Unfortunately for you, the term itself has no such inherent qualifications:
[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veteran]Veteran - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]United States
The most common usage is for former armed services personnel. A veteran is one who has served in the armed forces, especially one who has served in combat. It is especially applied to those who served for an entire career, usually of 20 years or more, but may be applied for someone who has only served one tour of duty. A common misconception is that one had to have either been in combat and/or has retired from active duty to be called a military veteran.
Thats what I thught you were getting at -- not any real point, just a meaningless personal attack on GWB.To call President Bush the younger a veteran is a perversion of the term.
No doubt if the war in Afghanistan fails, Obama will say he inherited it.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
I have a great deal of respect for President Bush the elder, despite the fact that I differed with him almost completely on issues, because of his choice to serve the country. President Bush the younger did not chose to serve the country, he chose to serve himself.
You can dislike it all you want -- fact of the matter is, GWB is a veteran.I am a veteran. I dislike sharing the term with some one who used the reserves to get out of serving active duty.