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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

James Wolcott: The Squawk of a Chickenhawk

James Wolcott: The Squawk of a Chickenhawk
"The Squawk of a Chickenhawk
Posted by James Wolcott

Senator Chuck Hagel has never been high on NRO's The Corner's Hit Parade of favorite Republicans. While it's true that he lacks the stature and intellectual rigor of a Rick Santorum or WFB's hunky heart-throb Bill Simon, it does seem a trace unfair to call him the Senator from France, as some Cornerites have done in the past, and hint that his loyalities lie other than in the land we all love.

His patriotic steadfastness was questioned yet again after his Sunday appearance on Meet the Press, where he made the dread comparison between Iraq and Vietnam, and brought Michael Ledeen out of his badger hole.

"RE: HAGEL [Michael Ledeen]
Senator Hagel has certainly earned the Jimmy Carter Appeasement Award for 2005. As I've noted before, the man has never met a tyrant he didn't want to negotiate with. Maybe he should run for president with Jesse Jackson as his mate.
Posted at 11:31 PM"

Let's review, shall we?

Chuck Hagel, two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his Vietnam War service.

Jimmy Carter, seven years in the Navy, including serving under Admiral Rickover in the development of the nuclear submarine program.

Michael Ledeen? Let's just say he won't be regaling them at the VFW lodge anytime soon. Indeed, the closest he's come to combat has been listening to Roger L. Simon's Hollywood war stories from his heroic screenwriting days.

Memo to Ledeen: There's a stature gap between you and Hagel/Carter that puts you in the pygmy shade.

Moreover, accusing anyone at this point of "appeasement" is just so dated, so played-out, so 2002. And dragging the puffy, irrelevant Jesse Jackson into your insult train--truly, truly stale.

The appeasement slur won't work anymore, nor will invocations of Neville Chamberlain and quislings. Give it up, pack it in, put it away.

Two years ago, Ledeen sneered about Hagel's "wimpery" about Iraq (a sneer I'd wager Ledeen wouldn't dare be man enough to repeat to Hagel's face), but it's Hagel who's been vindicated. The fact is that Ledeen and his neocons got the war they wanted, it was waged according to their blueprints, and it's their fuck-up, their moral responsibility, their historical bloodstain, their arrogant, ignorant, blundering, inexcusable mess. It says something about Ledeen's depraved indifference toward the consequences of his own lobbying efforts that he still thinks at this late date that he can get away with being droll."


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