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Press Wants to Know if Pro-War Officials Will Send Their Own Kids to War

By E&P Staff

Published: August 27, 2005 7:45 PM ET

NEW YORK It's a question from the press sure to be posed more and more as the months go on, directed at public officials who continue to support the Iraq war: If you believe in the cause so deeply, why aren't your own kids signing up? Most prominently, President Bush (through his press spokesmen) is now hearing it, but it's now trickling down to the congressional and state level.

Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, a strong backer of Bush policy in Iraq -- who has give sons age 24 to 35 -- heard the query yesterday, from a Boston Herald reporter. Romney, who has promoted National Guard recruitment, replied, a bit angrily, that he has not urged his own sons to enlist -- and isn't sure whether they would.

The Herald tossed the question as Romney as he was honored by the Massachusetts National Guard. "No, I have not urged my own children to enlist. I don't know the status of my childrens' potentially enlisting in the Guard and Reserve," Romney said, his voice tinged with anger, the Herald reported.

Neither the Romney children nor the governor have served in the military, a Romney spokeswoman said.

More than 1,100 guardsmen and women from Massachusetts are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, with 28 Massachusetts soldiers killed so far.

"I don't think you should be so 'rah-rah' for a war that you aren't willing to send your own family members to," Rose Gonzalez of Somerville, whose mother, a state employee, was deployed to Iraq in January, told the Herald. "If he thinks the war is so just and so important and we shouldn't pull out, then he should encourage his own sons to go."

Nancy Lessin, a spokeswoman for Military Families Speak Out, said, "This is just one more politician who is willing to risk the lives of our loved ones and celebrate sending them off into a war that we never should have [been] in."

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I wonder how many board members and executives at Halliburton and among the Carlyle Group have kids signed up to fight for the "noble cause".

Is everyone aware of the connections between the Carlyle Group and this war? Between the US & Britain & the Carlyle Group? Tony Blair is going to work for the Carlyle Group when he finishes (or is finished) being Prime Minister. John Major, a previous English Prime Minister works for the Carlyle Group. As do Bush, Sr. and a bunch of others whose names I cannot recall but they are all connected.
It is a bunch of crap, and I just wish the whole world, especially ALL Americans would understand this. I have a brother who I swear must have been abducted by aliens because he believes all the lies.
Me, I wake up in the wee hours of the morning and cannot sleep because I am so bothered by what is going on. (And I go to meetings, etc. I am involved. Have a 22 year old son who went into the army july before 9/11 for college money. Luckily he is out now, honorably discharged, 8 months in Afghanistan, but never fired his weapon, and other than really hating the ARmy and it's bs, he's the same kid who went in, just older, smarter and still a great young man. We trade info on the bs.

When will a reporter, the next time Bush holds an event, ask the logical question that Cindy Sheehan would like to ask Bush, and that is if he has tried to encourage his daughters to enlist in the military and serve on the front lines? Bush is supposed to have fifteen cousins of draft age. Why aren't they serving in the military? On Saturday, Bush said in his radio address that the country must be ready to sacrifice for the war in Iraq. Given that statement, the press is under an obligation to ask Bush, and other members of his administration, which members of their family have put their lives on the line for the good of the country? It is easy to spew forth rhetoric; it is harder to back up those words with action. The press has a duty to call them on this and explain to the American people why they shouldn't be called hypocrites.

When will a reporter, the next time Bush holds an event, ask the logical question that Cindy Sheehan would like to ask Bush, and that is if he has tried to encourage his daughters to enlist in the military and serve on the front lines? Bush is supposed to have fifteen cousins of draft age. Why aren't they serving in the military? On Saturday, Bush said in his radio address that the country must be ready to sacrifice for the war in Iraq. Given that statement, the press is under an obligation to ask Bush, and other members of his administration, which members of their family have put their lives on the line for the good of the country? It is easy to spew forth rhetoric; it is harder to back up those words with action. The press has a duty to call them on this and explain to the American people why they shouldn't be called hypocrites.

The press, unfortunately, has been going way too easy on Bush. They have, out of politeness to their host (Bush), not talked about the elephants in the room (the administration's constantly changing rationale for the war, the Downing Street memos, the failure to capture Osama bin Laden...it's not just one elephant, it's a whole herd). Hopefully, the Cindy Sheehan Camp Casey protest will cause more members of the press to wake up and start asking Bush the tough questions, the ones he has been avoiding Cindy Sheehan to avoid answering.

Not only no, but hell no!

So true!! As in JUST the poor dying for the elite NOBLE's war. The press needs to press this line of questions more to expose the hypocrisy behind this injustice.

I wish the people in the press would make it a point to ask this question of every political leader who favors the war. For the record it would tell us just what hypocrites they really are.

I wish the people in the press would make it a point to ask this question of every political leader who favors the war. For the record it would tell us just what hypocrites they really are.

Are any of them serving in Iraq?

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Here's a big IF...

If the sons and daughters of the GOP pro-war lawmakers and governors ever were to sign up to serve in the National Guard, Reserves, or even Regular Armed Forces, it's not like they would EVER serve in the Iraq theatre of war.

I'm sure that Donald Rumsfeld would desperately need their services elsewhere. Where is elsewhere? Oh, it could be Germany, or Hawaii, or even Korea, but I doubt they would even want to serve in those places.
Perhaps "Old Rummy" could open a base in Crawford, Texas for these sons and daughters of the GOP who wish to serve and sacrifice so much. We could even designate the new unit the "Elite Yellowbellies".

They could spend all their time bike riding and BBQing around the pool. With hard work like that, who knows they could even become a future POTUS, but let us hope for our sakes that they don't.

Radical right wing nut republican neocon chickenhawks are vicious insane cowards Its time that we start dealing with them like the criminals they are. Give them the same treatment they have given Cindy

Best set of replies yet. i think us progressives are mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore. Fact is these basturds in control have no morals, no ethics, no conscience; lots of money, lots of power, and lots of violence at their command. They have to be taken deadly seriously. Bush listens to no one cept rovecheny and the other criminals in the cabal like delay, hasstert, sensenbrenner...pigs.
We got em on the run. They are getting more desperate. Move to impeach.
Kick the bums out.

We have to unite to begin to take apart their insane war machine. The campaign to pressure Congress and the press to start doing their job instead of hiding like the chickenhawk bubble boy.Lets kick some ass. Just remember Nixon waving bye bye on the white house lawn.We need that on a poster....Cindy speaks for me. That picture of all those people standing behind her gives me so much hope..great fotos of Camp Casey thank you. This medium is our medium.

Barb Bush got 18 grandkids not one in the service.

me thinks we are finding our voice.

Of course W. Mitt Romney’s voice becomes “tinged with anger

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