They're not children in Iraq; they're grown-ups who made their own decision to join the military. That seems to be difficult for the left to grasp. Ever since America's all-adult, all-volunteer army went into Iraq, the anti-war crowd have made a sustained effort to characterize them as "children." If a 13-year-old wants to have an abortion, that's her decision and her parents shouldn't get a look-in. If a 21-year-old wants to drop to the broadloom in Bill Clinton's Oval Office, she's a grown woman and free to do what she wants. But, if a 22- or 25- or 37-year-old is serving his country overseas, he's a wee "child" who isn't really old enough to know what he's doing.Meanwhile, America awaits a ruling on whether the Constitution blocks college military recruiters--after all, gotta protect our boys from the evils of patriotism.
Monday, August 22, 2005
Abortion, Not Army
Mark Steyn spots more leftist hypocrisy about the age of majority, in Sunday's Sun-Times: