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Marco Rubio Makes ‘Keyboard Cowboy’ The New Chickenhawk

During the Republican presidential primary, Marco Rubio decried Donald Trump as dangerous for our country. As such, some were a bit surprised when Rubio announced that not only would he vote for the Republican candidate, he’d be “honored to be considered” to speak on his behalf. What Rubio isn’t real keen on is being questioned about this decision.

When Philip Klein suggested “Donald Trump has exposed Marco Rubio,” Rubio responded with, “Funny piece…Easy to be a ‘Keyboard Cowboy.’ I actually ran and spent a year away from home trying to prevent choice before us.” Got that? The only people allowed to criticize politicians are other politicians. That should do wonders for the country.

It’s all reminiscent of a lazy pejorative that used to get lobbed around more frequently when a Democrat wasn’t the one ordering armed sky robots to do his bidding in the Middle East. That term is “chickenhawk,” a person who advocates for war without enlisting in the military. The New Hampshire Gazette, among other sites, even maintains a “Chickenhawk Hall of Shame.” The list doesn’t have a date for when Rubio was added, although presumably before he called for drafting our wives and daughters to fight in Libya.

What supposedly makes “chickenhawk” such a devastating line of attack is the idea that those who aren’t in the business of actually going to war have no business influencing how the military conducts itself. Those who lob it about rarely seem concerned if the commander in chief or other elected representatives with whom they agree have opinions about the military; the term is only deployed when someone with an opinion that differs from the one who utters it offers support for military action, kinetic or otherwise.

Marco Rubio Is Who His Critics Thought He Was

Now Marco, once presented as the sunny hope for a new generation of conservative leadership, is tossing about the equivalent of “chickenhawk” against those who have the temerity to suggest that maybe, just maybe, backtracking on his statements about Trump being mentally unfit and dangerous isn’t consistent with the pure and cool image he cultivated.

Sure, he’s a party man and he’s not leaving politics. As a party man with an eye on his own political future, maybe such support is necessary to an extent, but to impugn those who actually stick to their ideological guns tends to prove correct those who questioned his authenticity. Perhaps he should read Sun Tzu instead of focusing on the long game: “In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns.”

In other words, Rubio is who his critics thought he was. Not only is he going sour grapes since people didn’t have the wisdom to give him the nomination, he’s engaging in verbal attacks reminiscent of a Code Pink rally as he positions himself for future runs. Maybe that whole Gang of Eight thing was more…

 if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.


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