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Liberals are classically described as eager to spend somebody else’s money. Conservatives are, these days, eager to spend somebody else’s blood.

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  • Dan C

    In fairness to Andrew Bacevich, his son died. He, though, opposed the Iraq War, found his stature reduced and he was personally and professionally shunned by conservatives and found more purchase for his essays in NCReporter, America, and The Nation for many years. Until the political lessons of 2006 and 2008. Then, things changed for him. But he still contributes to left and far left periodicals.

    • Petey

      should he not do that, considering his analysis is consistent wherever he publishes, including american conservative?

  • BigBlueWave

    Grossly unfair comparison. Nobody is being *drafted* into the army. When soldiers sign up, they’re signing up to go fight for their country. That’s their job!

    • Andy

      And sending them into harms way should happen only in the extreme and not because of a political agenda.

    • chezami

      And God bless them for their courage and sacrifice. But the face remains that the chickenhawks who yell for war are sending somebody else to go shed their blood and kill while they stay at home. You know, like Rush Limbaugh, Dick “Other Priorities” Cheney, and Bill “Wrong About Everything” Kristol.

    • Marthe Lépine

      Maybe not being drafted, but I have seen from other sources (not recently, however) that in some neighborhoods where there are a lot of people who are poor, black or both, with limited job opportunities and often limited educarion, the only kind of job opportunities for young people are by joining the armed forces. But of course, it is difficult for me to verify those claims…

  • KM

    There’s also a third category: The Dempublican/Republicrat, like the hawkish Hillary Clinton, who is more than happy to spend somebody else’s blood *and* money.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    “Love the warriors. Fight the war makers.” — Jim Northrup, USMC
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    This isn’t rocket surgery.