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CHICKENHAWK HEADQUARTERS
Name Employer Year
Born
Relevant
Conflict
Avoided
Lame
Excuse
Preferred
Activity
Bush, George W Citizenry 1946 Vietnam   A.W.O.L.
Cheney, Dick Citizenry 1941 Vietnam   "had other priorities"
 

BARKING HEAD BRIGADE
Name Employer Year
Born
Relevant
Conflict
Avoided
Lame
Excuse
Preferred
Activity
Hume, Brit Faux TV 1943 Vietnam    
Keyes, Alan Faux TV 1950 Vietnam   Harvard
Limbaugh, David Radio? 1952 Vietnam   National Guard
Limbaugh, Rush Radio 1951 Vietnam anal cysts  
Reagan, Michael Radio? unk Vietnam    

THE BUREAUCRATIC BATTALION
Name Position Year
Born
Relevant
Conflict
Avoided
Lame
Excuse
Preferred
Activity
Abraham, Spencer Energy Sec. 1952 Vietnam   Harvard Law
Abrams, Elliott State Dept. 1948 Vietnam bad back college, grad school
Adelman, Ken Bureaucrat unk Vietnam skin rash  
Bolton, John State Dept. 1948 Vietnam    
Card, Andrew High-Level Flunky 1947 Vietnam    
Evans, Don Commerce Sec. 1946 Vietnam   Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Hutchinson, Asa Drug Tsar 1950 Vietnam    
Perle, Richard Bureaucrat 1941+C59 Vietnam    
Pitt, Harvey Bureaucrat unk Vietnam   Law school
Stockman, David Budget-Boy 1946 Vietnam    
Thompson, Tommy Bureaucrat 1947 Vietnam   National Guard
Walters, John Drug Tsar unk Vietnam    
Wolfowitz, Paul Bureaucrat unk Vietnam    
 

JAG
Name Position Year
Born
Relevant
Conflict
Avoided
Lame
Excuse
Preferred
Activity
Ashcroft, John "Justice" 1942 Vietnam   teaching business ed
Kennedy, Arthur Judge of sorts 1936 Vietnam   lawyering
Olson, Ted Solicitor General unk Vietnam    
Scalia, Antonin Associate Justice   Vietnam    
Starr, Ken Persecutor 1947 Vietnam psoriasis  
Thomas, Clarence Tool 1948 Vietnam    
 

THE POLITICIANS PLATOON
Name Franchise Year
Born
Relevant
Conflict
Avoided
Lame
Excuse
Preferred
Activity
Alexandar, Lamar ex-Gov. (Tenn.)   Vietnam    
Barr, Bob US House (R-Ga.) 1948 Vietnam    
Bartlett, Roscoe US House (R-MD) 1926 WWII    
Bauer, Gary None 1946 Vietnam    
Blunt, Roy US House (R-Mo.) 1950 Vietnam    
Bush, Jeb Gov. - Fla. 1953 Vietnam    
Chambliss, Saxby US House (R-Ga.) 1943 Vietnam bad knees running
Craig, Larry Senator (R-Idaho) 1945 Vietnam    
DeLay, Tom US House (R-Tex) 1947 Vietnam   attended grad school
Engler, John Gov. - Mich. 1948 Vietnam "too fat," by 8 lbs.  
Gingrich, Newt ex-US House (R-Ga.) 1943 Vietnam   attended grad school
Giuliani, Rudy ex-Mayor, NYC 1944 Vietnam    
Gramm, Phil Senate (R-Tex.) 1942 Vietnam   marriage deferment
Hastert, Dennis US House (R-Ill.) 1942 Vietnam bad knees wrestling coach (huh?)
Hutchinson, Tim Senate (R-Ark.) 1949 Vietnam    
Keating, Frank Gov. - Okla. 1944 Vietnam    
Kemp, Jack ex-US House (R-NY) 1935 Vietnam bum knee football
Lieberman, Joe Senate (Conn.) 1942 Vietnam    
Lott, Trent Senate (R-Miss.) 1941 Vietnam   cheerleader
McConnell, Mitch Senator (R-Ky.) 1942 Vietnam   lawyering
Meyers, Herbert House Candidate, Wash. 1943/46 Vietnam    
Nickles, Don Senator (R-Okla.) 1948 Vietnam   cushy Guard slot
Quayle, Dan Veep 1947 Vietnam   National Guard
Reagan, Ronald Prez 1911 WWII   Hollywood
Romney, Mitt None yet 1947 Vietnam   BYU
Shelby, Richard Senator (R-Ala.) 1934 Vietnam    
Souder, Mark US House (R-IN) 1050 Vietnam    
Stone, Roger Consultant 1952± Vietnam    
Weber, Vin Politician 1952 Vietnam    
Weld, William ex-Gov. - Mass. 1945 Vietnam    
 

