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Matthew Continetti from the Weekly Standard is taken to task by a C-SPAN caller for his support of the war while being unwilling to serve in it himself. Continetti attacks the caller and doesn't ever say why he's not willing to serve. He also does not acknowledge that there are a lot of soldiers there against their wills who are serving under stop-loss provisions.

More video of the interview below.

He then goes on to take a call from a Republican who thinks it would be a good idea to offer to have illegal immigrants serve in Iraq as a path to citizenship. Continetti says it's not necessary and claims we're meeting our recruiting goals without it, which is a lie. The only reason we've met our recruting goals is because they've been lowered. Our soldiers have been stop-lossed and forced to serve for longer terms to make up the difference to the point where the military is being broken.

Continetti then gets another "reasonable" caller who says that the Iraq war was based on lies and on how the troops who are having their tours of duty being extended are being lied to. Continetti replies by trying to say that the war wasn't based on lies, ignores the question about the extended tours, and then says we should ignore how we got to Iraq and focus on what we do next, and then talks about the dilemma of the Democrats who voted for Bush's authority to begin with who are running for office.

Given that this guy is a Bill Kristol underling at the Weekly Standard, none of this is surprising out of him. Once again these chickenhawks who love war so much have little to say about their unwillingness to serve while smirking at the American public and making no apologies for their stance. The smug demeanor of this guy during the whole interview says a lot. He thinks he's better than the rest of us. I just thought this was one of the more sickening things I've watched on C-SPAN in a while. For the entire segment, go to C-SPAN.org and click on the recent videos link and hit the one titled Matthew Continetti, Weekly Standard, Associate Editor.

Originally posted to uniongal on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 06:08 PM PDT.

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  •  Tips for... (20+ / 0-)

    the caller who gave this guy a piece of his ass. I just wish they hadn't cut him off!

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    by uniongal on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 06:03:22 PM PDT

  •  Big Lie, Big Lie, Big Lie (8+ / 0-)

    lather, rinse and repeat.

    Earlier tonight on his show Keith Olbermann showed a short clip of Karl Rove, speaking to a group in Colorado about Rumsfeld's  decision to stop a mission to capture bin Laden in 20005. Rove says, "We [the U.S.] would have a problem with taking unilateral action in a sovereign country."

    Several in the group just laughed at Rove (at least that was the impression I got) for the unintended irony of his comment.

    I don't think the Bush bunch are yet aware of how ignorant they sound or how many Americans are beginning to realize it.

    "We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims." R. Buckminster Fuller

    by scoff0165 on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 06:19:01 PM PDT

    •  Repugnant (5+ / 0-)
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      devtob, AaronBa, marina, scoff0165, uniongal

      That is what I feel whenever I see that piece if filth's mug anywhere.  Duh-bya makes my stomach churn and my middle finger salutes him by reflex...but Rover?  He's the sludge beneath the bottom of the barrel kind of filth!

      I'm glad to see that more and more people are coming around to the truth...I'm thrilled that Michael Moore got to have his way with Wolfie today...and I feel that there is a major change coming to us (good or bad, I'm not sure...I just feel a drastic change coming)...but these enablers to evil, like this punk, are really really dangerous creatures that walk among us!  I just don't know how it is that they can do and say what they do..and then feel good about themselves afterward.  They have GOT to know that they're lying to their fellow American citizens!  They have GOT to know that they're manipulating entire populations with these lies!  They sincerely have GOT to know that their lying is making people DIE. EVERY. DAY!  It boggles my mind what it is they must say to themselves in order to truly justify their choices to become the minions they've become...

      •  Me too.... (3+ / 0-)
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        I've been waiting for this to load up on You Tube so for anyone who didn't catch it yet here is the Michael Moore video:

        I was glad to see Moore give Wolf a hard time and I'll be even happier if I see this sort of thing more often. More and more these guys cannot go anywhere without being harassed, so they know full well what they're doing. They just think so many of us are either too stupid or too helpless to do anything about it. I think the tide is turning also. I'm finding more and more people are willing to talk about what's happening to our country, and boy are they fed up with the press.

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        by uniongal on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 07:04:49 PM PDT

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    •  They don't care.... (3+ / 0-)
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      how ignorant they sound. Rove sticks his middle finger in the public's face every time he opens his rotten putrid mouth.

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      by uniongal on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 07:07:57 PM PDT

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  •  Who's his daddy? (5+ / 0-)

    That guy is like 12 years old.  I can not believe he's done all that stuff and got all that access without some help.  I can find nothing on the guy.  Who's his daddy?

    •  All I could find on him... (2+ / 0-)
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      is this bit:

      Matthew Continetti graduated from Columbia University in May 2003. While at Columbia he was a productive journalist, writing for the Columbia Spectator and ISI's magazine, CAMPUS. In summer 2002 his work led to a Collegiate Network internship at National Review, and this past spring he submitted a winning entry for ISI's annual Campus Outrage Awards. He is currently a CN fellow and editorial assistant at the Weekly Standard, gaining valuable experience before he makes a name for himself in the world of journalism.

