Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Chickenhawks, Revisited

Posted by codemorse


"Bush OKs involuntary Marine recall"

President Bush has authorized the U.S. Marine Corps to recall 2,500 troops to active duty because there are not enough volunteers returning for duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, Marine commanders announced Tuesday.

The recall was authorized last month, and will begin in spring 2007 to fill positions for upcoming rotations, Marine officials said. The Marine Corps is currently picking volunteers from the Marine Individual Ready Reserve, the officials said.

....Though the initial recall is for 2,500 troops, there is no cap on how many could be called up in the future.

Remember when Elvis Presley joined the army? Or Jimmy Stewart? Despite enormously successful careers, they dropped them on a dime when they understood a need to serve their country - even if that wasn't as a foot-soldier.

The supporters of this war are not required to fight in it (that would be the "Chickenhawk" argument that Jabs hated so much). But when we're strapped for troops to the tune of 2,500, it is both legitimate and logical to ask why the ardent supporters of the war will not put down their powerbooks and their briefcases to sacrifice for their country.

What does "Support the Troops" mean?

Apparently, it means shipping them away again for involuntary tours of duty while sitting around watching "Serenity" over and over again on cable.


At 10:16 AM, Blogger Ben Miro said...

There's no grand argument here, man. They are pussies.

It's totally fine to NOT want to get shot or exploded. I'm positive I do not. BUT to bang the drum of war while letting the actual service fall to others seems indefensible (I don't recall Jabs stand on that...other than it was wordy). I mean, I'm certain these cats aren't fighters or soldier material...but you can push paper and unload supplies for this "cause" too!

Although, it does strike me as a middle-management type of mindset. Which is unsurprising on a "The Gay Looking Guy In nSync is Actually Gay" level.

At 7:33 AM, Blogger codemorse said...


Very well said.

I love and respect Mr. Jabs, but his defense against the "Chickenhawk" argument essentially boiled down to "If we don't fight, it doesn't make us chicken."

Which is true, I suppose, in a general sort of way.

But when we're shipping Marines back to fight for people who can't get off their asses and stop watching the same movie over and over?

When Jonah "I love wars, just not participating in them" Goldberg waxes his surfboard over how righteous his cause is, I just want to slap some shoddy body armor on him, throw him into a tin-plated vehicle, and give him the gift of an extended tour in the middle-east without the benefit of knowing when or if he's coming home.

If we did that to every supporter of this war, I can guarantee that "Bring the troops home now" would become a bi-partisan rallying cry.


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