Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Chickenhawks

First, the definition:

Chickenhawk n. A person enthusiastic about war, provided someone else fights it; particularly when that enthusiasm is undimmed by personal experience with war; most emphatically when that lack of experience came in spite of ample opportunity in that person’s youth.


And now, for today's news:

Karl Rove, one of Washington's most powerful and polarizing figures who has been (is?) under investigation in the leak of a CIA covert operative's name, chided Democrats for floating the idea of troop reductions in Iraq. He specifically targeted Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha.

"Like too many Democrats it strikes me they are ready to give the green light to go to war, but when it gets tough, they fall back on that party's old platform of cutting and running. They may be with you for the first few bullets but they won't be there for the last tough battles," he said.

Of course, what Rove doesn't mention is that, personally, he has never been anywhere near a battle. He managed to avoid the draft, working as a Republican campaign worker instead of serving in Vietnam.

It is loud-mouth, opinionated, self-righteous chickenhawks like Rove that really piss me off. If the safety and freedom of this country depended on people like him, we would all be speaking German or Russian by now.

And since I am on the subject, let’s take a look at who did and did not serve in the Armed Forces.