Saturday, September 30, 2006

Real American or Yellow Elephant?

Click here. We report. You decide.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Let's Debate Yellow Elephant Geoff Smock

Thanks to all Real Americans who have mentored 19 year old Geoff Smock and encouraged him to Be A Man! Enlist!

He's finally responded. Please read the whole thing.

Money quotes:

If you disagree with an opinion that I express, or believe that I have no standing to express that opinion, then say so in a respectful and mature manner. Provide a counter-argument to my own, and I will be happy to respond in like manner. As a politically active young man, I relish any opportunity to discuss issues of national importance with those who agree with me as well as with those who do not agree with me.

OK, Geoff, here goes: If you're going to be politically active, you've gotta have a somewhat thick skin. I've reviewed all of the comments on your piece, 81 at last count, and I don't think any is over the top. Please be specific and we can discuss this further.

We're questioning how you can think that the war in Iraq is an "issue of national importance" for everyone but you. And don't worry. We're not calling you a "chickenhawk," since, by any definition, a chickenhawk is an old man and you're 19 years old.

You're a Yellow Elephant - now. But we're trying to encourage you to become a credible leader of our nation while you still can.

One need not be one of the brave and heroic men and women fighting and winning the war over there to believe that they should be given the opportunity and the time to win it, or that the ultimate sacrifice thousands of Americans have given should not be forsaken.

What do you mean by "they"? Do you personally know anyone in our military? [Not "the" military, but "our" military.] And, if you are unwilling even to consider volunteering for military service, are you not forsaking their "ultimate sacrifice" yourself?

There are many ways to serve your country; serving in the military is only one (though it is without a doubt the most noble of them). We do not have a shortage of highly-trained and highly-professional brave young men and women willing to serve in our military.

We very much disagree with you here. Our military faces serious recruiting challenges; stop-loss is only the most visible symptom of other serious problems. If you continue to insist that "we do not have a shortage . . . ," then you clearly know nothing about our military. We welcome your response.

What we do have is a shortage of leaders back home with the fortitude and willingness to let our armed forces complete the awesome job they are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Geoff, I'm sorry, I don't understand what you mean here. 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 one bill (not on our topic). Which leaders, exactly, are you talking about? Please be specific.

We very much agree with you on one thing: We do have a shortage of leaders who want to lead, and who will urge real Americans eligible to serve who support the war, such as Geoff Smock, to Be A Man! Enlist!

For those who would like to know why I have not decided to enlist, I was a sophomore in high school [in 2003?] when I made the commitment to myself to finish my education before I made a decision on which profession I would enter into. Whether that decision is to ultimately join America's professional fighting forces, or go to law school, or study history, I told myself I would finish college before I began down a specific career path.

Geoff, if the Global War on Terrorism is so important, as you say, has it prompted you to reconsider your decision? And if it hasn't done even that, why should we listen to your opinion about it?

The only development that could cause me to stray from this path is if there was a draft instituted. If called upon by my country I would gladly and enthusiastically serve without hesitation. But finishing my education is very important to me, and I hope doing so will give me the tools necessary to serve my country in the future, in whatever capacity that may be.

Geoff, we certainly agree on the value of education. If you enlisted and served the standard period, plus stop-loss, your opinion would have credibility with all of us and we would applaud your resuming your education, which would be enhanced by maturity and credibility from military service in the Global War on Terrorism.

But you clearly haven't learned one thing in your education thus far: the value of personal credibility in attracting, and retaining, respect.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

AmericaBlog's AJ joins Operation Yellow Elephant

AJ of AmericaBlog discusses President Bush and the Global War on Terrorism:

President Bush keeps telling us the Iraq is the key to the War on Terror.
. . .
He said this in a radio address he made just a few weeks ago:

The security of the civilized world depends on victory in the war on terror, and that depends on victory in Iraq.

The security of the civilized world! I'd say that's pretty important, so the President must be giving our military every possible resource to accomplish its goal, right? Even if it involves calling for sacrifice . . . or simply publicly asking Americans to join the military?

We agree with AJ. It's time for President Bush to urge real Americans, healthy heterosexuals 41 and under all, who support the war to volunteer for military service in the GWOT, even if they plan other careers later in life.

Be A Man! Enlist!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

OYE 105: Chickenhawk or Yellow Elephant?

Chickenhawk - Someone too old to serve who supports the war who chose not to serve in the military when he was younger (and therefore eligible). Since the maximum age is 41-and-under and Fox News Radio personality (and military groupie) Brian Kilmeade is 42, he's a chickenhawk and thus off-topic for this blog.

Yellow Elephant - Someone eligible to serve who supports the war as long as someone else fights it. Yellow Elephants can still change their minds and Be A Man! Enlist! Hence this blog.

