the chickenhawks and some quality inter-mag bitching

23 Jul

There is nothing quite like one magazine or newspaper bitching about another. But this is more tasty than usual…


Salon’s Glenn Greenwald takes aim
at Neocon rag, The Weekly Standard.

FYI. The Standard had run a flag-waving polemic, by blogger Dean Barnett, arguing that today’s American youth are answering a calling by going to Iraq, which contrasted with the Vietnam generation who had the temerity to protest on the streets.

Greenwald highlights the fact that many of the ‘Nam baby-boomer draft-dodgers, were the same Chickenhawks who campaigned so vigorously for it. Those who, Greenwald explains, “favored the war but sent others to fight and die in it.” Indeed many of those big-mouthed wimps are the “editors and writers of the magazine in which he is writing, his blogging boss, and virtually the entire leadership of the political movement which he follows.”

Greenwald continues:

Contrary to the military heroism with which Barnett tries to cloak his political movement, it is this lowliest group — Digby’s “empty boys,” the war cheerleaders who send others to fight in their wars — which has led the country for the last six militarized years; which publishes the Weekly Standard and edits National Review and broadcasts the radio show of Barnett’s boss; which comprises virtually the entirety of the leadership of the right-wing movement; and which has been responsible for the series of liberty-abridging policies implemented, the wars the U.S. has fought, and the new ones it threatens to fight, ever since the 9/11 attacks. The political movement of which Barnett is a part and off of which The Weekly Standard feeds is led by the very group of Vietnam-era baby boomers who failed “to answer the phone” and, worse, who hid under the bed while striking poses of warrior greatness.

One of the most sickening aspects of the GWOT (and there has been many deeply vomit-inducing aspects to date), has been the way many Republicans have framed the war as an American calling, yet only a tiny fraction of Americans have paid any price whatsoever. Americans have died in Iraq, while President Bush pushes through tax-cuts at home. The cost of the Iraq misadventure will be paid, not by those who trumpet its cause, but by future generations. Where is the bravery in that?

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4 Responses to “the chickenhawks and some quality inter-mag bitching”

  1. jameshigham@mail.com July 23, 2007 at 7:37 pm #

    It’s always been the way.

  2. jameshigham@mail.com July 23, 2007 at 7:37 pm #

    It’s always been the way.

  3. aaronsheath@gmail.com July 24, 2007 at 8:54 am #

    Hello James, am I right in thinking it’s your Birthday? Happy Birthday!It has always been this way, but the article still pisses on the graves of those soldiers who laid down their lives in the jungles of Vietnam. Don’t you think?

  4. aaronsheath@gmail.com July 24, 2007 at 8:54 am #

    Hello James, am I right in thinking it’s your Birthday? Happy Birthday!It has always been this way, but the article still pisses on the graves of those soldiers who laid down their lives in the jungles of Vietnam. Don’t you think?

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