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The 101st Fighting Keyboarders

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During the Iraq War, we’ve been treated to the strange sight of many, many Republican young men and women who strongly support the war in Iraq, but who never seem to enlist. When asked about this, they explain that the “war of ideas” is equally important, and that’s where they’re fighting.

Well, yes, but the casualty rate in the war of ideas is very, very low. They all seem to have selected a role in the Iraq War that… well, that is not dangerous at all.

Now I don’t know whether the lack of danger in the role they chose, and the constant danger of fighting the war on the ground in Iraq, entered into their decision. And, so far as I know, they’ve not been asked. “Did you decide not to enlist because fighting in Iraq is dangerous?” “Did you choose to fight in the ‘war of ideas’ because it isn’t dangerous?”

I wish they would be asked, since they are so very vehement about other people going over there to fight. They certainly talk the talk, but they seem strangely fearful of walking the walk.

When asked why they don’t fight, BTW, they never mention how dangerous it is. The reasons given are always along the lines of the importance of fighting the “war of ideas,” how they could not financially afford to fight, how they’re married now, how they have children now (of course, many troops in Iraq are also married and with children and would like to making more money), how they are too old (though that reason fails to jibe with the Army’s accepting recruits up to age 42—many of the fighting keyboarders are in their early 30’s), how incredibly busy they are… But the issue of danger (and fear) never arises. Odd.

And they also never mention that they are taking their cues from their leaders: President Bush, who got into TANG to avoid Vietnam, and then even lost interest in that and wandered off; and Dick Cheney, who famously got five deferments because he had “other priorities.” Instead, they attack the patriotism of those who actually served in combat—guys like Cleland, and Kerry, and Murtha.

Perhaps, like their president, they suffer from narcissistic personality disorder.

UPDATE: And, of course, the 101st Fighting Keyboarders have the advantage of air conditioning, something the troops do not get:

After a long day searching homes in suffocating Iraqi heat, Lance Cpl. Mike Young saw a most surprising source of relief _ a sprawling Wal-Mart had appeared in the distance.

“No joke _ looking through the haze I thought I saw a Wal-Mart. I said to myself, ‘I bet they got some cold water in there,'” Young said, recalling a mission last year in a rural area west of Baghdad.

He contemplated running over to fetch water for fellow Marines who were “staggering like dead men.” Three of them had collapsed in the heat.

Young soon stirred from his heat-induced hallucination and returned to the struggle of enduring summertime in Iraq.

Daytime temperatures in the Iraqi summer usually range from a low of about 105 degrees Fahrenheit to about 125. Though most bases have added air conditioning, grunts must still venture out to man their posts or patrol steaming streets under an unrelenting sun.

Written by Leisureguy

29 July 2006 at 9:07 am

Posted in GOP, Iraq War, Military

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