As Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, towers high above we mere citizens, I need to inform him that the reason “liberals” use the term “chicken hawks” when we speak of this administration is to point out the hypocrisy of a situation where people who have never been to war, repeatedly ignore the advice of those who have, and send troops to war. It’s not a simple case of “name calling,” as Mr. Lowry glibly writes. And I would remind him, the Republicans are much more apt to stoop to “name calling.” Anyone remember, “flip-flopper?”
But aside from that, what really angered me about this article was the last paragraph. Mr. Lowry writes, “The Iraq war was arrived at through the democratic deliberation of the American public…” Oh really? How exactly did we make a “democratic deliberation” if the information we were given was a pack of lies? This war was arrived at through a series of lies and manipulations and some very powerful media propaganda.
We in the anti-war movement are not playing “dress-up” when we stand at corners with signs and candles just like the soldiers aren’t playing “war” when they die.