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Chickenhawk is an epithet used in American politics to criticize a politician, bureaucrat, or commentator who votes for war, supports war, commands a war, or develops war policy, but has not personally served in the military, especially one who opted out of a previous war on dubious grounds. The term is generally used in the ad hominem circumstantial context: since a so-called "chickenhawk" has not served in war, the implication is that that person is ill-equipped to support a war. This is usually argued to be the case because of the "chickenhawk's" lack of experience with the true costs of war, or the "chickenhawk's" perceived hypocrisy and lack of moral standing to force others to risk death or injury when they were not willing to risk their own life and limb when given the chance. Being a Chickenhawk is behavior consistent with being a late 20th century American conservative because it involves shifting costs onto others while retaining benefits.

An alternative defintion is that a Chickenhawk is "A person enthusiastic about war, provided someone else fights it; particularly when that enthusiasm is undimmed by personal experience with war; most emphatically when that lack of experience came in spite of ample opportunity in that person's youth." Source: Chickenhawk Database



Chickenhawk is a compound of "chicken" as in "coward" and "hawk" as in "pro-war," thus a chickenhawk is someone who is in favor of a war as long as someone else does the fighting and dying. While the term may have been used as early as the World War II era, its use was revived circa 1992 in a newsgroup post and later in the printed media on November 15, 2000 article by journalist Richard Roeper in the Chicago Sun-Times. He criticized what, in his opinion, was George W. Bush's "chickenhawk stance on the Vietnam War." The term may have been used before that date during campaigning for the 2000 U.S. Presidential election—opponents of Dick Cheney, who never served in the United States armed forces, were upset by his criticism of the Clinton Administration's military policies. Bill Clinton himself not only never fought in combat, he is actually the only U.S. president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt to never have served in the military at all.

Chickenhawk counterarguments

War supporters who have not served in the military have made a number of counterarguments that, they claim, expose fallacies in the chickenhawk argument. Among these points are

Members of the Chickenhawk Brigade include:

See Also

People mistaken for Combat Veterans

Further reading

External links

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This page was last modified 21:57, 25 August 2008 by roger. Based on work by Chad Lupkes and Bartfart and dKosopedia user(s) Despot, Deaniack, ChuckyDucky, BartFraden, GoVOTE, Centerfielder, Truth revealed, DRolfe, JamesB and JamesB3. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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