THE PROPAGANDA PLATOON
Name Employer Year
Born
Relevant
Conflict
Avoided
Lame
Excuse
Preferred
Activity
Adelman, Ken Right-Wing Conspiracy unk Vietnam?    
Ailes, Roger Faux TV 1940 Vietnam    
Bartley, Robert Wall St. unk Korea?    
Blitzer, Wolf CNN 1948 Vietnam    
Boortz, Neal Syndic. 1945 Vietnam    
Clancy, Tom Self-Amused ? Vietnam    
Coulter, Ann Right-Wing Conspiracy unk Desert Storm    
Doocy, Steve Faux-TV unk Desert Storm    
Feder, Don Syndic. unk Vietnam   law school
Forbes, Steve News Baron 1947 Vietnam    
Gottlieb, Alan Syndic. unk Vietnam   National Guard
Greenwood, Lee Record racket unk Vietnam    
Hannity, Sean Faux TV unk post-Vietnam    
Harvey, Paul ? 1918 WWII    
Kilmeade, Brian Faux-TV unk Desert Storm    
Kristol, William Vanity Press unk Vietnam    
Ledeen, Michael Think Tank Commando unk Vietnam    
Medved, Michael ? 1948 Vietnam   taught 3rd grade
McRaney, Gerald Hollywood 1947 Vietnam    
Olasky, Marvin U-Texas J-School 1950± Vietnam    
O'Reilly, Bill Faux TV 1949 Vietnam    
O'Rourke, P.J. Self-Amused 1947 Vietnam    
Savage, Michael Radio unk Vietnam    
Snow, Tony Faux TV unk Vietnam    
Stallone, Sylvester La-La Land 1946 Vietnam   private girls school
Stein, Ben Comedy Channel 1944 Vietnam   attended law school
Tyrrell, R. Emmett Propagandist unk Vietnam    
Wayne, John Propagandist 1907 WWII    
Will, George Propagandist 1941 Vietnam   Divinity School
 

NEW HAMPSHIRE NOTABLES
Name Position
or
Employer
Year
Born
Relevant
Conflict
Avoided
Lame
Excuse
Preferred
Activity
Bass, Charlie Politician 1952 Vietnam    
Carmen, Gerald DC Lobbyist 1930 Korea   college
Chandler, John PH Ancestors? 1911 WWII   pencil pushing
Douglas, Chuck Unk 1942 Vietnam    
Finnegan, Jim Bill Loeb 1930 Korea   disk jockey
Gregg, Judd Politician 1947 Vietnam bad knees, acne college
Lessner, Dick Bill Loeb unk Vietnam   divinity school
Loeb, William Beelzebub 1905 WWII    
McQuaid, Joe Bill Loeb 1949 Vietnam "trick shoulder" copy boy
Rath, Tom Legal clients 1945 Vietnam   law school
Thomson, Meldrim Taxpayer 1912 WWII   pencil pushing
Thomson, Robb Taxpayer 1952 Vietnam    
Thomson, Peter Taxpayer 1941 Vietnam    
Tibbetts, Don Bill Loeb 1930 Korea   disk jockey
 

SUI GENERIS SQUAD
Name Modus
Operandi
Year
Born
Relevant
Conflict
Avoided
Lame
Excuse
Preferred
Activity
Bennett, Bill Public Scold 1943 Vietnam   attended grad school
Cohn, Roy Creep 1927 Korea   terrorism
Falwell, Jerry Holy Man 1933 Korea    
Gaffney, Frank Missile Salesman 1953 Vietnam zits  
Graham, Billy Holy man 1918 WWII    
LaPierre, Wayne Head Gun Nut unk Vietnam    
Nugent, Ted Noisemaker 1948 Vietnam    
Robertson, Pat Holy Man 1930 Korea    
Rove, Karl Puppeteer 1950 Vietnam   many schools; no degrees
Sinatra, Frank Entertainer 1915 WWII punctured eardrum  

Chickenhawk Notes

Definition

A chickenhawk is a term often applied to public persons - generally male - who (1) tend to advocate, or are fervent supporters of those who advocate, military solutions to political problems, and who have personally (2) declined to take advantage of a significant opportunity to serve in uniform during wartime.

Some individuals may qualify more for their political associations than for any demonstrated personal tendency towards bellicosity. Some women may be included for exceptional bellicosity.

There is another, less savory definition of the term chickenhawk. It is not relevant to this discussion; we intend no such associations to be drawn here.

This list is provisonal. The management of the Gazette is proud to have served the vital public function of assembling the best known list of American chickenhawks, but we confess - we declare and emphasize - that we have not the resources to tend to it properly. Therefore we declare it provisional: we acknowledge there may be faults - hell, we know there are.