Hat tip to This Modern World.

How Country Clubs can Support Military Recruiting

Attention Country Clubs:

Even if your members and their families and circles of influence have zero intention of volunteering for military service, you can still support our nation's military recruiting effort to help WIN the Global War on Terrorism.

Since our military is 85% male, so are most military recruiters. They're usually in their 20s or early 30s, working hard and putting in very long hours, but away from the camaraderie of the traditional military environment. For legitimate reasons, military regulations ban any contact between recruiters and prospective recruits that is not required by the recruiting mission. Especially in the Global War on Terrorism, all of these factors combine to deprive these fine young men of appropriate opportunities for social contact.

That's where country clubs come in. Since virtually nobody there would even consider military service, social contacts in this context have absolutely nothing to do with the recruiting mission. So, when you hold events for young adults also in their 20s and early 30s, please consider inviting military recruiters to attend as social guests.

Let them know up front that they won't find any prospects there (so they won't waste their work time) and be prepared for the mission to make them cancel at the last minute. Even if they can't attend, however, they'll certainly appreciate the invitation.

Thank you very much.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Real Americans Encourage Young Conservative Geoff Smock: Be A Man! Enlist!

Join many other Real Americans in encouraging The Young Conservative's Geoff Smock, author of Win This War, to Be A Man! Enlist! All this since our posting yesterday.

Click here to leave a comment on his blog. Then scroll down.

Click here to send him an e-mail.

Here's how other Real Americans have mentored this young man (excerpts):

Carl Ballard: So you'll be signing up? Or have you lost the will to win?


Talk is cheap, 12th man: wearing the uniform or waving the flag doesn't make you part of the team. If you really mean what you say, sign up to fight this war.

What makes you more important than the men and women who have already signed up and shown up with more than clapping and cheering?

If you really think it's worth fighting, then go fight it.

Doug: Hey Geoff, Great stuff! So which branch of the service did you volunteer to serve with?

Warmongering Chickenhawk-

Hi Geoff,

I, like you, am a cheerleader of this unending war which is basically only benefitting the military corporations and oil companies which we all know are heavily invested in by us patriotic GOPers.

I, like you and our fearless leaders, who cheerlead for unending conflict have 'other priorities' than to actually join the battles that are so vital to my 'freedoms' which incidentally I will have to give up to preserve.


Cat got your tongue, tuff stuff?

You gonna let these girly-men rib you about being too chickenhawk to enlist?

BeenThereDoneThat: Join up or shut up, asswipe. And by the way, your writing style sucks too.

avenge: 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?

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

Operation Yellow Elephant also Welcomes Jeremiah Abershawe Home from Iraq. We thank you for your service to our country, extended by stop-loss, and will continue to do everything we can to ensure that our military has the high-quality, motivated recruits it needs to fight and win the Global War on Terrorism.

Military Recruiting Lead: Evan Sayet at George Washington University, Washington, DC

Attention Military Recruiters:

Operation Yellow Elephant salutes conservative comedian Evan Sayet, who strongly Supports Our Troops. Money quote from the Washington Times:

Rally on Mall Supports Troops

Backers of the war on terrorism rallied on the Mall yesterday for the second annual Support the Troops and Their Mission Weekend in Washington.

A crowd estimated at between 70 and 100 people waved U.S. and military flags as they listened to speeches by family members of soldiers and representatives of groups such as, the sponsor of the rally; Project 21; and Military Families Voice of Victory.
. . .
Evan Sayet, a comedian and political commentator, said he was a liberal until he witnessed their reaction to September 11, which he said ultimately showed their disloyalty to the country when they railed against the war.

"The left rejects fact, reason and logic as an act of bigotry," he said. "How do they think they're making a better world by siding wholly with evil over good, wrong over right, and the behaviors that lead to failure over those that lead to success?"

Mr. Sayet told us he's not eligible to serve, but does what he can to Support Our Troops (for which we thank him), including the following:

I have taken off literally a month at a time to entertain the troops at home and abroad, I contribute a percentage of my shows to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, have been honored by the California National Guard for my works on their behalf and, perhaps most importantly, speak publicly, loudly and often on behalf of this great nation, this great President and the great men and women of America's armed services.

Mr. Sayet's very pro-America conservative comedy show, "The Right to Laugh," makes its Washington D.C. debut Monday-Wednesday, September 25-27, at George Washington University's Betts Auditorium. Tickets start at $50 (on because it's a benefit for the GWU College Republicans -- a vital force for reason - and military recruitment - on college campuses. We're certain the GWU CRs will welcome - and comp - all recruiters.

So, what does this event have to do with military recruiting?

