Tim O’Brien was a liberal guy and a graduate of Macalester College. In June of 1968, he was drafted to fight in Vietnam war. He says he hated the war, even though he was twenty-one and politically naïve. America was divided on all of the issues, and the only agreement was “moral confusion.” It was, and still is, his view that “you don’t make war without knowing why?.” There needs to be a reason when people are going to die. He doesn’t even believe in the war. How can he fight, if he dies in it?
The draft notice came on June 17, 1968. O’Brien read the first few lines of the letter and remembers thinking he was too kind, too compassionate, to be drafted. He thoroughly convinced the war is wrong, but he has to admit that it all seems so abstract. Besides, he’s just won a scholarship to Harvard, where he plans to attend graduate school and become a famous author.