Tuesday, December 19, 2006

People Magazine Joins Operation Yellow Elephant!

Yes, so much for lazy, corporate MainStream Media, it took People Magazine to Ask The Question of President Bush:

PEOPLE: This year, we invited readers on our Web site to ask you questions. Here's one: Nina Frazier of New Braunfels, Texas, asks: If you believe in the war, why didn't you encourage your own daughters to fight for your country? Or did you?

THE PRESIDENT: I believe Americans can contribute to the security and well-being of our country in a variety of ways. That's why we have a volunteer army. What we say to young people is that if you want to serve your country you can do so in the military, or you can do so by teaching children in inner-city Washington, D.C., like one of our daughters did. Or you can help form education programs in New York City, like our (other) daughter. There are all kinds of ways to serve.
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PEOPLE: Are your daughters coming home for Christmas?

MRS. BUSH: They are. Jenna is working with an international organization in Central and South America about education policy. And Barbara is working for a museum in the education department.

Well, at least someone Asked The Question. The President didn't really answer it, however. He didn't say whether he had encouraged Jenna and not-Jenna or, more importantly for Operation Yellow Elephant [since women cannot, in theory, serve in combat], his nephews, to consider volunteering for military service in the Global War on Terrorism.

Hat tip to Steve Gilliard.


At 23 December, 2006 09:14, Anonymous J Har said...

What in the heck is your problem?
Do you REALLY want politicians to USE their kids in this way? Do you not understand a VOLUNTEER military? Our military forces deserve WILLING comrades, not offspring SHAMED into serving because their parents have political aspirations. Crikes - hate Bush, hate this war, but for Pete's sake, don't destroy our military in the process.

At 23 December, 2006 09:29, Blogger Karl said...

j har-

Given Stop-Loss, Recalls to Active Duty (AKA the backdoor draft) and the likelihood of more frequent Guard and Reserve deployments, I hardly think that everyone currently wearing the uniform is a "WILLING comrade."

The question we're asking is whether political 'leaders' have encouraged their own eligible relatives and friends, their circles of influence, to consider military service.

Obviously, all adults, including adult sons of political leaders, make their own decision.

But their political parents' unwillingness even to Ask The Question says a lot.


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