Everything. Recruiting year FY-2007 begins next Sunday and our Army must enlist an additional 80,000 new soldiers. We're certain that Mr. Sayet can inspire all those healthy heterosexual young people organized by the GWU College Republicans to Be A Man! Enlist! It's far more patriotic than opening a tanning salon. Plus, I'm sure he'll get some good laughs.

Just mention Operation Yellow Elephant.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Encourage The Young Conservative's Geoff Smock: Be A Man! Enlist!

Here's what Geoff Smock (photo, right) of The Young Conservative says in Win This War:

As we remember those Americans lost on this day five years ago it is important to remember the best manner through which we can honor them: remaining steadfast in our effort to fight and win the war of which they were the first casualties.

As trying and painful a war it is to wage, and as much as we may all wish it to be over, we have no other choice left to us but to fight it as hard and as vigorously as it takes, for as long as it takes. The security and well-being of not only this generation, but of generations still unborn, depends upon our willingness to fight and defeat the enemies of democratic civilization today and into the future.

Our fathers and grandfathers accepted this responsibility and confronted these enemies when their age demanded it. Should ours be the generation to forsake their sacrifice and surrender that which they fought and died for on the sands of Iwo Jima and Normandy? Shall ours be the first generation to decline the duty to secure for our children the blessings of peace, security, and liberty?

The thousands of brave and heroic men and women now serving in the armed forces have answered this in the negative. They have and continue to answer the calling of their age. May those whom they serve and sacrifice for at home, and those who lead them more importantly, render the identical answer.

This war is a fight we can and will win, so long as we maintain the will to win it.

OK, Geoff, what exactly do you mean by "We" and "Our"?

According to your profile, you're 19 years old. Will you Be A Man! Enlist!?

Note: We're responding directly to your blog, so no advance notice is required.

FY-2006 Total: 80,000 and What?

Our Army has no incentive to, and therefore will not, exceed the current recruiting quota by more than a handful. As of today, military recruiters should start early on next year's quota by saving current prospects for October.

We see only two exceptions: Recruits born in late September 1964 (about to turn 42 and become ineligible due to age) and recruits counted in individual recruiters' September quotas.

We sincerely doubt that the final number will exceed 81,000; it will likely be less than 80,500.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Army Enlists 80,000th Recruit Eight Days Early

Army Secretary Francis Harvey ceremonially enlisted this year's 80,000th recruit, Ms. Shirley Salvi, age 23, a graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey, at the world-famous Times Square Armed Forces Recruiting Center. Specialist Salvi reports to basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and will receive language training before assignment as a Signals Intelligence Analyst or Cryptologic Linguish. She received a $20,000 enlistment bonus for her bachelor's degree and five-year enlistment period.

Operation Yellow Elephant salutes Specialist Salvi and the other 79,999 FY-2006 recruits for their service to our nation and wishes them all the best.

OYE 104: What All Bush/War Supporters Must Do!

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.

Even if you know you're not eligible to serve in the military, stop by anyway. At this point, recruiters have enough time on their hands to tell any American citizen in that age group who wants to volunteer whether he/she qualifies for enlistment. You don't need to fill out any paperwork. Just tell them why you think you're not eligible. If you're mistaken, they'll start the process to confirm that you have the courage of your convictions.

If the recruiter confirms that you are not eligible, get the recruiter's card and note date, time, location and exact reason.

Then ask the recruiters what you can do to help. Do what they tell you. And keep on doing it.

Only then are you off the hook with Operation Yellow Elephant.
Not before.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Draft Jenna?

Yellow Elephants even in the 'War' of Ideas

Here's the latest from Hans Zeiger of WorldNetDaily (AKA WingNutDaily) via our friends at of Washington State:

"The war against this enemy is more than a military conflict. It is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century and the calling of our generation." These are the words of President Bush on Sept. 11, five years after the attacks. If baby boomers doubt that this present war is the calling of their generation, the children of the boomers – at least the rising leaders among them – have little doubt that it is theirs.

On the eve of Sept. 11, 2006, nearly 150 Hillsdale College students gathered for a candlelight vigil on the campus quad in front of Central Hall. I expected perhaps a few dozen students to take time out of an already busy evening on campus for the occasion. But they kept coming, picking up candles, forming into the solemn huddle.

Zeiger goes on to mention two female Hillsdale students; one's brother is going to Iraq, the other's boyfriend, also a Hillsdale student, seems like one of the Marine reservists called up.

This, out of a crowd of 150? Hel-lo!

So what does this have to do with Well, it appears that they've wimped out. They're even Yellow Elephants in the 'War' of Ideas.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

How Real Americans Support Our Troops!

Operation Yellow Elephant salutes the Maine Troop Greeters and the real Americans of Bangor, Maine, and nearby communities.

