As a young man growing up in Salt Lake City, Rove adhered strongly to the Nixon Vietnam position. He accepted Nixon's position of demonizing opponents of the Vietnam War, including questioning their patriotism.
After Nixon's death progressive historians asserted that Nixon and his administration's foot soldiers demeaned true patriotism by embracing a narrow standard wherein, if they failed to support a flag waving posture operating lockstep within Nixon's narrow dogma relating to Vietnam, they were labeled as unpatriotic.
Like so many of Nixon's stalwart young supporters, including William Kristol, Dick Cheney and others, Rove had no stomach for traveling to Southeast Asia and fighting for a cause he verbally supported.
When time ultimately substantiated the anti-Vietnam War contingent position that no domino theory existed and hordes of Asians, spearheaded by the Chinese, never sought to invade America via San Francisco Bay or any other way, the chicken hawks never changed their position.
The same holds true with Rove's position on the Iraq War as well as an issue that has awkwardly surfaced as he hawks his new book this week in the media, that being his leaking, along with the late ultra right political columnist Robert Novak, of the name of CIA weapons analyst Valerie Plame.
On the war Rove repeats the same stale claim that the Bush Administration was compelled to act in Iraq through a justifiable concern that Saddam Hussein contained the wherewithal and the desire to launch a nuclear attack against the United States.
What Rove fails to consider, much less confront, was that the Project for the New American Century had urged an Iraq War on President Bill Clinton without success.
He also ignores the activities of Dick Cheney in seeking to pressure the CIA to deliver "facts" indicating an Iraq nuclear threat, nor does he consider those secret meetings with the corporate aristocracy led by the formerly Cheney led Halliburton to divide up the fruits of impending battle before the first Shock and Awe attacks on Iraq.