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June 09, 2005
10 Questions - 6 (Military)
6. Overextended Military. If youíre so attuned to the stressed placed on the military and the frustrations that members of the armed forces feel with the current leadership and approach, then how come more servicemembers donít vote your way? Donít you realize that all your concern over the need for diplomacy and getting others on board makes the military (and many other citizens) afraid that you wonít be willing to fight back against terrorists and others who threaten us?

Well, I could start by pointing out that the Right offers a lot of propaganda about their ability and willingness to wage war, preying on the ignorance of the average citizen about the realities of our history with war, but I won't.

I could also start by debating whether or not the rank and file of USofA soldiers were panting at the starting gate, eager and anxious to go over and single-handedly stomp all over Iraq. But I won't.

I could make a few pithy, and quite rude, remarks about elective war in the hands of amateurs, but I won't do that either.

I categorically deny that the average soldier thinks that having multiple countries assisting in this or any war is a bad idea.

I also deny that the average citizen would believe that exercising common sense is the same thing as cowardice, if the Right didn't keep telling them so.

Posted by AnneZook at 02:29 PM