Saturday, June 25, 2005

Chickenhawks rationalize

Everyone who's ever wanted to see rationalization at work should read this story about young Republicans explaining about why they don't want to go fight in a war that some of them consider a "moral imperative." The thing that bothers me most about these young, dumb Republicans is that some of their reasoning runs like this: "I can do more to help the troops by working for the Republican party." Huh? You mean the same Republican party that has failed to provide our troops with the armored vehicles and equipment they need? The same Republican party that has been so ineffectual with supplying our soldiers that young Marines are told to buy $600 worth of equipment on their own if they want to survive? Hey, Chickenhawks, you're not doing the troops any favors by playing patty-cake with US congressional aides, raising money for the Republican party, or planning your K-street careers. I'd really like to have a reporter go up to a Marine who's just finished a day's hard slog through a Baghdad slum and ask: "Excuse me, son. How does it make you feel to know that so many young Americans are supporting you by going door-to-door for the Republicna party?" He'll be like, "A-wha?! Ex-fucking-scuse me?" If the war in Iraq is a moral imperative, helping a political party does not constitute coming to the aid of your nation. And, believe it or not, there are soldiers who are not Republicans! Oh well. Listen, it's as simple as this: If you're going to spew rhetoric about why the war in Iraq is a "moral imperative," you had best have a better excuse for not enlisting than your own political ambitions.

Oh, and a special note to one Vivian Lee, who said: "Frankly, I'd like to be a politician. I want to live to see that." Frankly, Vivian, you have no career in politics because of that comment. Ahhh, the irony. But it's okay; you'll make more money as a lobbyist anyway.


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