This nonpartisan grass roots citizens initiative to Support Our Troops organizes local citizens to go out to Bangor Airport in the middle of the night to meet all military flights passing through. They wish the outgoing troops Good Luck and Godspeed and they Welcome the returning troops Back Home to America. And they really appreciate it.

“Thank you for your service,” one man said to a soldier while shaking his hand. “Welcome to Maine,” another greeter said.

“I think I’m going to cry,” a female soldier said after being hugged and cheered in the terminal.

Lt. Col. Eric Shalita, 43, used a cellphone and got some free food, helping himself to a powdered donut after calling his wife and two daughters at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. “It was amazing,” Colonel Shalita said. “We were completely not expecting this.”

“It’s nice to know that people genuinely support us,” he added.

Staff Sgt. Stanley Siaosi, 26, was tired from the trip and missed his wife and children, who live at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Sergeant Siaosi said the greeting made him resolute about his mission.

“This is really motivating for us to go out there and do our job,” he said. “You come here on the other side of the U.S., and there are greeters there ready to shake your hand. It gives you that patriotic feeling.”

“This is really good for the young kids,” Chaplain Jeff Neuberger, 56, said as he motioned to a room filled with baby-faced soldiers. “It’s one little gesture, but the support means everything to these guys and gals.”

[And we certainly hope they assume that anyone old enough to die for his or her country is old enough to have a beer.]

Thank you, Bangor and the Great State of Maine!

Why Real Americans Oppose Torture

Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) strongly supports President Bush's proposed rules for the interrogation of terrorism suspects, which many distinguished real Americans, including Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and former Secretaries of State General (ret.) Colin L. Powell and George P. Shultz, strongly oppose. Money quote:

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, widely seen as a leading competitor for McCain's centrist appeal, has forcefully endorsed Bush's position.

"I am foursquare behind President Bush," Romney said in an interview. "Sen. McCain's position is mistaken on this issue."

Here's another money quote from Gov. Romney (August 2005):

"No, I have not urged my own children to enlist. I don't know the status of my childrens' potentially enlisting in the Guard and Reserve," Romney said, his voice tinged with anger.

Massachusetts residents can enlist in the National Guard up to age 39 (now 41). Romney's five sons range in age from 24 to 35. Neither the Romney children nor the governor have served in the military, Romney spokeswoman Julie Teer said.

The American people support the Geneva Conventions and oppose torture to protect our troops when they go into harm's way. We know that what goes around, comes around.

If winning the Global War on Terrorism and enacting President Bush's proposals are so important to America, Governor Romney would enhance his own credibility with the American people by accepting personal responsibility for his decisions. He won't.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Right-To-Serve's Justin Hager, a Credible Republican and Real American Patriot

Operation Yellow Elephant salutes Mr. Justin Hager (above, right), who demonstrated his courage, credibility and patriotism August 30 by visiting the Armed Forces Recruiting Center at 1781 Thierer Road on the East Side of Madison, Wisconsin, to volunteer for military service.

Money quote from the New York Times:

“Don’t judge me because of my sexuality,” said one of the three, Justin Hager, 20, a self-described Republican from a military family who has “a driving desire to join” the armed forces. “Judge me because of my character and drive.”

We also salute his colleagues John Alaniz (left) and Derek House (center), who did the same. However, thanks to our governing party's continued support of the Clinton Administration's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, despite their excellent qualifications, military recruiters turned them down.

Do we really want to WIN the Global War on Terrorism?

Think about it.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Will Linda Chavez Join Operation Yellow Elephant?

Conservative columnist Linda Chavez wants "More Boots on the Ground" in Iraq, and the Washington Times printed it Sept. 15. Money quotes:

It's not enough to move a finite number of American troops around from one hot spot to another. What we need is more boots on the ground. If we had twice the number of troops when we first entered Iraq, we might not be fighting there today.
. . .
It is long past time to quit arguing whether we should have gone into Iraq.
. . .
More American troops in Iraq might mean more American casualties. But we cannot fight wars if we are unwilling to assume the risk of American deaths.

Ms. Chavez-

What do you mean, "we"?

Will you join Operation Yellow Elephant and urge President Bush's strongest supporters, healthy heterosexuals 41 and under, to Be A Man! Enlist!

Do you agree with your commenters who suggest enlisting illegal aliens? [scroll down]

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.

Unclaimed Territory - by Glenn Greenwald: Bush followers distort history to justify their radical changes

John Yoo Full of It

Saturday, September 16, 2006

"Reinforce Baghdad" with College and Young Republicans!

