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Sunday, June 04, 2006

960. Chickenhawks (forever!)

Tom Harper, at Bring it on:
The article (in American Legion Magazine) is a review of this bookAWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America’s Upper Classes from Military Service — and How It Hurts Our Country . One of the book’s two authors is the wife of a career military officer, and the other is the father of a former Marine.

My favorite quote from the article is: “For those who wave the flag and support the troops but also consider their own family exempt from service because of the wealth of better options available to them — we suggest they take the magnetic yellow ribbon off their SUV and rethink their position.”


The article concludes with “Why don’t the elites serve? Most probably they never even consider it…the reasons may change but one thing remains constant: the expectation that military service is for the “other” and never for the most privileged.”
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