Young Republicans support Iraq war, but not all are willing to join the fight
We've said it before and we'll keep saying it: virtue never tested is no virtue at all. Karl Rove called all "Liberals" UnAmerican & traitors this week, but these self-described Young Republicans are. We're gonna let them hang themselves here:
Young Republicans gathered here for their party's national convention are united in applauding the war in Iraq, supporting the U.S. troops there and calling the U.S. mission a noble cause.
But there's no such unanimity when they're asked a more personal question: Would you be willing to put on the uniform and go to fight in Iraq?
In more than a dozen interviews, Republicans in their teens and 20s offered a range of answers. Some have friends in the military in Iraq and are considering enlisting; others said they can better support the war by working politically in the United States; and still others said they think the military doesn't need them because the U.S. presence in Iraq is sufficient.
"Frankly, I want to be a politician. I'd like to survive to see that," said Vivian Lee, 17, a war supporter visiting the convention from Los Angeles,
Lee said she supports the war but would volunteer only if the United States faced a dire troop shortage or "if there's another Sept. 11."
Gee for many true heroes, like the late Pat Tillman, 1 September 11th was enough. No wonder Ms. Lee is a Republican since her attitude was shared by so many of them during Viet Nam.
Some more of Mommy's Little Monster...
"As long as there's a steady stream of volunteers, I don't see why I necessarily should volunteer," said Lee, who has a cousin deployed in the Middle East.
Hmmm, there aren't. You're needed. Go
"If there was a need presented, I would go," said Chris Cusmano
There is: go.
"I physically probably couldn't do a whole lot" in Iraq, said Tiffanee Hokel, 18, of Webster City, Iowa, who called the war a moral imperative. She knows people posted in Iraq, but she didn't flinch when asked why she wouldn't go.
"I think I could do more here," Hokel said, adding that she's focusing on political action that supports the war and the troops.
"We don't have to be there physically to fight it," she said.
Oh where to start? You support the war? Go fight it. If you don't support the war? You get to stay and fight it here. That's how it works, not the other way around.
Similarly, 20-year-old Jeff Shafer, a University of Pennsylvania student, said vital work needs to be done in the United States. There are Republican policies to maintain and protect and an economy to sustain, Shafer said.
Dude you are in the wrong f@#king party... there is nothing in the current Republican agenda worth fighting for and our economy isn't doing so well regardless of what Mommy & Daddy are telling you.
Thanks to Atrios
for doing the good Lord's work!