Friday, October 17, 2014

Navy Cashiers a Biden for Cocaine

From Wombat-socho's "Live at Five: 10.17.14" word that Hunter Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's younger son, was quietly discharged from the Navy Reserve in Feb, after testing positive for cocaine.
The youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden was kicked out of the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine, two people familiar with the matter said yesterday.

Hunter Biden, 44, was discharged from the Navy Reserve in February, the Navy said in a statement. The Navy did not give a reason for the discharge.

Biden’s attorney didn’t respond to inquiries about whether Biden had used cocaine. But two people familiar with the matter said Biden was discharged after he failed a drug test last year. They weren’t authorized to discuss the incident and requested anonymity.

Hunter Biden released a statement saying he was honored” to serve in the Navy and he was “embarrassed” by his actions.

“It was the honor of my life to serve in the U.S. Navy, and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge,” Hunter Biden said in a statement. “I respect the Navy’s decision. With the love and support of my family, I’m moving forward.”
No, I'm not blaming Joe Biden. I'm blaming Hunter Biden. It was his doing, but the story has some other interesting angles. It appears that Hunter learned to appreciate the Navy later in life than many, and joined at 43, getting a waiver for age, and prior drug violations.  Neither are especially unusual, although the combination might be significantly rarer than either singly.  I can imagine old Joe saying to Hunter "Hey, if you want to get into politics, maybe you could join the Navy to burnish that resume a little more. I'll make some calls"

But I wouldn't worry about Hunter, he still has his gigs as a consultant to a Ukrainian gas company, a managing partner at Rosemont Seneca Partners, chairman of World Food Program USA, an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University.

Heck, based on recent history it's not even disqualifying for the presidency.

Smitty, the "Blog Sidekick" at The Other McCain, and a veteran himself is somewhat less reserved regarding Hunter's stupidity:

Dork-Shaming Hunter Biden After Dismissal From Navy Reserve For Blow
. . . As a retired Reservist myself, allow me to guffaw. I mean, the only more phoned-in position going today is Amateur Golfer With Occasional Presidential Cameos. This is especially true with the Biden family tradition of plagiarism. He could be a Fareed Zakaria understudy par excellence.
Mr. Biden, 44 years old, decided to pursue military service relatively late, beginning the direct-commission process to become a public-affairs officer in the Navy Reserve in 2012. Because of his age—43 when he was to be commissioned—he needed a waiver to join the Navy. He received a second Navy waiver because of a drug-related incident when he was a young man, according to people familiar with the matter. Military officials say such drug waivers aren’t uncommon.
So this dork gets this commission handed to him–I was retired from the Reserves by the time I was 44 (just sayin’) and he can’t even bother to put down the nose candy and take the job seriously? Why was he even wasting everyone’s time, anyway? Did he want to get some cool duds to wear when trying to impress the girls?
Mr. Biden was commissioned as an ensign on May 7, 2013, and assigned to Navy Public Affairs Support Element East in Norfolk, Va., a reserve unit, according to the Navy. In June 2013, after reporting to his unit in Norfolk, he was given a drug test, which turned up positive for cocaine, according to people familiar with the situation. Mr. Biden was discharged in February, the Navy said.
I mean: dude. You couldn’t lay off the nose candy for 48 hours prior to your First. Drill. Weekend? That is precisely the sort of fine moral example needed. . .by a country that really wants to get its clock cleaned in its next military engagement. I have no experiential clue about cocaine, never having done anything heavier than get drunk (almost two decades ago) or burn a cuban while deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. But, seriously: what were you thinking?. . .
Another point to see here is how quietly this has been handled by the media. This stayed under the radar since February. Did no one know? Really? Imagine if it had been the Palins.

On second thought, don't bother imagining, we know what happens when a Palin or four gets in the news for a brawl at a snowmobile party in Anchorage, for which no charges were filed:
ABC - Palin Family Asked to Leave Party After Brawl Breaks Out

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