February 22, 2007
Air America's Thom Hartmann Tricked His Way Out of Vietnam
Posted by Dave Blount at February 22, 2007 11:35 AM
Err America continues to stagger through bankruptcy, but at least it has found a replacement for the obnoxious clown and would-be Senator Al Franken. Thom Hartmann now shoulders the burden of going up against El Rushbo in the prime noon–3 PM EST slot. As noted by fellow Oregonian Lars Larson, Hartmann counts among his qualifications having tricked his way out of serving his country during Vietnam.
Larson quotes a fawning puff piece from the Portland Oregonian:
...Hartmann joined the Air Force, thinking he could work as an engineer, thus avoiding dangerous duty. Quickly realizing he was wrong, Hartmann managed to flunk an end-of-basic training physical, earning a quick ticket back to civilian life.
Evidently, Hartmann used deception to flunk the physical. The Uniform Code of Military Justice has something to say about this:
Any person who […] procures his own separation from the armed forces by knowingly false representation or deliberate concealment as to his eligibility for that separation […] shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.
But don't expect this to prevent Hartmann from maligning President Bush's National Guard service.