In 2007, folksy war addict Mike Huckabee told Meet the Press viewers that it’s dangerous “to oppose a sitting commander in chief while we’ve got people being shot at on the ground.” But it’s election time! So now, willing Americans, stay out of the military until you have a commander in chief that pleases Huck.
Speaking to conservative Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson late last week, the pork-fried former Arkansas governor (whose website teases a very important announcement in two weeks) said patriots who are willing to fight and die to support and defend the Constitution of the United States should, like, just hang out till 2017, because who wants to die for the bozo in the White House right now?
According to Right Wing Watch, Huckabee complained that President Obama’s “open hostility toward the Christian faith” made it impossible for truly god-fearing Americans to serve in uniform. Then came this fun exchange:
“Why would they want to be in a military that would be openly hostile and not just simply bring some scorn to their faith, but would punish them for it?” [Huckabee] asked.
This led Mickelson to ask Huckabee what he would tell parents whose children are considering joining the armed forces.
“There’s nothing more honorable than serving one’s country and there’s no greater heroes to our country than our military,” he responded, “but I might suggest to parents, I’d wait a couple of years until we get a new commander-in-chief that will once again believe ‘one nation under god’ and believe that people of faith should be a vital part of the process of not only governing this country, but defending this country.”
Sounds perfectly consistent with the purulent pundit’s political paradigm—except that it strikes a decidedly different tone than Huck was singing in 2007, at the height of disaffection with President Bush’s waging of the Iraq war. After telling MTP’s Tim Russert that Bush “did a great job of going in and toppling Saddam Hussein,” Huckabee was asked whether he would oppose sending more troops to war. He answered with a patriotic vow of loyalty to the White House:
GOV. HUCKABEE: I think that’s a dangerous position to take, to oppose a sitting commander in chief while we’ve got people being shot at on the ground. I think it’s one thing to have a debate and a discussion about this strategy, but to openly oppose, in essence, the strategy, I think that can be a very risky thing for our troops.
Do the troops currently on the ground in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa and elsewhere deserve the same blanket “consideration” Huck extended the grunts eight years ago? Well, that was a different commander in chief. Clearly, anyone fighting for this president is a godless automaton. Things will be different under Huck’s new model army. Man, I can’t wait for ’17!
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