Donald Trump certainly likes to hand it out. He rubbished Admiral John McCain, decorated with the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Republican Party standard bearer in the 2008 Presidential Election as 'no war hero ... he was captured and I don't like people who were captured'.
Now he has hit out against retired US Marine Corps 4 Star General John Allan, the Commander of ISAF in Afghanistan and who had the temerity to speak out against him at the Democratic Party Convention, and label him as a 'Failed General'
Allan blasted Trump's support for waterboarding and said that the military should never become an instrument for torture nor should it engage in murder or other illegal activities. Hardly earth shattering stuff and reflecting that laid down in the Uniform Code of Military Justice which is the foundation document of military law for the United States.
So perhaps he should examine Trump's own military record ... or lack thereof.
Back in July 1964 at the start of the Vietnam War he got a 2S (Student) deferment classification extended again in December 1965. On 22 November 1966 he was reclassified IA ... available for unrestricted military service. Took Trump less than a month (19 December) to get that changed back again to 2S which was extended again on 16 January 1968. Six months later on 9 July he was again reclassified as 1A. On 15 October that year Trump got himself reclassified as 1Y ... exempted from service except except in the case of war or national emergency because of medical problems. On 1 February 1972 Trump was finally classified 4F ... not acceptable for military service determined by a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) 'under the established physical, mental or moral standards'.
It is widely reported that Trump got his medical determent on the basis of a letter from his doctor testifying that had had 'bone spurs' in his feet.
Trump was never drafted. He was the recipient of a series of student deferments and, when he was finally classified IA, he sought and obtained a medical exemption. Was he a draft dodger ... you will make up your own mind. What we can say is that his propensity to dump on those who have served with distinction but who may not share his politics is at best unfortunate and, to my mind at least, calls into question his qualifications to be Commander in Chief.