I was curious about the possibility of men and women in the armed forces choosing to retire rather than face the prospect of serving under John Kerry as commander-in-chief. I therefore e-mailed a friend of mine from graduate school, who is now serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, to get a sense for what hes heard. Here is his response:
I have heard a little bit of "If that turd Kerry gets elected." type talk, but I havent been in position to do much political observation around here. I have had to ponder that question myself - I am approaching my 20 year mark. I dont know if I would want to serve under that guy. I managed to stomach 8 years of Bill Clinton - although he made sure I saw Bosnia close up - and only got really, really angry when I found out he had Monica Lewinsky under the desk fellating him while he was on the phone with a swing vote Congressdude from KY during the run up to the vote on the Bosnia authorization.
Obviously its dangerous to try to generalize from this, but his dilemma is worth noting here nonetheless.