Monday, June 23, 2008

Neo-Con Sacrifices for Their Country

This is about as ad hominem as it gets, but in today's New York Times, William Kristol is huffing about a MoveOn ad that "boldly embraces a vision of a selfish and infantilized America, suggesting that military service and sacrifice are unnecessary and deplorable relics of the past. And the sole responsibility of others."

He finds the commercial featuring a mother refusing to make her baby available for John McCain's hundred-year Iraq war "unapologetic in its selfishness, and barely disguised in its disdain for those who have chosen to serve."

Such posturing is particularly galling from a charter member of the Neo-Cons who, when other people's sons were dying in Vietnam, were too busy getting into post-Harvard politics, as Kristol was, or hiding out by pulling family National Guard strings a la George W Bush or getting multiple deferments, as Dick Cheney did, or otherwise choosing not to serve, as only the most fire-breathing of them all, John Bolton, has had the honesty to admit.

"I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy," Bolton wrote in the 25th reunion book of his graduation from Yale about his decision to join the National Guard and go to law school.

Talking about service, Kristol's one-year stint with the Times expires in January just before the Bush Administration does. Haven't they all sacrificed for their country long enough?


Mike said...

What a detestable putz.

What's_Wrong_In_DC said...

Typical tough talk from warmongers who were too scared to serve their country when they had the chance.

At the very least these idiots could relocate to Iraq or Afghanistan & contribute their expertise to bush's cause instead of just flapping their gums.

Anonymous said...

Freedom isn't free! You just send the bill to people who actually care while you buy the politicians who ease the white millionaire's burden.

Unknown said...

Where exactly are HIS kids serving?

Rehctaw said...

nicholas asked: Where exactly are HIS kids serving?

Billy the Bloody procreated?!?!?
Between planning the end of civilzation and being head cheerleader for all things Bush, wherever did he find the time?

Imagine being a child/spouse in that business deal. Suddenly Stephen King seems almost amatuerish in his depiction of horror.

Anonymous said...

People should always call out these chicken hawks on their cowardice. I watched a vid of Jesse Ventura on Larry King, and he said (paraphrasing) a necessary war is one you'll send your son[sic] to fight. And this from an ex SEAL.
From all of the stuff I've heard from Jesse, he sounds like a great guy who stands up for his principles.
His stance on homosexual marriage is the only one I've heard where someone mentions love as the motivation from marriage. I'm not gay, personally, but this is *the* best, most to the point, argument in favor of it that I've ever heard. Sorry for straying from the topic.

And, as I've always said, "Ad hominem attacks are for assholes."
(Adjust strength to fit situation. I'd prefer stronger (strongest) but wouldn't want to be censored.

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