      And he has a book out where he tries to say the the K Street Gang is responsible for all of the Republicans' woes. Looks like he's some young apologist who writes well enough that they decided to give him a little "nuturing" at The Weekly Standard. Couldn't find much else on him. His daddy is probably some buddy of Kristol's.

      I agree with you on his looks. The guy doesn't even look like he shaves yet.

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      by uniongal on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 07:14:20 PM PDT

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      •  You Should Post Some of This... (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Thanks (1+ / 0-)
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        uniongal

        All I could find were reviews of his books and articles he wrote. Time to do some digging.

      •  He IS an articulate (1+ / 0-)
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        uniongal

        little liar.

        Repeal the Military Commissions Act!

        by marina on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 08:07:56 PM PDT

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        •  Yeah he's one of these.... (1+ / 0-)
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          neocons who thinks all of their imperialist goals are just great the the Republican party is just great if only the Tom DeLay's, Newt Gingrich's and Jack Abramoff's hadn't messed it up for the really good good Republicans like Bill Kristol. They have those bigger thefts in mind don't you know.

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          by uniongal on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 08:34:01 PM PDT

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          •  Everything is just fine (1+ / 0-)
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            in neocon land, tra-la, where no one ever gets dirty and war is only an abstraction, so there's really no need to actually participate. It's all just a mental exercise.

            I'd better stop here before I lapse into "yelling at the wingnut guest" mode, LOL.

            Repeal the Military Commissions Act!

            by marina on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 08:58:58 PM PDT

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      •  He's just another Chickhawk Pussy. (2+ / 0-)
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        All of these jack-asses need to have a knock on the door at 3AM, where they are drug off to an intake center for processing into the Army and sent off to Iraq that afternoon.

        I'm not ready to make nice, I'm not ready to back down, I'm still mad as hell... Dixie Chicks

        by UndercoverRxer on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 08:33:16 PM PDT

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        •  You've got that right and he and... (2+ / 0-)
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          Fred Kagan and Rush Limbaugh would all be peeing their pants if they actually had to see real warfare. I don't have a problem with that generally since most people are not cut out for it, but not when you're promoting war and wanting the other guy to go.

          I got the biggest kick out of Al Franken's book Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot where he does the parody titled "Operation Chickenhawk". It's a fictional account where he places Dan Quale, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, Pat Buchanan, Phil Gramm, Clarence Thomas, and George Will all in the same unit in Vietnam and they end up fragging Ollie North who is their lieutenant rather than having to fight. It was absolutely hysterical. I had tears in my eyes after reading it.

          Sadly what these people are doing is not funny in the least but I always have appreciated Franken's ability to make me laugh when I really wanted to cry.

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          by uniongal on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 08:48:30 PM PDT

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          •  A little story. (1+ / 0-)
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            2 summers ago my family was visiting Chicago, and we went downtown to Grant Park to the Taste of Chicago. Among the booths there was a display by the Army. I can deal with that. In front of the booth was a group of young men handing out some support the troops flyers. They were of college age, so I walked over, made some small talk to engage them, and after they seemed comfy, I asked how long they had been in the service (knowing full well they were not in) and they told me they weren't in the service. So I asked what disabilties had them ineligble to serve. None, they said. So I finally asked them when they were enlisting. They said that they had other priorities. I called them cowards, and spit towards the ground as I walked away.

            I'm not ready to make nice, I'm not ready to back down, I'm still mad as hell... Dixie Chicks

            by UndercoverRxer on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 08:55:58 PM PDT

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            •  These chickenhawks... (1+ / 0-)
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              never cease to astound me. Thanks for sharing the story and glad to see someone calling them out. If you don't support a war's goals enough to go fight in it, then you really don't support that war. If this war was really one where it meant our national security was at risk, or one where we were under attack, I've got no doubt that people would be enlisting, but everyone knows what this jig is about, and it's all about stealing their oil revenues for the oil companies. I only hope that Americans wake up to what's going on. I think they are slowly. I went to a wedding this past weekend, and it wasn't taboo to talk politics for once. People are fed up and pissed off, and finally looking like they're willing to talk about what's going on.

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              by uniongal on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 09:48:58 PM PDT

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              •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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                If there was a genuine threat to the country, I'd enlist to protect my family, and I'm 47 yrs old. I'd hope my daughter and oldest son (23 & 18) would be there with me. But this crap, no way.

                If you look back to the last war we faced for survival of our way of life, WWII, you saw many liberals enlist, fight, and die to maintain our freedom. But then again, we didn't have the dumb it down media and a loathing of knowledge about our past like we do now.

                What it really boils down to is that most conservatives are deep down cowards, that's why they hate change and they hate the expansion of knowledge. It's not really changed since the beginning of civilization.

