Obama claims that Vietnam was over and there was nothing going on when he says he had to have registered with the Selective Service in 1979.
I had to sign up for Selective Service when I graduated from high school. And I was growing up in Hawaii. And I have friends whose parents were in the military. There are a lot of Army, military bases there.
"And I actually always thought of the military as an ennobling and, you know, honorable option. But keep in mind that I graduated in 1979. The Vietnam War had come to an end. We weren't engaged in an active military conflict at that point. And so, it's not an option that I ever decided to pursue."
Well, he actually didn't register in 1979. He registered in 1980.
On Nov. 4th, 1979 500 radical Iranians stormed the US Embassy in Tehran and took 90 people hostage! They held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.
It was called "The Iran Hostage Crisis" at the time and it was a BIG DEAL! On April 24th of 1980 brave Americans died horrible deaths at Desert One in a failed rescue attempt. That event was the very thing that motivated me. At that time I was living with a girl in an apartment in San Diego, CA. I went up, took the tests, and request a slot in SF training. It turned out SF was recruiting off the street at that time. My GT score and other criteria were good enough and I sat down with SFC Pudre who they called a "special recruiting Liason from the Pentagon".
He sized me up, and we sat down to see what slots were available when. I was guaranteed a slot in the Special Forces Qualification course for training as an SF medic, subject to completion of Basic, 91B AIT, and Jump School. So on May 5th, 1980 I signed on the dotted line and took the oath though the earliest I could go active was June 4th, 1980 because of my SF training slot time. But to B.O. nothing was going on at the time?
Oh, BTW, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan started in 1979 also. Robert A. Hains