Saturday, September 29, 2007


Chickenhawks on Stage

These chickenhawks and their twisted logic just kill me. Couple of items.

First, there is an interview article with Jenna Bush. I’ll quote the applicable section here.
On other issues, Jenna Bush ducked a question about whether she agreed with her father about the war in Iraq, but she said she understood critics who argue that she and her twin sister, Barbara, should serve in Iraq.

“Obviously I understand that question and see what the point of that question is for sure. I think there are many ways to serve your country. I think ... what's most appropriate for me to do is to teach or to work in UNICEF and represent our country in Latin America.”
First of all, why did the journalist allow her to duck the question? She should be put on the spot and required to show her hand. If she agrees, then that clinches it — she should be out on the front lines. If she doesn’t, that strengthens the hand of the anti-war faction. Either way, she’d be making herself look very bad. All the more reason why the kids of elites should be required to answer. It’s an example of how elites are given a free pass.

Second, that “many ways to serve your country” line is the same dodge that other chickenhawks use. “I can do more good here” is the self-serving mantra of people who expect to benefit when the less-fortunate spill their guts in the desert. I’m sure that lots of soldiers now endangering their lives in Iraq would much rather have a cushy job working for UNICEF and “represent[ing] our country in Latin America.” Jenna Bush might consider changing places with one of them.

And then there is über-chickenhawk Rush Limbaugh, who got out of military service for what? A sore on his posterior or something like that. Well, the army has considerably lowered the bar for volunteers, so why doesn’t Limbaugh hie down to his neighborhood recruiting station and sign up for combat duty? Instead, he says that military personnel in favor of withdrawing from Iraq are “phony soldiers.”

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