Dialogue with Anonymous
I find it interesting how Operation Yellow Elephant operates under the auspices of a one way moral obligation to act on beliefs. If you support peace in the world, why not join one of the countless organizations such as the peace corps that will train you and deploy to you to countries all over the world where you help teach people how to read and write, fish, or grow crops? You should act on your beliefs and enlist in the peace corps. But you won't because you, like those that you deride on your blog, are not willing to stand up and act on that which you believe.
This blog has taken no position on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere. However we got there has already happened, and our national leaders must deal with these facts in order to lead our nation forward.
All this blog is trying to do is to encourage President Bush's strongest supporters eligible to serve, the College and Young Republicans [if healthy and heterosexual], to Support Our President by volunteering for military service.
More broadly, we urge those eligible to serve [also 41 or under] publicly supporting the war to consider serving; their readers and audiences deserve full disclosure of the results of these deliberations.
Those not personally eligible to serve publicly supporting the war have an obligation to encourage their own relatives and friends, their circles of influence, to consider serving. They might also wish to consider encouraging their audiences to do so, but full disclosure of relevant personal circumstances is essential for their credibility.
Given ongoing military recruiting challenges and the need for the best qualified patriotic Americans to answer our nation's call, only widespread personal consideration of military service will enhance the credibility of the current Administration.
Here's the real irony:
"I think the amazing thing is we're getting 80,000 patriotic Americans a year to join an Army at war," said Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty, a spokesman for the Army general staff department responsible for personnel issues.
If our great nation is truly at war, our Army should be able to recruit far more than 80,000 healthy under-41 heterosexuals each year.