Errors and Omissions

Anyone falsely characterized as a chickenhawk is particularly welcome to correct any errors. We encourage every interested American to feel free to nominate chickenhawks, or to fill in missing information. Nominations are solicited from all sources.

History

We assembled an earlier version of this list by merging two or three less complete lists. We then added more than a score of names ourselves. We posted the list to the Gazette's website in March, where it seemed to catch the public's interest. Twenty or more names were then added to create the list as you see it here.

Chickenhawk Details

George W. Bush: Yeah, right. He was in uniform. Big deal. See http://www.awolbush.com/

Bill Clinton: He may have launched a few cruise missiles to distract us from a dalliance with a girl half his age, but our judges believe he wasn't bellicose enough to make the cut. Your mileage may vary.

Tom Delay: "DeLay's excuse for having a yellow streak as wide as the Rio Grande down his back is truly imaginative, if you take a delight in the bizarre. The man who believes Dioxin is good for you (again, we are not making this up), claims that he volunteered for Vietnam, but all the spots were taken up by minorities, so he was not allowed to serve. Clearly all those years of exposure to toxic chemicals had some serious side effects on 'Ol Tom." - Esther and/or Jeff Clark

Sean Hannity: Too young for 'Nam, but anyone that bellicose could have horned in on Panama or Desert Storm somehow.

Paul Harvey: A complicated case. We're working on a dossier.

Trent Lott: "Dear Sir or Madam, Please be advised that Trent "Cheerleader" Lott is NOT a senator from Louisiana as you have mislabeled him but rather from the state of Mississippi. We have enough problems in Louisiana without someone thinking this toupee wearing, right wing fop is our Senator! - Please correct your entry and keep up the good work! - Rev. Kenneth M. Kafoed"

Ted Nugent: An amusing case. We're working on a dossier.

Richard Perle: We're working on a dossier.

Ronald Reagan: A complicated case. He remains listed because our judges believe his bellicosity outweighs his relatively painless service.

Pat Robertson: As we recall it, Pete McCloskey charged that Robertson's father got him posted to Japan shortly after his unit arrived in Korea. Robertson responded with a libel suit, which he later dropped. "[His own] libel suit [against fellow former Marine Pete McCloskey] turned out to be an embarrassment to Robertson. During depositions, Paul Brosnan, Jr., a retired university professor who served with Robertson in Korea, backed up [Congressman Pete] McCloskey's claim and went even further, asserting that the televangelist had consorted with prostitutes and had sexually harassed a Korean cleaning girl who worked in the barracks." --Rob Boston, The Most Dangerous Man in America, Prometheus Books, 1996.

Steven Spielberg: We read his films as ultimately adding to the glorification of war. Perhaps we're wrong. This nomination has been challenged, and is open to debate.

John Wayne: "Another notable Hollywood faker to consider is Marion Morrison. Born in 1907, he decided to jump past his competitors like Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda by using his married status as a reason to avoid volunteering for the cause. As John Wayne, a phony name for a phony man, he played a lot of war heroes, while he ran away from anything resembling patriotism, except the pose. - Ray Duray

Another Sort of Chickenhawk Altogether

We realized with a shudder today that with all the noise we've making about "chickenhawks" - who are in general a less-than inspiring lot - we've neglected to mention a self-described chickenhawk of an altogether different sort: Robert Mason.

Robert Mason was an Army helicopter pilot with the First Cavalry in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966. His best-selling memoir "Chickenhawk" will likely remain the definitive portrayal of the war as seen from the pilot's seat of a Huey.

In 1984, when Mason's "Chickenhawk" was on the New York Times best seller list, its author was in prison for trying to sail a boat full of marijuana into the country. How an ace Army helicopter pilot became a drug smuggler is revealed in Mason's second book, "Chickenhawk: Back in the World."

It will come as no surprise to Mason's fellow veterans that PTSD - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - had something to do with the course of his life after the war. Mason's aptly-named wife Patience wrote a valuable book of her own, Recovering From the War: A Guide for all Veterans, Family Members, Friends, and Therapists, published by Viking in 1990.

The fact that the term "chickenhawk" applies to belligerent draft dodgers like Saxby Chambliss and Tom Delay, and to men like Robert Mason, is, as far as we can tell, simply further proof that if you follow something to its extreme, you may meet its opposite.


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The assembler of this information meditates on his own service in Vietnam, in
Cognitive Dissonance and Moral Imperatives, or, From One Morgue to Another

The alleged "gentlemen" listed in this database are here because they share three qualities: bellicosity (a warlike manner or temperament), public prominence, and a curious lack of wartime service when others their age had no trouble finding the fight. (Sorry, Dan and George W. and Dan Q. - your safe, cushy National Guard slots won't help you now.) The fact that they's almost all Republicans is ... well, curious, don't you think? No doubt this list is incomplete. Readers are encouraged to nominate their favorite overlooked chickenhawks.