Dual Loyalties

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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Chickenhawk Draft Dodgeing Republicans

Lancaster Online.com: Letters to the Editor : Check their references: "Check their references

Published: May 07, 2005 11:59 PM EST

Speaking of draft dodgers, as Larry Bickel did in his intemperate letter to the editor April 24, I have no quarrel with them for avoiding war. I am opposed to war myself on at least two grounds: One, it is morally inferior; and two, it is an incredibly bad investment, except for a “lucky” few.

I do, however, have a bone to pick with draft avoiders who, from the safe position of power, hypocritically throw other people’s sons, daughters, mothers and fathers into an unjustified, unending battle of ideologies.

In Iraq, they added insult to injury by deliberately misleading soldiers about the reasons for their sacrifice, insufficiently equipping and reinforcing them, and, then, sin of sins, cutting their veterans’ benefits in the proposed federal budget.

The lineup of the current Chickenhawk Gang includes, but is not limited to, high-profile members of the Bush administration, Congress, and the media: George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Jeb Bush, John Bolton, John Ashcroft, Trent Lott, William Kristol, Michael Ledeen, George Will, Rush Limbaugh, Dick Armey, Tom DeLay, Mitch McConnell, Dennis Hastert, Roy Blunt, Karl Rove, Ari Fleischer, Andrew Card, Elliott Abrams, Pat Robertson, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes (CEO of Fox), Tedd Nugent, Jerry Falwell and Alan Keyes.

So, next time you hear the call to defend the country against terrorists in, say, Venezuela, Syria, Iran or North Korea, check the trumpeters’ references.

Jane Shull, Lancaster


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