Of All The Republican Chicken Hawks, Tom Delay Takes The Cake
March 12, 2002
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Of all the Republican Chicken Hawks, Tom DeLay takes the cake. But make that a fruitcake, please.
The man who avoided service in Vietnam to open an exterminator business (we're not making this up) regularly gets up on his high horse alleging that liberal Democrats lost the Vietnam War. Now, according to one of our readers, DeLay has gone even further, defaming Senator John Kerry, who actually fought heroically in Vietnam, and by claiming Bush would have won the war if he were president then:
Of course, Bush could have helped try to win the war by actually serving there, but Bush, another Republican with a Vietnam yellow streak down his back, chose not to fight or be anywhere within 5,000 miles of Vietnam. To evade service in the war, Junior had Poppy Bush make a call to get him into the Texas National Guard (where he was essentially AWOL for his last year of service, but that's another story).
DeLay's excuse for having a yellow streak as wide as the Rio Grande down his back is truly imaginative, if you take a delight in the bizarre. The man who believes Dioxin is good for you (again, we are not making this up), claims that he volunteered for Vietnam, but all the spots were taken up by minorities, so he was not allowed to serve. Clearly all those years of exposure to toxic chemicals had some serious side effects on 'Ol Tom.
This is where you, the reader, may think BuzzFlash is exaggerating. Oh, yee of little faith!
As the Houston Press reported in 1999: (Go to: http://www.houstonpress.com/issues/1999-01-07/columns2.html/1/index.html).
Well, unfortunately, the Democrats let "that idiot" get away with far too much. For DeLay to air comments on CNN denigrating war hero Kerry, without being denounced by leading Democrats and the DNC is not just unacceptable, it's unconscionable.
Tom DeLay should be roundly -- and repeatedly -- denounced for the coward he was. He joins a long list of prominent Republicans who love to paint the Democratic Party leaders as unpatriotic and as the cause of the U.S. "losing" the Vietnam war, but who didn't have the guts to fight for their country.
the list at http://www.awolbush.com/whoserved.html.
Bill Clinton didn't go to Vietnam because he felt morally opposed to the war and thought Americans were dying needlessly. Tom DeLay and his GOP Chicken Hawk colleagues didn't serve, but supported the war, sending other young men to die in their place. Now they are still blaming the Democrats for losing Vietnam, when it is the Tom DeLays of the world who were paper tiger warriors.
We should never let DeLay, Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft, Lott and their Chicken Hawk colleagues forget who served their country in time of war -- and which fair weather patriots ran away from service, even as they continue to denounce principled opposition to the Vietnam War.
Just one more reason the GOP should change its name to the GHP, the Grand Hypocrisy Party.
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