Baseball Crank
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September 3, 2002
WAR: JOHN McCAIN AIN'T NO CHICKEN HAWK

I'll hopefully be getting later this week to the ridiculous argument trotted out by opponents of the Iraq war to the effect that the opinions of those who haven't served in the military should be discounted. The Bull Moose has a good rebuttal in today's column, and he quotes John McCain, from a piece in The Weekly Standard, taking on this line from Gen. Anthony Zinni:

Zinni's comments "are a direct contradiction of Clemenceau's statement that 'war is too important to be left to the generals,'" says Senator John McCain, veteran of the Hanoi Hilton. "If civilians can't contribute to the debate, then Lincoln, Roosevelt, Reagan--they all would have been excluded from sharing their views." General Zinni "has a right to give his views," McCain continues, "and I respect those views even though I don't agree with them. But to dismiss opposing views just because some of those who hold them haven't served, frankly, that just should never be a part of the debate." Why? "It's a way that people use to close off debate when they may be losing it. And they're losing this one."

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