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What Is a Chickenhawk?

The word has lost meaning over time – but essentially it is someone who avoids serving in the military (finds ways to get around the draft, or otherwise keeps out of the messiness of wars) while vociferously demanding more money for military build up. Essentially too chicken to go to war, but really likes war as an option vs. diplomacy that seems suspiciously “French.”

Get this 1999 recounting of Delay’s explanation as to why he and Dan Quayle were prevented from serving in Vietnam.

He and Quayle, DeLay explained to the assembled media in New Orleans, were victims of an unusual phenomenon back in the days of the undeclared Southeast Asian war. So many minority youths had volunteered for the well-paying military positions to escape poverty and the ghetto that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself. Satisfied with the pronouncement, which dumbfounded more than a few of his listeners who had lived the sixties, DeLay marched off to the convention.

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