William McKinley: Albany Law School (LS), Spanish-American War, 6 weeks.
Theodore Roosevelt: Harvard College, Columbia LS, no wars of substance (NWOS).
William Howard Taft: Yale, Cincinnati LS, NWOS.
Woodrow Wilson: Princeton, Johns Hopkins PhD, World War I.
Warren Harding, Ohio Central College, NWOS.
Calvin Coolidge: Amherst, NWOS.
Herbert Hoover: Stanford, NWOS.
FDR: Harvard College, Columbia LS, World War II.
Harry Truman: No college, Korea.
Dwight Eisenhower: West Point, NWOS.
John Kennedy: Harvard, Vietnam. In 1963 we had 16,000 men in Vietnam.
Lyndon Johnson: Southwest Texas State Teachers College, Vietnam.
Richard Nixon: Whittier College, Duke LS, Vietnam.
Gerald Ford: U of Michigan, Yale LS, NWOS.
James Carter: Annapolis, NWOS.
Ronald Reagan: Eureka College, NWOS.
George Bush I: Yale College, Iraq.
William Clinton: Georgetown, Yale LS, NWOS.
George Bush II: Yale College, Harvard MBA, Iraq and Afghanistan.
What do I conclude from this, if anything? Most of our larger wars, WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam started during Democratic administrations. Only Iraq I and II and Afghanistan started during Republican administrations. WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Iraq I and II and Afghanistan started during Ivy League college graduates' administrations. Only Korea did not. That Obama has Columbia and Havard degrees is no guarantee he will not take us to war. His anti-military procurement bias is an especially ominous omen! Conclusion: if you want war, elect the Ivy League party candidate.
I remember a popular saying during the 1968 election which shows how little a nominee's promises mean. "They told me if I voted for Goldwater, we would have a half a million men in Southeast Asia. They were right! I voted for Goldwater in 1964 and we have a half a million men in Southeast Asia". Laugh! I thought that was funny in 1968!