Wednesday, June 22, 2005


In Newsweek, Eleanor Clift places the blame for the military's recruiting shortfalls squarely on the shoulders of the White House:
This is President Bush’s legacy.

Mothers don’t want their children to join the military. Who would have thought that not even four years after 9/11 and the biggest surge of patriotism the country had seen in at least a generation, the military would be having trouble getting people to enlist.

By taking the country into a war that we don’t know how to win and can’t afford to lose, Bush has squandered his second term and made Americans less safe and less economically secure.
However, our military preparedness may not be as bad as Clift makes it appear.

After all, if our armed forces were actually having "trouble getting people to enlist," wouldn't Mr. Bush encourage his fit twin daughters -- who have both been at a Paris Hilton-level of unemployment* since their graduation from college twelve months ago -- to visit a recruiter and join our fighting men and women in Iraq.

And if the twins had joined, Scott McClellan would have had a much easier time answering this question:
Q Is the President concerned about the recruitment being down in his home country, he can't get -- you know, some day you may give a war and no one will come? And, also, the second part of the question, is there any member of the Bush clan who is in the military service now, that you know of?

McClellan: I'd have to go check; that's a pretty large clan, as you --

Q Would you do that?

McClellan: -- as you referred to. In terms of -- and certainly there are members of the family that have served and served very admirably in the Armed Forces.

Q I'm not talking about the past, I'm talking about now.

McClellan: And in terms of your question on recruitment and the recruiting efforts, I think the Department of Defense has briefed on that recently and they've talked about their efforts to address some of the concerns that you bring up. I would refer you --

Q I asked if the President was concerned.

McClellan: Yes, it's something he talks to his military leaders about, and they keep him apprised of their efforts.

Q Is the President concerned?

McClellan: I'm sorry?

Q Is the President concerned?

McClellan: Well, it's something he's kept apprised about, but I think you ought to look at the Department of Defense, and the way they have characterized it is the way I would --

Q I heard -- I heard Rumsfeld on the --

McClellan: -- is the way I would characterize it. They briefed on it recently, and they talked about their efforts to do a better job of recruiting people to volunteer for the military forces.
Perhaps British philosopher and cultural critic John Osbourne said it best:
Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight
They leave that all to the poor
Oh Lord, yeah!

UPDATE: Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for first lady Laura Bush, informed the Washington Post that, only one year after graduating, "Jenna Bush has started work."

Therefore, we are raising Jenna's employment level to "Nicky Hilton."

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