As the son of a former administration official, who had influence over foreign policy, a foreign policy that entailed sending troops hither and yon (and also against Iraq which provided minor justification for our current presence), that he himself may feel some obligation as to military service.
Specifically about the Max Blumenthal piece, it was nice that was termed it “generation chickenhawk,” which must include everyone in non-partisan fashion. I’m not up on his own biography, but his wikipedia page didn’t list any military service. That is rather surprising to me as his father did have influence over Clinton’s foreign policy, which did involve sending troops hither and yon. It’s reasonable to think that the son of such a person may feel some obligation to enlist in the military, particularly if they are making such arguments of current administration officials.
Where does this moral superiority come from exactly? The understanding is that one gains such moral authority from military service. And this is what made John Kerry as attractive as he was to those on the left. Moreover, if one is a public official there are extra points to be gained by having sons or daughters in the military. If military service, with emphasis on service, and also the extent to which loved ones are also involved in the Iraq conflict is the barometer by which moral authority is to be bequeathed and judged, then doesn’t John McCain stand head and shoulders above the rest? It doesn’t work that way apparently because with McCain, for all his service to this country, and also that of his son, his strong beliefs on the necessity of winning the Iraq War and our continued involvement is casually dismissed. If moral authoriy were truly judged by service then this man should be the Messiah.
That isn’t to say that there isn’t a relevant point to it. A person shouldn’t be writing checks that their body can’t cash (hat tip: Top Gun). There isn’t much to say beyond that to my way of thinking.
The professor makes their political views plain to the students, are you as a student going to take the chance to make your political views plain to the professor?
That belief that we on the right are unaware of the war going on, is wrong. We are not in any sense aloof from it. Amongst my Republican friends here we are quite aware of those of us who have served and come back, those of us who have not come back, and those of us who are about to leave. Myself, I have a good friend leaving in August for Iraq (a former College Repulican Club Chairwoman no less), and I try to put things out of my mind.
For a short while I thought that might be a good thing. And I had every intention of going to a protest of a Bush appearance in Massachusetts in 2002. I walked to the location and was met with what looked like a circus. Don’t think I’m exagerating this point, there was a guy juggling something or other and another guy riding around on a unicicle. It was a Circus. And so I left.
Of people I knew in the UMass Boston College Republicans, there was a direct link to the military for almost every member. Either members themselves had served, were serving, or had a family member that was in the service. Myself, I was the odd man out in the group. I had the previous year to joining the CRs tried to join military, but didn’t pass the physical. And I didn’t have any immediate family members in the military. Am I supposed to apologize to Max Blumenthal for that?