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Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Amodio Study and the “Chickenhawk” Accusation

One reason to be skeptical of the Amodio study (recently discussed here) is that policemen and soldiers are generally considered to be on the right side of the spectrum and are in professions in which it is very dangerous to block new information. They are frequently under attack by people who are doing their best to be unpredictable.

On the other hand … This fits in with the common “chickenhawk” accusation. If Amodio's study turns out ot be relevant, it might mean that the military is filled with closet leftists.

That might account for a recent apparent call for a liberal military coup. After all, in Leftworld the right-wing consists of people who have cowardly given in to authority whereas the Enlightened Ones have the guts to talk back to The Man. They are convinced that even a token show of force (they are also convinced that “minorities” make up a disproportionate fraction of combat soldiers and will be on their side) will cause the “chickenhawks” to run away.

There's another consequence. If the military really were filled with closet leftists, that would mean that when General Petraeus backs the President's policy, he is betraying his troops. All this nonsense fits together …


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