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Conservative War Heroes At It Again

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Clarence Thomas offered this analysis of Justice Stevens and his decision today in the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld case:

But this suggestion betrays the plurality’s unfamiliarity with the realities of warfare and its willful blindness to our precedents.

According to the Wikipedia, John Paul Stevens served:

in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1945 as an intelligence officer (for which service he was awarded a Bronze Star)…

What about resident expert on war, Clarence Thomas?

Well, he was born in 1948…which would have made him 20 in 1968, so I guess it’s fair to assume that his familiarity with war came during the Vietnam War. Oh, snap. He wasn’t able to serve:

During his sophomore year Thomas met Kathy Grace Ambush and began a relationship that would lead to their 1971 marriage. In 1973 their son, Jamal, was born. Thomas had registered for the draft in 1966, at age 18, but had a student deferment; when he graduated in 1971, and his number in the conscription lottery was low, he seemed a likely candidate for military service in Vietnam. However, he failed his physical examination.

It’s amazing that all these people who never served in the military are not only experts in the field, but have the temerity to criticze those who have served for their lack of real knowledge.

Arrogant, reckless, shameless hacks…how many wars would we fight if these closet heroes actually had to go into battle?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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