I'd add that I basically reject the whole premise of this thread, since neither Obama nor Romney's kids were of age to serve. They would have had to REGISTER, sure, but not serve. All-volunteer by that time, I'm afraid.

In fact, I salute those who opposed and skipped the Vietnam-era draft as part of a principled objection to the war. I have less paitience with those like Romney or Cheney who took deferments for their own convenience and later turned into warmongers - or as the popular phrase has it,'chickenhawks.'