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Chicken Hawks

Hypocrisy abounds in Washington. That is nothing new. As long as there have been politicians, there have been hypocrites running for office. When it comes to hypocrisy there are no finer examples than the "chicken hawks. These fine people preach war and leading through strength but fail to demonstrate the same principles in their personal lives. They talk a good game but seem to come up a bit lacking in the backing it up department. While this is a free country and we do have the right to say what we think, it's always good to think about the consequences. Sometimes the things you say when put in comparison with the things you've done can bite you in the backside.

That being said, let's to take this time to take a closer look at the hypocrisy of war promotion by "chicken hawks". To get the ball rolling I’d like to share a quote with you from one of the top dogs in the current "chicken hawk" ranks.

"If we have to, we just mow the whole place down, see what happens. You're dealing with insane suicide bombers who are killing our people, and we need to be very aggressive in taking them out."Trent Lott

Spoken like a seasoned soldier ready to jump in and take on an army to defend his country. Trent Lott has never seen active combat or served in the military.

The race for the White House often brings out the "warrior" in our politicians. Here is an excerpt from a campaign speech given during this campaign season on war and using war to keep the peace.

"The way you achieve peace, in a world in which there are people that hate you, and people who are maniacally opposed to you as many of the Islamic terrorists are is, the only way you do it is through strength, not weakness. Weakness prolongs struggles like this." Rudy Giuliani

This sounds like the voice of experience giving sage words of wisdom to the civilians that may not quite understand the philosophies of war and peace. Rudy Giuliani has never seen active combat or served in the military.

"There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al-Qaida leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will." - Barack Obama

This makes one think that the speaker might be a battle hardened general speaking from the experiences of a veteran warrior. Barack Obama has never seen active combat or served in the military.

The brave men and women who serve in our armed forces should be afforded all the respect and honor due to them for their bravery. When it comes time to talk of war these should be the people we listen to the most intently as they have some real perspective on war. They have faced it first hand. The "chicken hawks" that would send people to die in their stead should not be our primary guides.

It is interesting to look at the makeup of the most ardent supporters and detractors from a war. Below are some interesting proponents and opponents of the Iraq war.

Those who talk tough but never served:

Former Governor Mitt Romney
Former Senator Fred Thompson
Vice President Dick Cheney
Republican Strategist Karl Rove
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
Senator Joe Lieberman
Rush Limbaugh
Michael Savage
Sean Hannity
Bill O'Reilly

And a few anti-war advocates that DID serve in the military:

Former Vice President Al Gore
Senator John Kerry
Former Senator Mike Gravel
Representative Ron Paul
Senator Christopher Dodd
Representative Jack Murtha
Senator Ted Kennedy
Former President Jimmy Carter (His time of service at seven years in the Navy is second only to Dwight Eisenhower among US Presidents in the 20th Century.)
James Carville

It is interesting to see the marked division in party affiliation. While not a perfect split it is a fairly lopsided equation. As was demonstrated earlier, Democratic "chicken hawks" are out there too so this should not be interpreted as a dig at Republicans. It should be noted that one of the veterans against the Iraq War noted is Republican Ron Paul. Of the nine Senators in the U.S. Senate that have seen active combat six are Democrats and three Republicans. This is not a judgement about either side it is simply interesting to note. Given the GOP propensity for flag waving it does give the appearance that those who wave the flag the hardest are often the least willing to part with their lives to defend it. It should also be noted that the edge in military service among members of Congress does go to the Republicans. The Democrats have just seen more combat.

So the real question becomes, who are the real patriots? Are they the ones who talk a good game but wimp out on the actual fighting or are they the ones who put their lives on the line before they talk about the value of peace and avoiding senseless wars? Who is fit to judge who the real patriots are?

I guess we have to call them as we see them. For the pundits, talking heads, loudmouths, and others who haven't served and simply use their mouths to show their "patriotism" I have just one thing to say. If you want to call people cowards and traitors for being against the war then you darn well better man-up, put your money where your mouth is and join up. Otherwise, you really should just shut up.

At least those who are against the war who have not served in the military are being consistent. They are being pro-peace across the board. Those who have served and call for peace have earned the right to speak out without fear of reproach by risking their lives for their country. Conversely those who have served who call for war have every right to be heard. The wimps that call others cowards for opposing killing and dying in their name who don't have the guts themselves to fight for their country really don't have any ground to stand on.

That's how I see it anyway.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | Give your feedback on this article. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america

Like Rats from a Sinking Ship

Karl Rove announced this week that he is resigning from the Bush administration. This staunch supporter and architect of George W. Bush’s rise to power has told the Wall Street Journal that he is resigning effective at the end of August. He joins the list of insiders to bail out on the administration in its second term. Joining the likes of Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and Scooter Libby, Rove is the latest to jump ship before the Titanic that is the Bush administration goes down.

Some have speculated that with the increasing scrutiny from Congress and growing public mistrust of the administration, insiders are leaving to secure lucrative jobs while they can before the reputation of the administration becomes so damaged that they would become liabilities to future employers by association. While all citing wanting to spend more time with family or other similar personal reasons, it seems fairly clear that the once tight-knit group of Washington insiders wants to put some distance between themselves.

It is becoming somewhat of a sport of late betting on which administration personality will quit or be fired next. It would seem that since the 2006 election the Bush administration has been slowly dismantling in preparation to vacate the office in January of 2009. Between allegations of collusion by administration insiders to expose a CIA covert operative for political reasons and allegations of lying to Congress on the part of Alberto Gonzales, this administration’s woes have taken their toll on the once iron-clad alliances that defined the early years of the administration. More and more Republicans are distancing themselves from the White House and its policies.

As the 2008 presidential race heats up, support of Bush and Bush policies has become more of a liability than asset and more people within the Republican Party are carefully crafting appearances of neutrality on certain issues. Some current members of Congress running for President have gone so far as not even voting on controversial legislation leaving them free to come down on either side of the debate. In sharp contrast to the in-your-face style of the Bush campaigns of 2000 and 2004 the Republican strategy this primary season seems to be more of a wait-and-see type approach. Primary candidates on the Republican side have avoided too much finger pointing at each other and have kept the current White House at arms-length.

In his Wall Street Journal interview Karl Rove said that he had no plans to work on any of the current Republican candidates’ campaigns for president. It remains to be seen if those plans will change but if the current climate is any indicator, Karl Rove will likely not play a prominent role in the 2008 election other than as a topic of conversation and debate.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | Give your feedback on this article. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america

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