Two pro-war neocons, Weekly Standard editor William Kristol and National Review editor Rich Lowry, urged President Bush to send more American troops to Baghdad:

We are at a crucial moment in Iraq. Supporters of the war, like us, have in the past differed over tactics. But at this urgent pass, there can be no doubt that we need to stop the downward slide in Iraq by securing Baghdad. There is no mystery as to what can make the crucial difference in the battle of Baghdad: American troops.

Mr. Lawrence J. Korb (former Reagan-era Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Installations and Logistics) and Peter Ogden of the Center for American Progress said it's just not possible. [No money quote; click here to read the whole thing.] But Lowry betrayed his own chickenhawk/Yellow Elephant roots in his response, aptly labeled "Troop Nonsense" [seriously]:

Korb: Already, the stress of Iraq and Afghanistan on our soldiers has been significant: Every available active-duty combat brigade has served at least one tour in Iraq or Afghanistan, and many have served two or three.

Lowry: This speaks to a strain, no doubt. But just because a combat brigade has served once in Iraq or Afghanistan, it doesn’t mean that it can’t go back. The same is true for brigades that have been there more than once. This is a hardship, but I’m guessing if you asked most soldiers if they’d rather avoid the strain, or win in Iraq, they’d take the strain and the victory. (Which is just one of the reasons why they are so amazing.)

[Lowry obviously doesn't know any soldiers. If he did, he'd have said "our soldiers." And, he would have understood the deployment cycle: At best, a unit can only be in the field a third of the time. This was also a problem in the Clinton Administration.]

There is one thing that both Kristol and Lowry can do, right now, to add credibility to their article: Write editorials in their magazines supporting Operation Yellow Elephant in urging all healthy heterosexual Americans 41 and under who support the war to volunteer for military service.

If they won't do even that, then they're just blowing smoke.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Has Anthony Mantova Ever Even Shared a Shower?

Operation Yellow Elephant salutes Soulforce's Right to Serve campaign, another nonpartisan grass roots citizens initiative to Support Our President to WIN the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) by encouraging well qualified and motivated Real Americans to volunteer for military service. Thanks to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, a legacy from the previous Administration that President Bush and our governing party strongly support, however, military recruiters are actually turning away all non-heterosexuals who volunteer for military service.

If the College and Young Republicans, and Anthony Mantova, still refuse even to consider volunteering for military service, the least they could do is support Real Americans' efforts to encourage our Congress, which our governing party (their party) controls, to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Resolutions at next year's Young Republicans National Convention and the College Republicans National Convention (can someone find out when/where? Click here) would be a worthwhile first step.

Here's an awesome quote from Detroit News columnist Deb Price:

Take, for example, Rachel Powell, age 20, who is juggling college classes in Louisiana and working at a medical clinic: She has been out since 17 and recently celebrated her first anniversary with partner Emily.

But while Marine recruiters said they couldn't take her, the vast majority of her peers support her right to serve: 18- to 29-year-olds -- recruitment-age youth who actually would be in the showers and foxholes -- favor allowing gays to serve openly by 72-23 percent, according to a Pew Research Center poll released in March.

Let's face it: We know that Anthony Mantova has never shared a foxhole. Has he ever even shared a shower?


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

August 2006 Recruiting Statistics

The Pentagon announced September 8 that all services' active-duty components met their August recruiting goals, as did five (as a practical matter) of the six reserve components. The Army Reserve got 62%.

Although The Pentagon repeated the same nonsense as before regarding the 1999 (i.e., Clinton Administration) fact sheet on who "is" [sic] volunteering for the military, they neglected to include the link. Good.

Operation Yellow Elephant takes full credit for this development, and we repeat our challenge:

We've been fighting the Global War on Terrorism for almost five years now. Can't somebody do an update of current recruits' demographics? Doesn't the Bush 43 Administration want to show real Americans who's volunteering for military service now?

Or does it depend on what the meaning of "is" is?

Monday, September 11, 2006

Calendar Check: Young Republicans National Convention, Hollywood, FL, July 4-8 2007

Attention Military Recruiters:

The Young Republicans National Convention takes place July 4-8 2007 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. You'll find crowds of well qualified and eligible (healthy heterosexuals 41 and under) patriots from all over America who strongly support President Bush in fighting to WIN the Global War on Terrorism.

You should have no problem signing up many future leaders of our governing party who want to ensure that they have personal leadership credibility with the American people. Perhaps the Florida palm trees will prompt the Young Republicans to think of our Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Sailors in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

If the Young Republicans really want to Support Our Troops in the most effective way, they'll become inspired to join them in this effort. That's where you come in.

Operation Yellow Elephant is seeking to become an official sponsor of this event. We are also seeking to donate a booth at the convention which will be available to all military recruiters who wish to use it.

