Thursday, November 15, 2007

Oh Mandy

Over at my favorite Ann Arbor blog, run by Mandy Kay, we see this:

One of the reasons this country is wallowing in the quagmire [come on baby light my fire] of a senseless war is because the men currently in power stood aside when their brothers were called to serve a generation ago.
What's this, the chickenhawk argument?

This is not a serious argument. Actually, it's not even an argument. It's just name-calling.

Mandy, I thought you were better than that.

PS We have civilian oversight of our military, thank goodness, and no President is required to have served (or say farewell Hillary, bye bye Barack, hello Mike Gravel). But I am intrigued by certain claims about the relation of military service and politics. For instance, I'm pretty certain that those who are or were in uniform are more likely to support the war than those who haven't served. Another point worth discussing (more opinion than objective fact) is who have historically made better war presidents, those who've seen battle or those who haven't. Who do you like? Lincoln? FDR?


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