Monday, August 29, 2005

Jenna and Not Jenna

Mark Kleiman asks a pertinent question:

When is the last time in American history that:

1) the United States was engaged in a prolonged war involving substantial casualties (not, e.g., the Gulf War or the Grenada campaign); and

2) the President had a child or children eligible by age and sex to serve; and

3) the President's child or children did not serve?

It seems to me that GWB wants the political advantages of being a "wartime President" without accepting any of the correlative burdens.

Indeed. In World War One, all of TR's children went (although he was not, note, the wartime president); one of them gave his life. The survivors went again in World War II, where one of them was awarded the Medal of Honor and died in harness. Several of FDR's sons served in World War II. Lincoln's son Robert served in the Civil War. One of Nixon's sons-in-law served in Vietnam.

And still no sign of Jenna and Not Jenna at their local recruiting center.

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