Critics take cheap shots at Buttigieg’s military service

Trying to take Pete Buttigieg down a peg because his military service was spent primarily behind a desk is not only a cheap shot, but also an insult to the thousands of others who serve in similar capacities.

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February 12, 2020 - 10:28 AM

Pete Buttigieg, at a watch party for the South Bend, Ind., mayor and presidential candidate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Robert Scheer/Indianapolis Star

A recent column in the Wall Street Journal characterized Pete Buttigieg’s military service as a half-effort.

After all, Buttigieg’s 2009-2017 stint in the Navy Reserves included only seven months in Afghanistan and he never was involved in active combat. 

According to co-columnists Greg Kelly, a former pilot for the Marine Corps, and Katie Horgan, also a Marine who was deployed to Iraq, Buttigieg, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination,  hardly qualifies as a veteran.

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