7/19/07

Generation Chickenhawk: the Unauthorized College Republican Convention Tour



Untitled from huffpost and Vimeo.

On July 13, 2007, I visited Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, where the bodies of American soldiers killed in Iraq were freshly interred. Afterwards, I headed across the street to the Sheraton National Hotel, owned by right-wing Korean cult leader Sun Myung-Moon, to meet some of the war's most fervent supporters at the College Republican National Convention.

In conversations with at least twenty College Republicans about the war in Iraq, I listened as they lip-synched discredited cant about "fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here." Many of the young GOP cadres I met described the so-called "war on terror" as nothing less than the cause of their time.

Yet when I asked these College Repulicans why they were not participating in this historical cause, they immediately went into contortions. Asthma. Bad knees from playing catcher in high school. "Medical reasons." "It's not for me." These were some of the excuses College Republicans offered for why they could not fight them "over there." Like the current Republican leaders who skipped out on Vietnam, the GOP's next generation would rather cheerlead from the sidelines for the war in Iraq while other, less privileged young men and women fight and die.

Along with videographer Thomas Shomaker, I captured a vivid portrait of the hypocritical mentality of the next generation of Republican leaders. See for yourself.


-Max Blumenthal

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I'm not going to "name names" here, but there's a fellow I know who's been pushing this war from the beginning. At no point, as far as I know, has he questioned the motives of this President. Like these College Republicans, who seem to be mouth pieces for George-n-Dick like so many others, are simply spouting the latest Tony Snow quotes they picked up off YouTube.com before heading to the frat kegger.

I have never understood the argument: if you support the war so damn badly, go fight in it yourselves. Why chance giving the war to someone who really doesn't care about victory. You're the ones who want to fight it there so badly so we don't have to fight it here, so go fight it there. I'm sure any college or university would be more than glad to hold off your admissions or allow you to take some time off (probably only a couple of years for two tours) to go fight. Go ahead, please.

But no. This is like any war. The poor will go and fight because unlike our friends at the College Republicans, they couldn't go to college or do anything else and so they've been forced into the indentured servitude of modern America.

Besides, as much as each the people in that above video wish it, they can't all be President of the United States someday, even if they're parents or 4th grade teacher told them so.

War has been, and will always be, those sitting in Ivory towers forcing others to die for the causes the Ivory-dwellers say they should die for. Through fear, through hate, this is the way it will always be.

I'd be happy if just one of those guys in the video joined up.

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