OYE Warning Order: The Sands of Iraq? No Way! Young Republicans Have Volunteered for the Beaches of South Florida! [Seriously.]

Attention Real Americans!

The next Young Republicans National Convention takes place July 4-8 2007 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. We're counting on lots of Real Americans to be there to encourage the future leaders of our governing party to volunteer for military service to help President Bush to WIN the Global War on Terrorism.

We're counting on all of you to participate, in any way you can. You can register for the convention by clicking here. Sponsors click here.

No matter what happens in November, our servicemembers will still be fighting the GWOT in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere and will still need your support. Thank you!

Here's a great read. Seriously.

via Steve Gilliard. Click here. Seriously.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

How our Army is Meeting its 2006 Recruiting Quota

While our Army is expected to meet its quota of 80,000 for the recruiting (fiscal) year ending September 30, they are making some compromises according to the Pentagon's own standards:

High school diploma: 81.2% (through August 2006), vs. Pentagon standard of 90%. Lowest since 1981 (80%).

AFQT Score above 50th percentile: 61%, exceeding (and therefore meeting) Pentagon standard of 60%. However, it's the lowest since 1985.

Cat IV recruits: 3.7% of the current cohort, below (and therefore meeting) maximum Pentagon standard of 4% which was recently doubled from 2%.

Waivers have increased, but there are further refinements to the process that make the numbers not directly comparable. These include looking at heavier, athletic recruits not as overweight but as strong soldiers, by doing a 15-minute stair-climbing test and 15 push-ups. The Army is also seeking to identify good soldiers within the larger cohorts they have traditionally sought to screen out. All of these developments are helpful and should be applauded.

Only one quarter of the primary cohort (age 17-24), or 4.6 million people, are even eligible to join the military. The rest are ineligible due to criminal, drug and medical problems, including 25% obesity. I guess this includes former College Republican National Committee (CRNC) Treasurer Chris Tiedeman and CRNC Chair Paul Gourley. Click here. And here.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Can the U.S. Army Enlist All the Yellow Elephants?

The U.S. Army's recruiting quota for the fiscal year ending September 30 is 80,000 new recruits. If, after one of President Bush's speeches, thousands of Young Republicans lined up at recruiting stations, could the Army enlist them all immediately? While the Army can exceed its recruiting quota, it's still an easy question that has no simple answer.

If Adam's Blog is correct, and all the estimated 23 million American healthy heterosexuals between 17 and 41 who support the war tried to enlist at once, the Army would first become more selective, and thank the less qualified for their patriotism (and for having the guts to contact a recruiter), but let them off the hook. They would also sign enlistment contracts now to report to basic training in the next fiscal year. Force management can be complicated since Congress has limited the size of the Army overall as well as the number of soldiers at different ranks.

If the American people really want to Support President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to WIN the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), as a first step, we'd be happy if our great nation could at least exceed the quota by one one-thousandth (or one tenth of one percent or multiply by 0.001) of the target population, or an extra 23,000 recruits. Including, of course, the rich and famous and the well-connected future leaders of our governing party seeking to set a good example for the rest of us.

OK, Adam, how 'bout you?

Thursday, September 07, 2006

OYE 103: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures

Here's how Operation Yellow Elephant works:

We invite all real Americans concerned about the future of our nation in fighting and Winning the Global War on Terrorism to join Operation Yellow Elephant. If you encounter someone apparently eligible to serve (healthy heterosexuals, especially men, 41 and under) who supports the war, please encourage him to consider volunteering for military service. Please take the initiative and Ask The Question and say, "Be A Man! Enlist!"

Ask those not eligible to serve who support the war to encourage their relatives and friends, their circles of influence, to consider volunteering. You don't have to tell us anything or even give us credit, though both are welcome. America comes first!

Everything we do is based on the public record. This includes not only public statements to the media, but also organizations, and their officers, that have chosen to publicize themselves on the Internet. Individual members of organizations have the right of privacy, but publicly acknowledged officers of publicly acknowledged organizations are, let's face it, public.

We respect the personal privacy of our subjects. We don't use personal information (home addresses, home phone numbers, etc.) but we freely use official-type contact information which our subjects have chosen to share with the public. [It's always a good idea for public figures to establish separate e-mail addresses for their public personas. Mine is operationyellowelephant -at - gmail [dot] com; if you'd like a no-strings-attached gmail invitation, please let me know.]

We seek to contact our subjects at their offices (or equivalent). With the possible exception of an initial communication seeking office contact information, we leave them alone at home. We send at least two separate e-mails Asking The Question and seeking comment, for publication or not, before posting anything.

We will promptly correct any errors, and apologize or explain when appropriate. When a subject requests that we remove an e-mail address from our blog, we have complied. [The American people remain free to look up such e-mail addresses by themselves.]

