Dear Yellow Elephants
Don’t pretend you support the military. You don’t. You just support the war…. [S]ave the lectures on patriotism and who wants us to lose the war. You do. You aren’t serving. — Steve Gilliard
I wonder how many young Republicans realize that their personal decision to support the war, but stay home themselves, is stacking up to bury them under an avalanche of public contempt? Probably none of them. We criticize this Republican President as living in a bubble, but I think the pampering and attention and money and connections YRs are getting from Republican insiders is building an even thicker bubble around them.
They’ll be casualties themselves — not in the sense of joining the 1,800 dead and 13,000 wounded Americans they sent to fight for them. But they’ll discover that even their own despicable definition of “combat” has casualties. They’ll find themselves dumped, on the outside, irrelevant and shunned.
The “Yellow Elephant” meme started as a prank, but lately it seems to have touched some deeper feelings about the kind of people who get us into wars. And as soon as the Republican elites get wind of this, they’ll drop these YRs like a live grenade. They’ll be casualties without blood, without risk, and without honor.