Disrespect for veterans was one of the fatal mistakes of the leftist movement of the 60’s.
It’s folly, really, if you think about it. One may disagree all one likes with the US’ warmongering, and believe any individual military altercation is immoral and, if you wish, evil.
But when that POV descends upon the individuals who, by their own choice (misguided as it may be), decided to put themselves in harm’s way for a cause they believed in (again, even though that belief may be misguided), you abandon the moral high road.
Criticize Dan for his misguided interpretation of his volunteering, the US mission that he contributed to, and how he brings those interpretations to his current public service. Do that all you like.
But suggest that he’s not deserving of respect for putting his life on the line for something he believed in? Not only is that political suicide, its an irrational conflation of two entirely different things.