We urge our members and supporters to engage in civil discussion of our topic, including in their direct communications with our subjects. Our Founding Fathers endorsed robust, uninhibited debate on public issues. Operation Yellow Elephant welcomes and proudly participates in this great American tradition.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Dialogue with

We welcome Patrick of of Washington State to our discussion. One set of money quotes:

Look, Bush has stuck with Iraq. He has to talk about it and what would happen if troops were re-deployed. He openly acknowledged in his speech today that his critics aren't un-patriotic or "appeasers" and that they're mostly decent people--but their dead wrong in their support for an immediate pull-out.

I don't know what more you want to hear from the President, but in terms of being concerned about the war effort--I'm right there with you. I think we're closer to failure than we've ever been, and that makes the road ahead even tougher.

And here's what we want to hear from the President:

I urge all real Americans eligible to serve (healthy heterosexuals 41 and under) to consider volunteering for military service in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), even if you plan other careers later in life. Your country needs you now.

And I've also decided that the Clinton Administration "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy actually hurts our military readiness. I am therefore asking Congress to repeal it without further delay.

If President Bush really wants to WIN the GWOT, he can at least say - and mean - these two things. And he can say the first before the College and Young Republicans - let leaders lead!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Arizona State Rep. Jonathan Paton: A Credible National Leader for America

Operation Yellow Elephant salutes Arizona State Rep Jonathan L. Paton (R, District 30), age 35, a First Lieutenant and intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, who volunteered to serve in Iraq even though he faces a Primary Election September 12, five days after he reports to Fort Benning, GA, for training and deployment.

Money quotes from the NY Times:

Mr. Paton said he did not want his status as an elected official to excuse him from combat, something instructors in a training program he attended last year suggested would happen. He decided that his full-throated support of the war would seem contradictory if he was not willing to serve.

"I had to put my money where my mouth is," said Mr. Paton, who first asked to go last year, after a stateside active-duty deployment, and received word in late July that he would.

Operation Yellow Elephant salutes Rep. Paton as an excellent example of credible national leadership. We join his constituents in wishing him all the best for his deployment and for his safe return home.

Thanks also to Wonkette.

Opting Out of WWIII

Rep. Tom Tancredo
US House of Representatives

Dear Rep. Tancredo,

Although you're best known for being the nation's foremost advocate of expanding the war to include the brown people to our South and their cousins who've infiltrated our border over the last 500 years, you're also the only congressman who's called for the bombing of Mecca. Your war credentials are impeccable.

That's why I was so disappointed to learn that so many of your neighbors and constituents in Douglas County, one of the reddest counties in Colorado, are refusing to allow military recruiters to talk to their children. Indeed, last year, over half, 55%, of the parents of juniors in Douglas County schools opted out of allowing military recruiters to contact their kids.

That's a failure of leadership, and I think you're to blame you for it. Just take a look at your campaign web site. The word "Iraq" appears nowhere. If I didn't know better, I'd think you're ashamed of your support for the war.

Congressman, it's time for you to lead. Get out there on the campaign trail and demand that your constituents, the fine Republicans of Douglas County, invite recruiters into their homes. As one of the Congressmen who fought the hardest to send our troops to Iraq, it's your duty. Don't shirk it.

Heterosexually yours,

Gen. JC Christian, patriot

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Yellow Elephant Seniors or Parents? Say It Ain't So!

Here's something new.

Colorado high schools routinely provide information about soon-to-graduate students to military recruiters, but students (or their parents) can "opt-out" so that the recruiters cannot contact them.

Well, thanks to News Clues, it appears that the Colorado counties with the highest "opt-out" rates overwhelmingly support our governing party.

Do they want President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to lose the GWOT? Well, is there any reason why we should not draw this conclusion?

Do the Yellow Elephants want President Bush to lose the GWOT?

Operation Yellow Elephant thanks Patrick Bell of Seattle for encouraging further discussion of Anthony Mantova. Check out this blog.

Operation Yellow Elephant has a very narrow focus, outlined in OYE 101 and OYE 102. We focus exclusively on encouraging those eligible to serve who support the war to consider volunteering for military service, and those not personally eligible to serve who support the war to encourage their eligible relatives and friends, their circles of influence, to consider serving. Results of those deliberations are relevant to public discussions of their opinions on the war. If everyone eligible to serve who supports the war contacted military recruiters, our current military recruiting problems would be solved.

Anyone is free to start another blog encouraging those urging international (i.e., U.S. military) intervention in Darfur, Sudan, etc., also to consider volunteering for military service, etc. [We did warn Darfur intervention supporters that they may legitimately be called upon for this.] However, this is off-topic for this blog. So is law enforcement in the U.S.

