Wednesday, July 27, 2005

A Democrat who served in Iraq runs for Congress in a Republican Stronghold in Ohio

Much to discuss on this one.

7 Thoughts:

Blogger Doug said...

My first impression is that the only way to get legitimacy in this country is to have a military background or experience. That in itself is a disturbing thought.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

I too find this disturbing, however, it has always been the case that military men get a leg up in political races (see Grant, Eisenhower, DeGaulle, etc.) in Democracies. Ironically many of these military are actually more likely to avoid war because they've seen it firsthand.

Anyhoo, I contributed $50 to his campaign.. he's getting a significant amount of traction and $$$ in the final weeks.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 11:21:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

If you feel like you want to donate.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 1:48:00 PM  
Blogger Palmer said...

Interesting that he calls Bush a "chicken hawk" yet he served under him in Iraq.

Also, he challenges the decision to invade Iraq yet he volunteered to serve over there.


Also, Grant, Eisenhower, and DeGaulle all served in wars we won. How many military men served in unsuccessful or dubious conflicts with questionable outcomes like the war in Iraq or Vietnam.

At least this cat got out of Iraq pretty quick.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 2:59:00 PM  
Blogger Palmer said...

Also, he's against a ban on assault rifles.

Dunno about this guy. Might be a left-leaning militaristic political opportunist.

Still, if he can take a symbolic seat like this one out of the RNC hopper...

Interesting stuff.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 3:06:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I'm with all these comments...I don't think this kind of "have-your-cake-and-eat-it-to" style of, for lack of a better word, triangulation, will ultimately work.

This guy rotates back to Iraq if he loses, so I read.

Caeser, too, was a military man. Yes, this is a rhetorical flourish, but I actually think the increasing militarism of our country is one of those creeping-fascist features that, well, creeps me out.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 5:33:00 PM  
Anonymous pawlr said...

From Reuters:

...Hackett has criticized Bush's decision to invade Iraq and backs intensified training for Iraqi security forces by pairing them with U.S. troops. He condemns Bush's failure to ask Americans at home to share the burdens of war, complaining about politicians who "use the war to wrap themselves in the American flag."

"You can't fight three wars, support the troops and have a tax cut. It's irrational," he said in an interview, calling the administration's approach "patriotism light." Prolonged engagements in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans have strained the economy and military, he said, and "the only people sacrificing are the ones over there."

Hell, I'd vote for him in a heartbeat.

Thursday, July 28, 2005 10:26:00 PM  

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