Ted Nugent Honors Soldiers He Refused to Join

Is there anything more ridiculous than a chickenhawk getting all weepy-eyed about the troops? It’s made all the more ridiculous when it’s Ted Nugent delivering his usual hyperbolic bullshit, which he does in his latest Worldnetdaily column about Veterans Day.

I am an adequately emotional guy. I’ve said goodbye to my mom and dad, grandparents, aunts and uncles and my share of people I love and respect. But after a few weeks of hanging out with the troops and absorbing that something special, their dedication and willingness to sacrifice for us all, I felt a more powerful connection and appreciation for who they are, what they do and how we got here than I ever had before.

My dad, Warren Henry Nugent, served heroically in the U.S. Army in World War II and Korea. My brother Jeff served in the U.S. Army as well. I’ve shared way too many campfires to count with the men and women of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp, National Guard and Coast Guard. I know that freedom is not free, and there is no greater sacrifice than for a man to be willing to lay down his life for his fellow man.

Sure there is, Ted. The sacrifice of a guy who shit his pants for a month to avoid doing all those heroic things you’re hypocritically talking about now. Typical chickenhawk, full of lavish praise for those who fight in wars that they refuse to fight in even though they support them.

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Typical chickenhawk, full of lavish praise for those who fight in wars that they refuse to fight in even though they support them.

    They are too important to send “over there”. If they did go, who’d pound the drum for the next war?

  • Trebuchet

    Was that chickenshit his pants were full of?

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    My dad, Warren Henry Nugent, served heroically in the U.S. Army in World War II and Korea. My brother Jeff served in the U.S. Army as well.

    This Veterans Day, we salute those who are heroically related to those who served.

  • Glenn E Ross

    I am an adequately emotional guy.

    I can’t get past the first sentence. What the hell does that mean? it’s too short to compete with Palin’s word salad.

    Has Terrible Ted tumbled on a new form of minimalist word salad? My respect level for him went from -10 to -9.9.

  • matthewgreene

    I too believe that Nugent is an asshat. Just be careful when calling someone a chickenhawk as that denotes pedophilia.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Glenn E Ross “I can’t get past the first sentence. What the hell does that mean?”

    “I have emotions [pause] but I’m no fag.”

  • Artor

    Trebuchet @#2

    Why yes, that was indeed chicken shit. And still is.

  • whheydt

    I guess Nugent’s father didn’t have nearly the ability to assess a situation that mine did… My father served in the Navy (1927-1933) and in the Maritime Service (1942-1954). During Viet Nam, he indicated that if I had a sudden urge to move to Canada, there would be financial assistance to do so.

    Of course, what Nugent *doesn’t* say is exactly where his father served during WW2 and Korea. What are the odds it wasn’t anywhere he could get shot at? (And in all fairness, most of those that served in those wars were not at any real risk.)

  • whheydt

    Re; matthewgreene @ #5…

    Depends on context. In this one it’s someone who was a “hawk” about the Viet Nam Wat, but chicken about going there. So, yeah…Ted is a chickenhawk.

  • matthewgreene

    #9 thanks for the clarification.

  • tuibguy

    As my Dad got older, he grew more and more sympathetic the men who fled to Canada to avoid the draft. He thought about war and how awful and how horrible it is and how the rotten politicians who lead us to war find it easy to do so when they don’t have to go. However, I still don’t think he would be sympathetic towards Nugent for going for the 4F exemption. It’s dishonesty, and the fact that Nugent, even now 40 years later won’t own up to it would disgust my Dad as much as it does me.

    My dad volunteered for the Navy in April 1945 and left for basic training the day after he graduated high school. He didn’t see any action because he hadn’t been assigned a ship yet as the Japanese surrendered. He was in the Navy until 1945 and he saw the wounded sailors coming home.

    No, my father would not have appreciated this column by Nugent.

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    Yes, there is something more ridiculous than this. It’s that RWNJs, who are so proud of our military, so patriotic, so unwilling to show understanding, buy this bullcrap.

  • whheydt

    Re: matthewgreene @ #10….

    Bush the Younger (aka “W”, aka “the shrub”) is another variant on the theme. Got himself into a military outfit that wasn’t going to anywhere so he could say he’d been in the military and “supported” the war, but never risked his own neck. You can read about what he actually did and what he weaseled out of. So…he’s another chickhawk.

    Clinton, on the other hand, made no bones about going to school in England and sitting out the war. While you may or may not agree with him on the subject, he’s been honest about it and is *not* a chickenhawk.

    FYI, fo those that weren’t around at the time…there was a lot of wierd stuff about the draft. I had a college roommate whose father was an American oil engineer working in Saudi Arabia. When he turned 18 and registred, it was at the US Embassy. That got him assigned to draft board 100 in Washington, DC. No one was *ever* drafted through draft board 100, even if they later moved back to the states from wherever they’d een living when they registered. (That part is not unusual. The draft board at registration was the one you kept ever after. Mine was in San Diego, even though I was a student at UCBerkeley when I registered and after college stayed in the Bay Area….where I still live over 40 years later.)

  • sabrekgb

    I loathe chickenhawks. And, while Nugent is that, it seems like the criticism of this piece is a bit off the mark. Just going from the text of the piece, here, but there is nothing in principle wrong with honoring soldiers while declining to serve oneself. It could be interpreted as acknowledgement that those who do serve are “better” than him, and he is saying such. That very well may be giving too much credit to him, but it’s possible. The more objectionable part comes later when he turns political and uses phrases such as “sorry that their commander in chief has betrayed them”.

    This is more pointless praise of the military than it is anything particularly chickenhawk-ish. Don’t get me wrong, i dislike it, and i think it misses the mark in several ways, but i wanted to point out simply that simply being a chickenhawk and praising the military don’t quite equal hypocrisy (or, and greater hypocrisy than being a chickenhawk to begin with…which is pretty fucking bad). A subtle point, perhaps. And, better this pablum than “Dr.” Michael Savage’s chickenhawk assholery from earlier: http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/10/21/michael-savages-disgusting-rant-ptsd-and-depres/201248

    Also, it’s a pet peeve of mine when people who have never served salute, especially in military/ceremonial situations as he describes, “when the troops straightened up and saluted, Toby and I followed suit”. The president may be excepted for returning salutes, i suppose…but for these random schmoes? Negative.

  • matty1

    @14 I have read that the custom of presidents saluting was invented by Reagan. Apparently all earlier presidents took the attitude that it was inappropriate for a civilian leader.

  • sabrekgb

    @15 matty1

    Now that you mention it, that does sound familiar. I suppose i’m ok with that, as it’s the returning of a salute rendered (and as anyone else who has served knows, unreturned salutes are kinda awkward and lame…), but i still am annoyed as shit by other random goobers doing it. Pet peeve, i suppose.

    Thanks for the nugget of info…sounds like a good start for a google/wikipedia rabbit-hole session :)