anyone who has enough money and can garner enough in donations can become President of that great nation. The money has to come first; political thinking, principles, and suitability of the office of President come a poor second; money is the key to the system of electing a President.
So it is that we have talented but rather vulgar business people, like Donald Trump, who has made a great deal of money building incredibly vulgar buildings, making a serious bid to become the next President. Mr Trump seems to have a curious regard for war veterans; he prefers people who were not captured in wars to people who were captured. That preference simply indicates the lack of depth of Mr Trump’s thinking about war veterans.
I suppose his mantra is “he who fights and runs away lives to fight another day, but he who does not fight at all lives much better than soldiers all.” While American prisoners of war were being locked in tiny cells in conditions of grave deprivation, Mr Trump was building a property empire and living a life of luxury.
Of course, Mr Trump is not a war veteran. he seems to have escaped the draft for the Vietnam war, and no doubt his family money helped him a great deal in that escape. Now from the safety of his ugly buildings and surrounded by wealth and sycophants he is able to make pronouncements of things of which he knows little.
The Vietnam war was a dreadful and foolish enterprise by the United States of America, It led to thousands of American lives being wasted , hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese lives being needlessly ended, and war crimes committed by US soldiers on a grand scale. Nevertheless, although those American soldiers who served in that war should not have served in it, one cannot simply disregard their foolish and misguided sacrifices in order to promote political ambition.