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by Jim Hightower
WHY AREN'T THE BUSHES AT WAR?
George W is the kind of guy who'll gladly sacrifice your life
for his country.
Not only was he a cheerleader when he was in college at
Yale, but he also was an energetic cheerleader for the war that was raging in
Vietnam at the time. Of course, he cheered from a safe distance, using family
connections to make certain that he personally would not have to do any
Now that he's in the White House, Bush is cheerleader-in-chief
for his own war. In a recent speech designed to shore-up sagging public support
for his misadventure in Iraq, he referred to the terrible fact that nearly 2000
Americans have already died there. Of these dead troops, Bush said, "We owe them
something," by which he meant continuing the war. What a callous payback: Many
have died, so many more must die to pay tribute to those who've died. That's a
war rationale chasing its own tail.
But when he says that "we" must war
on, he certainly does not mean that any of his own family members should be
among those Americans who'll face death. Neither of his twin daughters, who are
of primo enlistment age, have signed up for what their Daddy tells others is a
"noble cause." Nor will you find any of his eight enlistment- age nieces and
nephews anywhere near his war. Apparently, the cause is not quite noble enough
for the Bushes to join it.
How ironic that the Pentagon can't recruit
enough soldiers to meet its monthly quota for Iraq – yet there are ten good
prospects in the president's own family. A White House spokeswoman responded
curtly to this curiosity: "There are many ways for people to serve their
country." Contrast the Bushes unwillingness to step forward to the example set
by Franklin Roosevelt's family – all four of his sons served admirably in World
This is Jim Hightower saying... A petition is circulating to
demand either that Bush's kids put their lives on the line... or that Bush bring
all the troops home. To sign, go to buzzflash.com.
"Questioning Bush's Sacrifice for a 'Noble Cause,'" The
Washington Post, September 1, 2005.
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This essay is herein reprinted with the author's
Posted October 05, 2005
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