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Conservative? Uncle Sam And Uncle George Need You To Put Your Life Where Your Mouth Is!

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The news is full of reports that the Bush Administration is about to attack Iran over their nuclear program. But one has to ask — with what army?

Frequent deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan have stretched the Army and National Guard to the breaking point, and 270,000 Guard soldiers — 60 percent of the force — have already hit their limit for overseas combat. But never fear, such "quaint" service limitations on the Federal usage of State militias won't be observed by the needy Bush Administration once the midterm elections in November are completed.

In the meantime, the Army valiantly struggles to meet the demands placed upon it by a president and his top Cabinet officers who never experienced war first-hand (except for the now-departed and unlamented Vietnam veteran Colin Powell). Even though only two or three combat brigades in the entire Army – perhaps 7,000 to 10,000 troops – are fully trained and sufficiently equipped to respond quickly to crises (including responding to hurricanes and other natural disasters and deploying to Korea if conflict broke out there), and others are only about half strength, under-trained, and unequipped, they soldier on.

There is a lot of talk out of those who support the Wars For Oil, but no walk. Luckily for the Bush Administration, there are those who are attempting to ease the manpower shortages facing our military by challenging Bush supporters to enlist in the war they have to date expected others to fight.

For instance, Operation Yellow Elephant (OYE) asks a very pertinent question: It's their war. Why aren't they fighting it?

OYE reports that conservative columnist Linda Chavez wants "More Boots on the Ground" in Iraq, claiming that "If we had twice the number of troops when we first entered Iraq, we might not be fighting there today."

There is a way that war supporters can ensure that Chavez' desire for an increase in occupation forces can be realized. Recruiting year FY-2007 begins next Sunday, and the Army is looking for 80,000 good men (and most likely, good women), but somehow the allure of a military career fighting George's Crusade For Crude isn't causing military recruiters to complain about overwork!

As OYE so poignantly puts it:  "If you are an American citizen 18-41 and support the war, if you haven't visited your local Armed Forces Recruiting Center to volunteer for military service, then you're a Yellow Elephant. If you won't encourage real conservative American patriots to volunteer for military service to put More Boots on the Ground, you're just blowing smoke."

One of the most public of these Yellow Elephants is Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) (August 2005), who publicly declined to accept the opportunity to encourage his children to enlist in the military to support his party leader's campaign to dominate the world's petroleum reserves for the benefit of golf-playing SUV owners.

It's a good thing other batters are stepping up to the plate. One soldier, whose enlistment would have expired except for the invocation of stop-loss, wrote to Operation Yellow Elephant to encourage youthful conservative war supporters to enlist: 

Jeremiah Abershawe: Hey there, just finished up my second tour in Iraq. It is my last. The Army, because of manning issues, was forced to stop-loss me. The majority of my platoon was stop-lossed. We are due to leave the Army within the next 90 days. Will you be the one to take up the arms we lay down?

This experienced fighter knows better than to expect the loud mouths of the angry youthful right to rise to the defense of their government's anti-terror, pro-oil-control strategy. They aren't brave enough:

LOL! I think not. Stay at home with mommy and daddy where it's safe and your bank account is kept full!

There are other good reasons to stay home, kiddies – your mother wouldn't like it if you got killed in the War for Oil – and your leader isn't going to really care.

There is every reason to vote against the Republicans in November — the party supports a man who couldn't find oil in Texas, didn't know how to run a baseball team, couldn't win a Congressional race in a Republican district, had to have Diebold and the Supreme Court declare him president, who continued to read My Pet Goat after being notified that the nation had been attacked by Al Qaeda, and who shouldn't be conducting a brush-clearing campaign, much less a war.

Before much longer, American forces with much more modern technology will be "accomplishing" their Iraq mission longer than the Greatest Generation needed to defeat Hitler and Tojo while restarting the Depression-rusty American industrial machine.

Wasn't starting a war with an already-operational industrial base enough of a head start to defeat Saddam?

At least Bush's war-veteran father had the good grace to care about those he sent into battle, unlike his Silver-Foot-In-Mouth, Born-On-The-Base-Known-As-Third scion. War losses of any kind don't register with those who have never been directly involved themselves — yet another reason for us to encourage those who want war, but won't fight it themselves, to enlist. It's their war, or they wouldn't support others fighting it. They should be the ones to fight it. It's the patriotic thing to do.

