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Generation Chickenhawk

Posted by Brian on July 20, 2007

Max Blumenthal has a hilarious video of himself walking around a college Republican convention and discovering a lot of talk-talk and very little action to back it up:

In conversations with at least twenty College Republicans about the war in Iraq, I listened as they lip-synched discredited cant about “fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here.” Many of the young GOP cadres I met described the so-called “war on terror” as nothing less than the cause of their time.

Yet when I asked these College Repulicans why they were not participating in this historical cause, they immediately went into contortions. Asthma. Bad knees from playing catcher in high school. “Medical reasons.” “It’s not for me.” These were some of the excuses College Republicans offered for why they could not fight them “over there.” Like the current Republican leaders who skipped out on Vietnam, the GOP’s next generation would rather cheerlead from the sidelines for the war in Iraq while other, less privileged young men and women fight and die.

It’s easy to support a war “over there” when you’re safely ensconced in your own little suburban, middle-class lifestyle here. Luckily for these clowns, there are enough poor and minorities in this country to do the fighting for them. Go team!

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