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Double Standards By: Michael Tremoglie
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, March 13, 2003

CHICKEN HAWKS-that is the name given to President Bush and members of his administration who favor war with Iraq by those who supposedly favor peace. The term denotes their lack of military service.

These "peace-loving democratic peoples" have even devoted several websites for the purpose of illustrating the military service records of members of the present administration. Among them are awolbush.com, toostupidtobepresident.com, and nhgazzette.com.

Awolbush.com is noteworthy because it asks the question, "Why did the Bush campaign refuse to release his military records, as Senator John McCain, Vice President Gore and President Clinton have all done?"

What military records of President Clinton? Obviously, the webmaster of this site is one of those Woodstock alumni who took the bad acid.

A 1992 Washington Post article about Clinton’s lack of military service stated, "the Democratic presidential nominee had failed to fully explain how he had avoided military service during the Vietnam War."

So much for awolbush.com’s credibility. However, what the website lacks in credibility it more than compensates for with enmity. It contains such features such as "Bush’s Top Ten Lies" about military service and lists a comparison of prominent Democrats and Republicans who served and who did not.

This list is ludicrous because of the skewing of data to list those Democrats who served in the military and oppose war, while listing Republicans who favor war and who did not serve in the military. However, they engage in double standards. For example, it maintains Ronald Reagan served during WWII in a "noncombat role." However, it refers to Al Gore’s Vietnam service as a journalist-not as a "noncombat role."

Toostupidtobepresident.com is another website which is a very sophomoric attempt to ridicule the president. This website is noteworthy only to the extent that it exemplifies the puerile mentality of some of the president’s critics. Other than that is serves no useful purpose.

The website of the New Hampshire Gazzette, nhgazzete.com, lists administration members who were not in the military. It too has a double standard because it convenient omits Democrats who did not serve (It is also untruthful since it claims Bush was AWOL when in fact he was in the Air National Guard).

However, the most glaring double standard of nhgazzette.com is that it proudly proclaims that the website originated in March 2002-thereby admitting that there was no such criticism of President Clinton by the publisher. Clinton who never came near the military and, in fact loathed them, did not hesitate to use the military in Haiti, Bosnia, Sudan, and other places around the world.

(The publisher of the Gazzette claims he is a Vietnam veteran. If so, he has my admiration. However, there are veterans who oppose war and veterans who favor it. There are non-veterans who oppose and favor war. If being a veteran is the sole criterion to send troops to war then it should be a requirement to be elected president.)

Double standards are typical of these dovesnakes (as I like to call them because they profess peace, yet spew venom). It is a term illustrative of these peace lovers who have rioted during marches; of these compassionate peace proponents-like the schoolteachers in the state of Maine-who contemptibly harassed the kids of the National Guard soldiers deployed to the Middle East.

Or the type of peace loving peoples encountered by a U.S. Navy Petty Officer, who while wearing a Navy t-shirt and cap, was walking in downtown San Antonio, Texas during a peace protest. He listened to the rally for a while and then began to leave. As some in the crowd noticed his military regalia, he was hectored and harangued. So much so that some cops escorted him away from the crowd. He noticed that some of his harassers were from the National Council of Churches. There were some ministers in the crowd as well. Although they did not engage in the harassment, they did not prevent it. According to the sailor, he was called vial names, including baby-killer.

The behavior described by the sailor was not unusual. The protesters assaulted cops and citizens in New York and San Francisco and destroyed property as well.

Dovesnakes are vacuous as well as vicious. If you talk to many of the people who are opposing a possible war in Iraq, they have difficulty articulating a reason. A few weeks ago, an enterprising young journalist named Evan Coyne Maloney of Brain –Terminal .com took a video camera and a microphone to the protests and interviewed some marchers. He asked them why they were protesting, what alternatives were there to war, and is Hussein a danger to the world. The fatuity and insipidness of their replies rated mention by Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and other media.

Another double standard for the people like those that operate the chicken hawk websites is that they bristle when they are accused of being anti-American or unpatriotic because of their criticism of the president. They cloak themselves in the First Amendment and condemn those who say they are anti-American.

However, they believe it is quite permissible for them to call others anti-American or unpatriotic. After all, what more anti-American or unpatriotic accusation is there to make than to claim that someone will knowingly send others to die so they can reap profits. Yet, that is exactly what they do when they say the president wants to go to war for oil profits. It is the most vile and unconscionable allegation that anyone can make.

To paraphrase Edward G. Robinson-if you can’t take it, don’t dish it out.

Michael P. Tremoglie is the author of the new novel A Sense of Duty, and an ex-Philadelphia cop. E-mail him at elfegobaca@comcast.net.

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