Monday, June 02, 2008

Glass House Owner Throws Stones

Recently OYE highlighted Senator Obama's missed opportunity to call on eligible Americans to serve Our Country by joining the Military. Conservative pundit Bill Kristol (seen above sampling a pie) also called him on it:
But there’s one obvious path of service Obama doesn’t recommend — or even mention: military service. He does mention war twice: “At a time of war, we need you to work for peace.” And, we face “big challenges like war and recession.” But there’s nothing about serving your country in uniform.

What's odd (hypocritical) is Mr. Kristol has yet to use his influence to encourage his strong supporters to Be A Man! Enlist!


As Atrios noted:
Bill Kristol has quite a few prominent platforms. He can get himself on the teevee when he wants, he has a magazine, he has a column in the now mostly ridiculous New York Times op-ed page. He has had, over the past several years, hundreds of opportunities to make a plea to his young conservative readers to join the military. It's possible he's done this at some point, but this is one of those things I've paid attention to and I've never seen it. In fact, I've never noticed any prominent conservative person or outlet encouraging people to join the military. Again, perhaps they have, but I have paid attention to this issue and haven't seen it.

On this Monday morning, what does Billy K use his prominent platform for? A call to service? Of course not. He uses it to criticize Barack Obama for what he himself has long failed to do.

OYE Comment: E-mail Mr. Kristol and request that he ask his eligible readers to consider the path he avoided- Military Service.

12 Comments:

At 03 June, 2008 17:54, Blogger Groenhagen said...

Apples and oranges, and Wek, a hypocrite who avoided military service himself, knows it. Obama wants to be commander in chief of our military forces. Kristol is merely a pundit. That's quite a difference,

 
At 04 June, 2008 23:53, Anonymous Simon said...

Yeah... if anything, the hypocrisy is in criticizing Bill Kristol for making the same exact same point OYE made a few days prior. But I guess a lowly civilian isn't allowed to make the same observation.

And really, there's a difference between providing commentary on current events, and giving life advice to a large group of young people. The latter is a far more appropriate place to suggest military service.

 
At 05 June, 2008 17:10, OpenID doggerelface said...


The not so "mahvelous" Billy Kristol

His words often show, unmitigated gall

Shill for a disastrously criminal pol

Fairy tale guard on Humpty W's stonewall




Spends his time in the NYT bathroom stall

Ideological constipation sure to appall

In there his columns he loves to
scrawl

With recycled toilet paper on the
wall




Yellow Elephants, heed the wingnut call

Social climbing contacts, they want them all

Behind the troops they will stand tall

Makes it much easier to bugger them all





Personal responsibility takes a fall

As corrupt a latter day Tammany Hall

 
At 05 June, 2008 17:20, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can I get a pet troll like Groenhagen? It doesn't even take much to set him off and running. He must love on this site.

Keep it up, Groenhagen, you're hilarious!

 
At 05 June, 2008 21:55, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I served 8 years in the military, and I think it is a disgrace that the people who run this site are such pussies that they are critical of others while their pussy asses never served.

You guys haven't the first clue about military serves, and you don't have a clue about being real men either!

 
At 06 June, 2008 13:27, Anonymous Chris said...

"Obama wants to be commander in chief of our military"

Isn't it fantastic that our founding fathers specifically did NOT include language in the constitution that requires the President to have served in the military. In fact, the only thing you have to be is old enough.

Oh, I'm a 6-year Navy Vet anonymous and I have a clue about military service.

 
At 06 June, 2008 16:58, Anonymous Ernie1812 said...

"You guys haven't the first clue about military serves [sic], and you don't have a clue about being real men either!"

Thats a negative there devilnuts. Many a luker here have had their ass on the line (in actual combat, not the "rough" barracks life of Quantico like tough guy Gro--never seen combat but likes to fck over the troops--enhagen).

We just point out the fact that it sure would be helpful if these chickhawks would actually help a brother out so that guys (and gals) don't have to do three tours in 5 years (not exactly voluntarily btw). Too much to ask? Well it is when asking the America hating hypocrisy filled republican chicken hawks.

-Ernie
Sgt. 1st Tanks USMC
OEF 2001-2002
OIF 2003

Iraq/Afghanistan vet to Groen: "Seen much combat?"
Groen's answer: "I've seen a little on tv."

 
At 06 June, 2008 17:36, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that Groeney has been scared off...

 
At 06 June, 2008 18:04, Anonymous Ernie1812 said...

correction to previous post: "many a lurker..."

-ernie

 
At 07 June, 2008 14:10, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow ernie I didnt even notice the typo, I guess I was too busy entertaining thoughts of closeing the breech of my 203 on that guys nuts who made the real man comment!!!! he wouldn't last a day over here, unless he's one of those koolaid drinkin fobbits!!!

 
At 08 June, 2008 12:20, Anonymous Anonymous said...

come back, groenhagen! yer always good for a laugh!!

 
At 19 June, 2008 08:02, Blogger Doppelganger said...

anonymoouse:

"I served 8 years in the military, and I think it is a disgrace that the people who run this site are such pussies that they are critical of others while their pussy asses never served.

You guys haven't the first clue about military serves, and you don't have a clue about being real men either!"




Yup, sure you served. Well, I guess someone had to clean toilets.

Another clueless right wing troll.

 

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