Is Andrew Rove “Prepared For War”?March 19, 2007
You know, this argument has been brought up so many times, I’m surprised it managed to make it into the LA Times op-ed section: Why aren’t the Bush daughters in Iraq?
The president tells us Iraq is a “noble” war, but his wife, his children and his nieces and nephews are not listening. None has enlisted in the armed services, and none seems to be paying attention to the sacrifices of military families. Until Jenna’s trip to Panama, the presidential daughters performed community service only when mandated by a court after they were cited for underage drinking. Since then they have surfaced in public during lavish presidential trips with their parents, bar-hopping outings in Georgetown and champagne-popping art openings in New York.
Now, this argument isn’t a bad one, per se. There is something to be said about standing behind your beliefs, and it sure doesn’t look like the Bush family is willing to risk anything for this endeavor they are so enthusiastically supporting. On the other hand, have you seen the Bush daughters? I know it shouldn’t, but it kinda weakens the argument. In reality, their participation would probably do more harm than good anyway.
As often as people bring up the Bush twins, I’m kinda surprised that no one really talks about a kid who goes by the name Andrew Madison Rove. Andrew will be turning 18* this year, and his father seemed to mention something about “preparing for war” awhile back:
“Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.”
I assume Andrew has already enlisted? Just curious. We already know that Karl doesn’t want him picking tomatoes or making beds in Las Vegas, so perhaps that really is the plan?**
*That link has A. Rove born in 1989, but wiki (and a few other places) have it as 1987. Considering that a little over a month ago, Rove said “my 17 year old son”, I’ll lean towards the former. I haven’t seen an exact date anywhere, but I’ll update it if I do. I know it doesn’t effect the argument too much, but I want to maintain accuracy, if possible.
**I don’t really want to use Rove’s kid as a political punching bag on this, but I think if you’re going to make this ‘sacrifice’ argument, maybe it would be more persuasive to include him. I really am curious, nevertheless.
Update: I did some more searching, and this has come up on the blogs before. Previously on HuffPo: Draft Karl Rove’s Son, Operation Yellow Elephant: Military Recruiting Lead: Washington, D.C