From John Bolton’s Wikipedia bio:
"He wrote in his Yale 25th reunion book “I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy. I considered the war in Vietnam already lost.” In an interview, Bolton discussed his comment in the reunion book, explaining that he decided to avoid service in Vietnam because “by the time I was about to graduate in 1970, it was clear to me that opponents of the Vietnam War had made it certain we could not prevail, and that I had no great interest in going there to have Teddy Kennedy give it back to the people I might die to take it away from.”
Like every other privileged draft age male of the day, Bolton used his connections to get a very rare and almost impossible to attain spot in the National Guard to avoid going to Vietnam. While the sons of lesser folk were refused such appointments and went to die in the rice paddies, he was assured that he would never have to “die for your freedom.”
And the part about not wanting to die in war that he knew we were actively trying to lose is of course the biggest cop out of all. He’s a slimy right wing coward without the courage to back up his tough talk, but all the connections he needs to save his own sorry ass anytime he starts something he can’t finish.
And doncha love the part about "Teddy Kennedy giv[ing] it back to the people I might die to take it away from”?
We can’t even take away a country from it’s inhabitants and then keep it for our own profit. What’s to die for, anway?