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"The weak gain strength through effrontery, and the strong grow weak because of inhibitions." -Bismarck, quoted by Henry Kissinger
He does it because, most of the time, it probably pays off for him, as it often does for others who try it. Pitiful, though.
Many opponents of the Iraq War call its conservative supporters the dreaded Chickenhawk term. Many of these critics go out of their way to say they are not sissies when it comes to the war on terror because they are all for the war in Afghanistan, but just don't think Iraq is an important front on that war. Aren't these liberals chickenhawks for not enlisting to fight the Taliban?
Any suggestions on who I can insult upwards to get more blog traffic?Cant' be a military officer or Governemnt officical listed in Article 88 of the UCMJ . . .
they are all for the war in Afghanistan, but just don't think Iraq is an important front on that war. Yes, but thats only a stalking horse. If there was no war in Iraq, they'd spend all their time and energy denouncing the war in Afganistan instead.Aren't these liberals chickenhawks for not enlisting to fight the TalibanYup. But I prefer to reverse the chickenhawk meme: if you never served, you have no right to criticize the war.
Hery Badger, what unit were you with? Did you see any of my LAR bros over there?
The chickenhawk argument is a lame duck in my opinion. My analogy is that there are a lot of people out there who have very definite opinions on how police need to fight crime, yet would never think of donning the uniform and catching bad guys. Much easier to dicate on how to do the job than do the job themselves.
Regarding the chickenhawk criticism, you have to wonder at the near instantaneous reaction by the boys at National Review in response to being called a chickenhawk.Yes, coming from Liberals, who can't seem to muster up the courage to fight anything, unless you consider insulting Althouse on her blog a form of fighting, the chickenhawk insult is morally unacceptable.However, let's take a step back and ask ourselves why it is so few of the obviously able-bodied boys at National Review have military experience on their resume? Isn't this a conumdrum?Why isn't it fair to ask the National Review boys why they can intone on a dime about the heroism of our military when so few of them have ever been in our military? And, when I say "ask", I mean fair for those of us who are not hypocritical liberals to ask of the boys at National Review, are you not in fact chickenhawks?
Cant' be a military officer or Governemnt officical listed in Article 88 of the UCMJAnd they have to be willing to respond. So politicians are right out.And attacking someone on the right, while it would give a temporary boost in traffic, long term would only hurt you.I would recommend Glenn Greenwald or--if you're up to it--Juan Cole. Whenever Juan makes a fool of himself, that leads to an Instalanche, which is major traffic.(apologies for suggesting that Greenwald and Cole are "upwards" of you)
i'm not sure its possible for jonah goldberg to be "insulted upwards," -- i cant imagine who is beneath him
Actually I think chickenhawk is appropos. Isn't that the conservative way?not in my back yard.other people's money.other people's kids.and read the mark levin blog on national review. if you want to associate with that spew and rally forth in support of that general mindset, well, i wouldn't want to know ya.
A chickenhawk is a able bodied man or woman who will send their neighbor to fight in a war they chose to not fight and:... engages their political opponents by accusing them of hating America, treason, sedition and appeasement for disagreeing with their lust for war.... accuses a decorated Viet Nam war vet currently serving the U.S. Congress of treason, sedition and appeasement for suggesting a plan that would move troops away from the civil war currently taking place in Baghdad.
Well said Michael. Well said.
And accusing adjacently -- the Kathy Sierra blogosphere scandal today. I think her site will get more of a fan base and blog traffic than ever, as well as the people whom she is accusing. I hope she's safe and returns to her blog. Not to be taken lightly, and it raises a lot of issues about safety on the Web. What a mess.
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