Dear Mr. Kristol:
Recently, in the Paper of Record, you wrote a piece that I may be late to the bandwagon in rebutting. However, I finally did run across your column in June 23 New York Times while in the restroom at work yesterday.
It was a good thing I was already sitting down considering what it made me do. Your column decried MoveOn.org’s most recent ad about a woman worried her toddler son may have to serve in Iraq because of President McCain’s policies. Here’s what got my blood boiling and bowels moving:
I’m not persuaded. Having slandered a distinguished general officer, MoveOn has now moved on to express contempt for all who might choose to serve their country in uniform.
So if a parent worries that their son will be involved in an endless war, which, you must admit, your candidate is not doing a good job persuading us we won’t be, it’s contempt for those who serve in uniform.
Mr. Kristol, you are so full of what I was leaving in the toilet when I read your column that it’s a wonder you’re not wearing diapers. Frankly, I resent your comment. I am a new stepdad. And while my wife and I doubt AJ will serve in the military (He’s probably better informed about the war than you are.), we (and likely AJ’s father) would be proud if he chose to do so. It represents an opportunity I myself was denied when I was younger.
But I am scared that, if he has to pursue that option, he might very well die by a roadside bomb in a never-ending war. Sure, John McCain says it would be more like our presence in Germany or Japan. Any thinking person, however, knows that the culture of that part of the world would never tolerate such a presence. Any parent with a child old enough to serve as part of that presence (meaning even some parents who haven’t been born yet) has a damned good reason to worry. We’re not safer for this war. My day job has me moving from between two major federal buildings to this city’s tallest building by 2011. All this war has done is paint a Manhattan-sized target on my back.
So tell me, Mr. Kristol. Is being a good parent unpatriotic? If so, I’ll put my patriotism up against yours any day.
See, I love my country enough to criticize it, even if people like you can’t handle that. You merely love your party enough to keep your nose planted in its backside.
That’s not patriotism. That’s crass ideology.