Operation Chickenhawk: The Cowardly, Hypocritical College Republicans

On July 13, 2007, reporter Max Blumenthal visited Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, where the bodies of American soldiers killed in Iraq were freshly interred. Afterwards, Max headed across the street to the Sheraton National Hotel, owned by right-wing Korean cult leader Sun Myung-Moon, to meet some of the war's most fervent supporters at the College Republican National Convention.

In conversations with at least twenty College Republicans about the war in Iraq, Max listened as they parroted discredited crap about "fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here." Many of the young GOP cadres he met described the so-called "war on terror" as nothing less than the cause of their time.

Yet when Max asked these College Republicans why they were not participating in this historical cause, they immediately went into contortions. Asthma. Bad knees from playing catcher in high school. "Medical reasons." "It's not for me." These were some of the excuses College Republicans offered for why they could not fight them "over there." Like the current Republican leaders who skipped out on Vietnam, the GOP's next generation would rather cheerlead from the sidelines for the war in Iraq while less privileged young men and women fight and die for them.

Along with videographer Thomas Shomaker, Max Blumenthal has captured a vivid portrait of the hypocritical mentality of the next generation of Republican leaders. See for yourself.