August 16, 2005

Richard Bradley Attacks Bush For Not Making the Bush Twins Serve In the Military

Richard Bradley of The Huffington Post asks why Jenna and Barbara Bush aren't serving in the military:

Thanks in large part to Cindy Sheehan, people are starting to raise the issue of why Jenna and Barbara Bush aren't serving in the military. It's a tough question, but I think it's a fair one. The President of the United States is calling on American young people to volunteer to go to war, but his own daughters, who are certainly of the appropriate age, are better known for their drunken nightclub escapades than for any acts of patriotism....It's pretty simple, really. The military doesn't have enough soldiers; the president believes that this is a good and just war; he has two daughters who could enlist in the military, but haven't. These things don't add up. So here's a question I think a White House reporter should ask the President: "President Bush, if your own two daughters won't enlist, how can you expect anyone else's children to join the military?"

Bradley's post is pathetic. What Bradley forgets is that the U.S. military is an all volunteer force. There is no military draft. President Bush can not force his two daughters to enlist. His daughters are two independent adults that are responsible for making their own choices
Following the outrage his post created, Bradley then added:

And finally, I have no problem with the people criticizing this post...but I think it'd be much more interesting to hear you criticize the Bush daughters for their lack of patriotism. Wouldn't you do the same to the Clintons if they had kids who did the same thing under similar circumstances? I can just imagine the rhetoric about a Democratic president who started a war but whose kids would never deign to actually join the military.... All I'm doing is asking that you be consistent

This is asinine. I have heard no Republican claim that those who refuse to enlist are unpatriotic.
As for his argument that we are being hypocritical, he is forgetting that when Bill Clinton entered into the Bosnian conflict, Somalia or his bombing campaigns in Iraq, no Republican ever asked why Chelsea Clinton was not enlisting to fight in those conflicts.
If anyone is being hypocritical, it is Bradley. As the Iraq war was authorized by a large number of Democrats, why is Bradley not making the same argument towards those Democrats? After all, they are just as responsible as Bush for starting the war - they authorized it.
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