Why should they waste all of those hours playing America's Army? Do it for real! Do it now! Uncle George Wants You!

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  • Nancy

    They shouldn’t be “encouraged”, they should be required: every GOP politician with service-age offspring should be REQUIRED to have at least one son or daughter in active duty – including & especially Bush & Cheney. I’ll bet that would bring the troops home in a hurry.

    Oh, and AL – whatcha got to say about yer hero, Romney, now? He’s just another GOP chicken little, it seems.

  • scout

    hey pess,
    I just figured out that I needed more java in order to find the commenting box.

    You know how when we were in high school, and we were kicking butt too hard on the other team? What did the teacher/coach do? He pulled the first stringers and placed the second or even the third string players.

    Now, how many Imperial bases do we have? About 1000, around the world. What do you think all of our income taxes are used for, social security? No.

    The army, is not ‘worn out,’ nor the navy, nor the air force. We have over 50,000 military in Japan alone; probably at least that much in Korea. You get the point. Imperial America has been getting ready to conquer the world since WWII, using true Boshevik tactics, but under cover of Orwellian double speak crap of democracy, women’s rights, abortion, relentlessly uncontrolled immigration, total destruction of all already weakened social institutions, and, America and Americans just love it.

    This is why there are no innocents in ideological wars. For, who teaches the innocents to hate? The civilians. And who teaches the civilians how how not to think and what to think: in our case, the corps with their grip upon the media. Without a real media, we’re toast.

    Now, the corp media wants the airhead civilian voters to believe the military is exhausted, because the civilians are exhausted. Why? Because airheads love ‘instant’ pudding, etc.

    The corps want to have the airheads voters to feel exhausted so that they will be set up for the next level of social control: frustration. For the frustration level is where the corp boys want the lowest common denominator. Then, watch out world.

  • Arch Conservative

    “They shouldn’t be “encouraged”, they should be required: every GOP politician with service-age offspring should be REQUIRED to have at least one son or daughter in active duty”

    Yeah and every left wing socialist voting Democrat and advocating higher and higher taxes to support all kinds of bullshit social welfare program should be required to give 100% of thier income and their family’s income to the government.

    Your dumbass logic works both ways now pay up!

  • http://adreamersholiday.blogspot.com Lee Richards

    Arch: When you can spell “non sequitur” and use it in a sentence, it will be a valuable addition to your vocabulary.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    So Realist, do you support a draft, or do you think that our current policy of allowing people the freedom to enlist in the military by choice is a good idea?

    It’s a trick question, but the way. If you support the first then you’re a statist warmonger. If you support the second then your entire article is hypocritical bullshit.

    Dave

  • troll

    not to worry – most asses belong to the state…by law all able bodied male citizens between 17 and 45 are already members of the ‘militia’

    all that’s lacking is a clear and present danger

  • Nancy

    Sometimes I think Israel has the right idea: they require ALL citizens to serve 2 years, unless they’re paraplegic or something equally severe & documentable – they don’t give exemptions for fat gits with zits on their butts, or people too cowardly to serve, who get 5 student exemptions & then get married to avoid service like Cheney, or who join Rich Boys’ Clubs masquerading as guard units, like Bush. IMO, if everybody was required to serve, rich & poor, with no one able to buy their way out, then the politicians might be a little more careful about taking us into unjustified wars on fake rationales. I can guarantee you, if the twin Bush Bimbos were serving & liable to be rotated out like everyone else, Junior would have thought twice before starting the war in Iraq. I would support a draft ONLY if everyone was required to serve, and there were no ways for the rich & overprivileged to get out of it, or ensure they were assigned to cushy, safe assignments for the duration.

  • Bliffle

    War is the vanity of Kings. I would certainly discourage my children from serving in a war whose only purpose is to prop up GWBs ego.

  • Nancy

    Oh, absolutely. In fact, this is not a legal war. Congress never did declare war, and they are the only government body that can do so. Another cogent reason to impeach & execute Bush for treason – and murder, reckless endangerment, and a few score other charges – as soon as possible.

  • http://jonsobel.com/ Jon Sobel

    Another cogent reason to impeach & execute Bush for treason

    Wow, Nancy – you might just be forcing me to reconsider my opposition to the death penalty!

