Part of the ordeal of running for president is putting up with foolish questions. It comes with the territory.
However, one of the dumbest questions of this early campaign season was directed at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney earlier this month in Iowa. The Republican candidate, was asked why his five sons weren't in the military.
Romney, whose sons range in age from 26 to 37, said his sons were adults and that he respected their career decisions.
Why should Romney have to defend the decisions of his adult sons to not join the military? They're grown men who can speak for themselves.
The U.S. has a volunteer Army and it's hard to find any military official who prefers the draft to the current voluntary system.
We're willing to give political candidates the benefit of the doubt that they don't need to have a son or daughter serving in a war zone to make intelligent and compassionate decisions regarding foreign policy.
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