Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Latest Yellow Elephant: National Review's Victor Davis Hanson

Hoover Institution (Stanford University) military historian and contributor to National Review Online Victor Davis Hanson urges Americans to stay the course in Iraq. So I asked our follow-up question:

Have you, and National Review, urged Americans of suitable age to consider serving? How about those on the National Review Online staff, such as Jonah Goldberg, who appear to be under 42 (the new maximum age to enlist)? Have you encouraged those in your circle of influence to consider serving?

Rather than engage in "the war of ideas," VDH punted:

Due to the volume of email, we are unable to answer every letter point for point. All letters help the development of the website "Private Papers." We appreciate your readership and thank you for your time.

Conclusion: Victor Davis Hanson is even a Yellow Elephant when it comes to genuine debate. Perhaps the best way he can help our nation's military recruiting effort is by recruiting for the 101st Keyboarders instead.

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5 Comments:

At 13 September, 2005 15:32, Blogger Karl said...

Actually, I'd rather keep this blog on-topic.

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At 13 September, 2005 19:38, Blogger Blogenfreude said...

Karl - you are correct. This means we have to try and recruit cadsmith. He'll be sent to a 'hot spot' of a different sort.

 
At 14 September, 2005 11:41, Blogger larkohio said...

Stay the course. Where else did I hear that mantra. Must have been Vietnam.

 
At 16 September, 2005 16:21, Blogger Blogenfreude said...

Sent this to VDH today:

I read your WaPo piece with great interest. You were born in 1953 per your website - too old for the Dear Leader's war in Iraq but not for Vietnam. You state in your piece that we should not have left Vietnam as we did. But did you serve in that war? Do you have any kids you might convince to go get this thing over with? Any friends?

I see the Vietnam analogy, but I also see North Korea. Bush says if we're not with him, we must be with the terrorists. If we don't support his policies, we hate America. It's Orwellian - Iraq was our friend, until it was our enemy (you will admit that Saddam didn't start killing in 1991). Bush even got Tony Blair, who seemed so sensible, to drink the Kool-Aid.

If the poor and middle class are the only ones who fight while companies tied to Bush and Cheney contract to pick up the bodies in both Iraq and New Orleans, we won't have to worry about Iraq falling apart. We will.

Steve
Operation Yellow Elephant

 
At 18 September, 2005 12:00, Blogger Blogenfreude said...

OK - I sent the above, and received the following message, now familiar to all of us. What I want to know is, since this is obviously not an Autoreply (it was sent at about 2 am this morning. well after I sent my message on Friday), what's the big deal with answering the points I made?
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Due to the volume of email, we are unable to answer every letter point for point. All letters help the development of the website "Private Papers" (www.victorhanson.com). We appreciate your readership and thank you for
your time.

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This comes from "Private Papers"
VDH's website at www.victorhanson.com

-----Original Message-----
From: The General's Aide
Sent: Friday, September 16, 2005 12:18 PM
To: author@victorhanson.com
Subject:

I read your WaPo piece with great interest. You were born in 1953 per your website - too old for the Dear Leader's war in Iraq but not for Vietnam. You state in your piece that we should not have left Vietnam as we did. But did you serve in that war? Do you have any kids you might convince to go get this thing over with? Any friends?

I see the Vietnam analogy, but I also see North Korea. Bush says if we're not with him, we must be with the terrorists. If we don't support his policies, we hate America. It's Orwellian - Iraq was our friend, until it was our enemy (you will admit that Saddam didn't start killing in 1991). Bush even got Tony Blair, who seemed so sensible, to drink the Kool-Aid.

If the poor and middle class are the only ones who fight while companies tied to Bush and Cheney contract to pick up the bodies in both Iraq and New Orleans, we won't have to worry about Iraq falling apart. We will.

Steve
Operation Yellow Elephant

 

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