    But as for the Yellow Elephant thing, it’s the same tactic Michael Moore tried in his 9/11 movie – challenge war-voting Congressmen to “volunteer” their kids, and it’s just grandstanding. A much more useful tactic would be to bring to the forefront a national discussion about requiring two years of national service. This could be a valuable start towards easing the polarization that’s infected our government and population.

  • Baronius

    OYE is a ridiculous site. I like the way it tacitly excuses Democratic kids from military service. Members of both parties voted for the war, even the ones who voted for it after voting against it. OYE seems to label the entire Democratic Party as unfit for service. Anyway, who says that GOP kids aren’t enlisting?

  • Donnie Marler

    If I’m not mistaken, Senator McCain’s son is either in, or recently graduated from, Marine Corps boot camp.
    Not all the son’s of the rich and powerful are avoiding service.

  • Baronius

    I don’t remember the statistics exactly, but about 30% of the Senate are veterans. The rate of military service is identical for Democratic and Republican senators. In the House, 30% of the Republicans are veterans, but only 20% of the Democrats. The source for this information was the Navy Veterans Association.

  • RedTard

    Most people in the enlisted side of the military hold conservative values and the majority vote Republican already.

    America hating liberals don’t sign up for obvious reasons.

  • Nancy

    I’m glad to hear McCain’s son is serving, and Dad didn’t try to buy him a nice, safe billet like W’s poppy did. But that’s just one out of 535 congressional families and god knows how many administration families like the Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield, Rove, & Wolfowitzes, not to mention the lesser vermin?

    Redtard – where did you hear that? Listening to the wishful thinking of Rush’s rantings again? Yeah, you go on believing his crap; it makes you happy & you don’t have to face reality or think for yourself.

  • Arch Conservative

    Nancy…….what redtard said is true.

    The majority of the military, from the brass, to new recruits, are conservative in thier social and political views and mostly vote republican. You don’t see too many left wing liberals in the military.

    it has nothing to do with “Rush’s rantings.” it’s just the way it is and anyone who knows anything at all about the military knows this is true. And if you insitst on denying it you’re the one refusing to face reality Nancy.

  • Clavos

    Nancy,

    It IS true. Very few liberals (or even Democrats) sign up for military service. Think back to your own days in the CG; how many liberal thinkers did you run into then?

  • MCH

    RedTard, ArchBing, Clavos;

    Except for these notable right-wing, conservative chickenhawks who dodged the draft during the Vietnam War…

    **Dick Cheney
    **John Ashcroft
    **Karl Rove
    **Newt Gingrich
    **Paul Wolfowitz
    **Dick Armey
    **Bill Bennett
    **Phil Gramm
    **Rush Limbaugh
    **Tom DeLay
    **Scooter Libby
    **Trent Lott

  • Clavos

    emmy,

    You really need to take a course in logic.

    Nobody said most conservatives sign up for military service. What WAS said is most people who DO sign up are conservative.

    A totally different point; therefore, your comment is…ta da…a non sequitur!

    Look it up.

  • Baronius

    MCH, the problem with cut-and-paste slander is that the people in power change over time.

    Still in prominent office:
    **Dick Cheney
    **Karl Rove

    No longer in prominent office:
    **Phil Gramm
    **Dick Armey
    **John Ashcroft
    **Newt Gingrich
    **Paul Wolfowitz
    **Bill Bennett
    **Tom DeLay
    **Trent Lott

    Never in prominent office:
    **Rush Limbaugh
    **Scooter Libby

    P.S. See post #13.

  • Arch Conservative

    MCH………You forgot to add slick willie to that list of draft dodgers. But I bet that didn’t stop you from voting for him twice huh?

  • Steve

    how could you forget slick willie? question…do they call him slick willie because of the women he has been with or because he is all talk and no walk?

  • Arch Conservative

    I call him slick willie because of all the people he and his wife have had rubbed out as they have served as the biggest stain on American politics in the last 100 years and they have not been held accountable for any of it.

  • Bliffle

    Water over the dam. Let’s deal with todays problems.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    By all means, Bliff. Let’s put all questions of ‘Bush lied’ and why we went into Iraq behind us and focus on things as they are now.

