THE CHICKENHAWK FLIES AGAIN
I see that Michael Kelly has decided (pehaps unwisely) to revisit the “chickenhawk” issue, and that Glenn Reynolds has provided an approving link. Kieran Healy dissents, with a link to Matthew Yglesias. Kelly’s attempt to make the question one of civilian control of the military is utterly unconvincing.
Having added my two cents’ worth to this debate some time ago, allow me to bring it to your attention once again. To summarize: not having military experience is no disqualification for leadership in wartime. Having chosen to avoid service in a war that you supported while other people your age were fighting it also isn’t a disqualification, but it’s nothing to be proud of either. There’s a name for the willingness to shed other people’s blood unaccompanied by a willingness to risk one’s own skin, and that name isn’t “courage.”