Tonight, Rachel Maddow is re-airing the documentary Hubris – The Selling of the Iraq War. I saw the first airing and I certainly recommend it for all Dems as a refresher for those of us old enough to have lived through it, but more importantly, as a history lesson for individuals in their teens and early twenties who were too young to fully comprehend what was happening – that the neo-cons were rushing the nation into a war based on a set of lies and manipulations that ultimately killed and wounded over a hundred thousand people on both sides.
Since the first airing, the original chickenhawks (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz) have made the rounds to say they stand behind their decision to take us to war and, in Cheney’s case, that he feels good about it and would do it again. Disgusting.
One particular chickenhawk/media-whore who took to the airwaves today is Michigan redneck Ted Nugent. Like the chickenhawks from the Bush Administration, he loves military weapons and talk of killing but, when it was his turn to go to war, he made sure he did not serve. Raw Story has the story, including Nugent’s description of how he dodged the draft, followed by his attempts to save face with the armed forces and veterans with a lot of false bravado:
Nugent notably boasted to High Times magazine in 1977 that he dodged fighting in the Vietnam War by defecating and vomiting on himself and his clothes and not washing, taking hard drugs and pretending to be mentally disturbed.
“I got my physical notice 30 days prior to. Well, on that day I ceased cleansing my body,” he said. “No more brushing my teeth, no more washing my hair, no baths, no soap, no water. Thirty days of debris build. I stopped shavin’ and I was 18, had a little scraggly beard, really looked like a hippie. I had long hair, and it started gettin’ kinky, matted up. Then two weeks before, I stopped eating any food with nutritional value. I just had chips, Pepsi, beer — stuff I never touched — buttered poop, little jars of Polish sausages, and I’d drink the syrup, I was this side of death. Then a week before, I stopped going to the bathroom. I did it in my pants. poop, piss the whole shot. My pants got crusted up.”
Additionally, prior to the physical interview, “I snorted some crystal methedrine. Talk about one wounded motherfucker. A guy put up four lines, and it was for all four of us, but I didn’t know and I’m vacuuming that poop right up. I was a walking, talking hunk of human poop.”
It was, to hear him say it, the military’s loss. “But you know the funny thing about it? I’d make an incredible army man. I’d be a colonel before you knew what hit you, and I’d have the baddest bunch of motherf*ckin’ killers you’d ever seen in my platoon. But I just wasn’t into it. I was too busy doin’ my own thing, you know?”
Btw: In the Raw Story article, Nugent says he’s always avoided things that would kill him, like “fat chicks”. What a douche.