                I'm not ready to make nice, I'm not ready to back down, I'm still mad as hell... Dixie Chicks

                by UndercoverRxer on Tue Jul 10, 2007 at 07:29:57 AM PDT

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  •  I Love the Bit.. (4+ / 0-)
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    ..about it being unconstitutional to ask someone to put their money where their mouth is, so to speak!

    This guy is a complete loon!

  •  It's impossible for me to do because of work, (5+ / 0-)
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    but all hail to C-SPAN callers who call Bushites on their bullshit.

    In EVERY possible venue, the Bushite chickenhawks must be confronted with their murderous hypocrisy.

    The Republicans want to cut YOUR Social Security benefits.

    by devtob on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 06:50:52 PM PDT

  •  interesting clip (2+ / 0-)
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    thanks for posting it

  •  I love it when occasionally (1+ / 0-)
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    a C-Span caller actually gets to finish his comment. Other than the hate spewers and obscene callers, that is. Is that unconstitutional of me?

    Repeal the Military Commissions Act!

    by marina on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 08:11:04 PM PDT

    •  Certainly.... (1+ / 0-)
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      NOT....lol. I get a kick out of listening to them every morning. I swear the scariest ones are the really old right wing ladies that call up on there. I never would have thought Rush Limbaugh had that many decrepid old women loving him but it appears he must because they've sure as hell got his talking points down.

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      by uniongal on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 08:18:37 PM PDT

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  •  Look, I'm Italian. "So I can get away with this." (1+ / 0-)
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    What's with all the right-wing authoritarian
    Italians? Giuliani, Continetti, Molinari, Fossella,
    de Fazio, Domenici, you know the list and can add to it. That's why we desperately need the likes of
    Pelosi and we should be proud of her. I hate to say it,
    but most Italians in political life are assholes.
    I used to be proud, but where are the new Mario Cuomos,
    per amore di Jesucristo? Tell me I'm wrong. (And I'm
    not defaming Italians! Just the reactionary Italian
    tradition!)

  •  Ooh Gurl... (0+ / 0-)

    Matthew Continetti's got them DSL's ! ! !

  •  He Looks EXACTLY Like Bill Kristol (0+ / 0-)

    Same smirk, phony smile ... incredible.  Looks like a Billy Clone!  He must spend hours "at the feet" of his chicken hawk God.  Either that or he watches hours and hours of BK video and practices in a mirror.  He's got it down all the way to the squeezing of his hands to deflect his anger when caught lying.

    "Success is not no violence." - GWB - 5/2/2007

    by Kdoug on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 06:14:48 PM PDT

  •  Wait (1+ / 0-)
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    Did he honestly just say the caller's argument was "unconstitutional?"

    Let's back up a second and replay this brilliant logical progression.  I give a close to verbatim quote, adding bold in places:

    "...he raises a point that's brought up against supporters of the war a lot, and that's the argument that if you really supported the war, you'd be fighting it.  And unfortunately that goes against the constitution which gives every American the right to speak their mind regardless of their biography or what they do.  So, it's an unconstitutional argument, it's a demeaning argument..."

    In other, completely unrelated news, John Edwards is not allowed to care about poor people till he lives in a trailer and Al Gore is prohibited from talking about global warming till he goes to live in a grass hut.

  •  Where's the lightning bolt on his forehead? (2+ / 0-)
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    I just can’t believe the wingnuts have the nerve to call us the "liberal elite". I mean, this guy is the walking definition of an elitist.

    I do give him credit, though. It does take a certain amount of mental gymnastics to come to the rationalization that this war is so important that someone else should go fight it. It’s not everyone who is willing to expose themselves as such a gutless coward. Most people I know have more pride in themselves than that.

  •  How many times was his lunch money stolen ... (1+ / 0-)
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    when he was a kid?

    That would have been my question.

    There is no doubt that he's the type of kid that, just by his very demeanor, incites other kids to accost him in the hallway, rough him up a bit, and intimidate him until he hands over daddy's $20 bill.

    Frankly, I want to steal his lunch money.

    "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

    by Glinda on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 04:22:53 AM PDT

  •  Matthew Continetti on Truth Serum (1+ / 0-)
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    "I consider myself a philosopher-king and philosopher-kings send the citizens who we view as being below us, gentlemen and the vulgar to fight and die in the wars we concoct.

    My part in the ideal neoconservative view of society is to whisper advice into the ears of rulers."

  •  Continetti (1+ / 0-)
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    My vocabulary won't permit me to express the disgust I have for cowards like this cretin. If he were in 130 degree heat Iraq with a gun he would be IN-contine.... And it isn't an all voluntary army. Many don't volunteer for 3rd and fourth tours. Governors aren't suing the government because their Guard Units are volunteering and are leaving their states vulnerable to the aftermath of disasters. What a chickenshit asshole. My vocabulary is improving.

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