    Dave

  • Nancy

    Things as they are now, however, still actively revolve on Bush lying to take us into a war we’re still involved in, so THAT issue is not water over the dam … just yet … and won’t be until after Bush & Cheney impeached, convicted, and hanged for treason. But (to paraphrase Jet) that’s just MY fantasy.

    And actually, maybe it’s just the branch of the service, but there were quite a few liberals & Dems in the CG; actually as far as I can remember, it was about even, Dems & GOPs, both of which were, oddly enough, outnumbered by independents. The CG has its own oddities the other services do not, and near-curmudgeonly independence of politicians of all stripes used to be one of them.

  • MCH

    Baronius #20;

    I was addressing RedTard, Archie and Clavvy. Do you see the words “politician” or “political office” anywhere in comments #14, 16 and 17?

  • Baronius

    Yes, you were. No, I don’t. You’re right and I’m wrong. I hope nevertheless that you can see my point, that Bill Bennett’s war record isn’t pertinent to Realist’s argument.

  • http://operationyellowelephant.blogspot.com/ Operation Yellow Elephant

    A very large proportion of current military servicemembers self-identify as Republicans, as is their right. But the reverse is not true.

    There are a significant number of prominent Republicans who do not personally know any enlisted servicemembers or officers at Lieutenant Colonel (O-5) or below.

    Has any member of the extended Bush clan served in the GWOT in Afghanistan or Iraq? Details, please.

    Do any Members of Congress (other than Sen. McCain and a few others) personally know any enlisted servicemembers or O-5-and-below officers?

    Do any Bush Rangers (raised $200,000+) or Bush Pioneers ($100,000-$199,999) personally know any?

    Do any high-level Administration appointees, or anyone with a White House pass, or any prominent members of our governing party, personally know any?

    We’d love to publicize all the great sacrifices that the current and future leadership of our governing party are making to Support President Bush to WIN the Global War on Terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Details, please.

    We’re not letting the loyal opposition off the hook. As everyone repeats like a mantra when judicial nominations come around, our country has had elections, and the American people have chosen our governing party to run our country, giving it control of both Houses of Congress as well as the White House. President Bush has vetoed only one bill (not on our topic). It’s time for our governing party to accept responsibility for its accomplishments.

  • Nancy

    Ops Y.E. I sure hope you ain’t holdin’ yer breath waiting for the Bush-led plutocracy to belly to seeing their fair share of service & active duty support, ’cause it’s not gonna happen. The rich are among the greatest cowards and protectors of their own precious asses that ever were; they don’t serve unless cornered to do so, or unless they think it’s gonna benefit them somewhere down the road. The active nasty-duty of Kerry & McCain always surprises me, because it’s so unusual. Normally the rich only serve somewhere safe, like on some general’s staff, or at the Pentagon. Old Boy networking y’know.

  • Kate Lee

    I ran across your blog. OMG. Thank you for expressing my views.
    We put our son in the AF because he was a party guy. Thank goodness we told him to get out last year after 4 years and he was lucky to dodge getting sent to IRAQ and getting killed for GWB who would not have cared 1 iota of course. He worked in the office of Air Force 1 at Andrews AFB. He called us daily with unbelievable stories that happened there.
    Kate

  • SFC SKI

    Most servicemembers I work with are really too busy to sit around discussing politics, but I think that most uniformed service members don’t really trust politicians of either party, and they trust Democrats even less than they do Republicans. Most people don’t know anyone in uniform, so they figure we are not too bright folks with few economic prospects, or we’re deluded souls blinded by patriotism and unaware that we are fighting for Halliburton, or that we are some poor pawns. Thanks for projecting that image onto us. Mostly, we’d like commentors who support the military to remain supportive, and the people who have never served and have no clue what they are talking about to at least think before they opine.

    The military protects all civilians, the war supporters, the anti-war folks, and the indifferent. We even protect the folks who sit on their ass in comfort and do the armchair generalship.

    Heartfelt thnks to anyone who has donated goods, money, ot time to deployed servicemembers, or veterans’ organizations.

    “We put our son in the Air Force…”, something about that sentence worries me. Get a clue folks, adults volunteer to serve in the military, they are not put anywhere by their parents. Maybe the extended adolescence that American civilians seek makes the military option look like an Outward Bound adventure, for most servicemembers male and female it is a time that they finally accept their adulthood.

  • Donnie Marler

    Thank you, Ski. Well put.