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.