As our governing party always reminds us when the President makes judicial nominations, over the past several years, our great nation has held elections, and the American people have thus 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 one bill (not on our topic). It is our governing party, not the loyal opposition, that sought, and received from the American people, the national leadership responsibility to set a good example for the rest of us. We think that the American people should give our governing party full credit for all of its accomplishments.

While we welcome our critical commenters, at least some of their motivation must be tacit recognition that we are right and that the future leaders of our governing party are not Supporting President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and, indeed, America, to Win the GWOT. They are ashamed of this fact. Rather than joining us in encouraging the likes of Anthony Mantova to Be A Man! Enlist!, they either attack our patriotism or try to spin the discussion away from Winning the GWOT.

If we really wanted President Bush and Secretary Rumsfeld and, indeed, America, to fail, we would shut up and let them.

If you want us to shut up, does that mean you want them to fail?

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Eureka [CA] Yellow Elephant prompts Robust, Uninhibited Debate

Wow. 'Talk about ignoring free publicity. Here's the latest from the Eureka Reporter:

At one time, kings led their armies into battle, fought and died alongside their warriors. Maybe it’s time to bring back an updated version of this policy. For example, any member of the administration or Congress who subscribes to a preemptive war should be prepared to fight on the front lines of that war. If they are too old for military service, then they have to designate a close relative, such as a son or a daughter, in their place. [OYE comment: Or that of a major campaign contributor.] One has to wonder how readily Bush would have declared war on Iraq if he knew that one of his daughters or nephews had to serve on the front line.

Rae Hepburn

Is Anthony Mantova a Yellow Elephant even in the War of Ideas? Stay tuned.

Hat tip to the Eureka Reporter's letters page.


Friday, September 01, 2006

Yellow Elephant Fears Water-Balloons [Seriously!]

This is not a snark. According to the Hillsdale campus newspaper, Anthony Mantova of the 'Leadership' Institute actually called police when he was water-ballooned. Seriously.

Key details:

Outside Simpson Hall on Tuesday night, September 12, 2002, Anthony Mantova looked up from his drenched shorts to see a car speeding away down the road. He had been waterballooned.

“I looked up, and they hit the gas,” Mantova said. “It was a real shock.”

Mantova and Dan Himebaugh were walking to the side doors of their dorm when three or four teenage boys pulled up to the sidewalk in a small gray car and threw a waterballon at Mantova, he said. The balloon struck him on the hip, drenching his shorts.Mantova said he was surprised but not angry. “Their laughter was very clear,” Mantova said. “I wasn’t mad, though. At least it wasn’t a rock.”

He said he was afraid the balloon was filled with beer or bleach. He hurried to his room for a shower, though the substance turned out to be only water. Mantova and Himebaugh then reported the incident to house director Sharon Wiley, but there was no investigation because they could not identify either the young men or the car.

Concerned the balloon might be connected with the earlier, more violent incident where students were accosted and assaulted by young men in a car, Mantova and Himebaugh said they expressed concern the young men would attack again. While there proved to be no connection to the earlier events, two nights later another waterballoon attack occurred. Six young males were seen by Hillsdale campus security in a van in front of Mauck Hall throwing water balloons at students passing in front of the dorm. The balloons missed the students.

Security followed the van to the Jonesville Wal-Mart where they detained the teenagers until the Jonesville Police arrived. “We got their license plate number, and we had them blocked in,” said Gary Hite, assistant director of security. “They knew they’d been had, and they were scared—big time.” Not as scared as Anthony Mantova, apparently.

The Jonesville Police responded to phone calls from Hillsdale College security and took over the situation. “I confronted the van load of kids, and they admitted to throwing the balloons,” Jonesville Police Officer Chris Rosser said. “I gave them a stern warning about this kind of activity and made them get rid of the rest of the balloons.” No charges were pressed and the juveniles were released into the custody their parents.

Hillsdale College

This conservative Christian school is well known among real Americans for its integrity - NOT! In 2000, its President, George Roche III, shocked [but did not surprise] the school by divorcing his wife of 44 years, who had cancer, and remarrying five months later. He also had a long-term affair with his daughter-in-law, Lissa Roche, who committed suicide. You can read all the sordid details here. At least President Roche had the decency to resign and deserves credit for that decision. In his resignation letter, he acknowledged, "We have proved that integrity, values and courage can still triumph in a corrupt world. Hillsdale College is a monument to those beliefs."

I guess that Anthony Mantova learned Hillsdale's lessons about "integrity, values, courage" and personal responsibility a little too well. But I haven't given up on him yet. I still think that military service might help him to find his strength. Starting with a fear of water balloons, he can only go up.