Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Max Blumenthal on CNN

Max Blumenthal of the Huffington Post, who brought us Generation Chickenhawk, was on CNN recently to discuss his work.


At 01 August, 2007 21:21, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Max Blumenthal would have been turning 18 around the time Clinton went to war against Yugoslavia. Does anyone know if Max served his country? Seems a tad hypocritical if he didn't.

At 02 August, 2007 13:32, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I served during the time of that war and here's a newsflash most of the military didn't have to serve in that theater of operations because it wasn't needed.

Are you trying to compare the desperate need for troops in the Iraq war with that? Are you assuming that Max Blumenthal supported that war?

The president has called for people to serve and fight in Iraq. Whether or not someone who may or may not have supported a war over a decade ago doesn't excuse you or your yellow elephant brothers and sisters from serving.

At 02 August, 2007 17:26, Blogger OYE said...

anonymous (02 August, 2007 13:32)-

Thank you for your comment.

The president has called for people to serve and fight in Iraq.

We welcome any specific cite for this. We've been looking for quite some time for any statement by high-level civilian government officials urging real Americans to consider volunteering for military service at this time, even if they plan other careers later in life.

Send e-mail to operationyellowelephant at gmail dot com. Thanks

At 03 August, 2007 20:35, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do assume that Max Blumenthal supported that war, based mostly on who his father is. Perhaps that is a bad assumption on my part.

No, I am not claiming any similarity between that war and Iraq. However, I do not believe such a distinction is relevant as to whether one is or is not a chickenhawk. It is beside the point whether one is needed or not, or that most of the military participates or not. What is at issue is that one's beliefs obligate them in some sense to act, to join up or to speak against. As for the war against Yugoslavia, it certainly was not at time of the buildup or even, our extended presence after, some foregone conclusion that it would work out ok with minimal loss of life. I'm the same age as Max Blumenthal and distinctly remember the thoughts in the back of my mind that it had all the earmarks of a clusterfuck, and if there was a draft I had the dumb luck of being just the right age.

I don't excuse anyone, and that includes Max Blumenthal. If he excused himself out of serving in Yugoslavia then yes, he is a chickenhawk. And most likely he wouldn't be serving in Iraq even if he did agree with the cause. Draft College Republicans? Sure, but also draft Max Blumenthal and give some of those who served in Yugoslavia in Max's stead a pass on serving in this war. Seems fair.


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