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Three subspecies of chickenhawk

Matthew Yglesias had nice post last week on the meaning and significance of this loaded term. (See how far behind I've fallen in my blog-reading?)

First you've got the straw-man chickenhawk. This would be the theory that it is wrong to advocate a war if you have never served either in the military or perhaps in an actual war....

Then you've got the present-day chickenhawk. This would be an able-bodied person who is of roughly military age... and who favors some war, but declined to volunteer to fight in it....

Then you've got your "Vietnam-era chickenhawks." These are people who, during an era of conscription, avoided military service in a war they nonetheless supported....

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