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If you have not heard by now, actress Gwyneth Paltrow has been subjected to a Twitter attack by Cindy McCain, wife of Senator John McCain. Paltrow recently made a casual, off the cuff remark about being in the public eye, and dealing with vicious comments from internet commenters. Here’s what Paltrow said:

You come across (Internet comments) about yourself and about your friends, and it’s a very dehumanizing thing. It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it. My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience.

Yep, that’s it: A stellar American film star, who made a not so stellar, yet totally innocent, comparison between her own emotional experiences and the horrors of war. Yet apparently Cindy McCain, who herself is not enlisted in the U.S. military, has a “zero tolerance policy” for American actresses who employ war analogies to describe their emotional lives, something that millions upon millions of people probably do everyday. Taking to Twitter, McCain wrote about Paltrow:

Gwyneth Paltrow is a joke. Her life is like taking bullets for a soldier. What a joke! My 2 sons serving in the military should talk to her.

Perhaps Gwyneth Paltrow should go out on patrol with some soldiers. Kind of like a Red Carpet in her mind I guess!


Of course, Gwyneth Paltrow seems to be a very peace-oriented person – not the type that would like to go on patrol in Afghanistan; a war that most Americans -likewise -don’t want to touch with a ten foot pole.

If Cindy McCain really and truly believes that the ongoing Afghanistan war – which President Obama has now extended again to 2016 – is both just and necessary, she should give her Twitter account a rest, and perhaps turn down any more opportunities for more glam photo shoots for Vogue magazine - and enlist in the U.S. Army or Marines.

Cindy McCain recently turn 60-years-old. Isn’t that too old to enlist in the nation’s war effort? No, it’s not, as proven by Army Major Steven Hutichison, a Vietnam War vet, who re-enlisted in the Army when he was 58, and who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq when he was 60. Here’s what his brother told the Associated Press upon his death in 2009:

He was very devoted to the service and to his country,” Richard Hutchison said. “I didn’t want him to do it, but he had a mind of his own and that’s what he wanted to do.”

So if this American who believed the post-9/11 wars were just, and who then put his body where his mouth was despite being of non-traditional age for enlistment, why shouldn’t Cindy McCain woman-up and do the same?

There would certainly be more integrity in such an enlistment decision than attacking the freedom of personal expression of an American citizen, Gwyneth Paltrow, who means no harm to anyone.

Then again, folks like Cindy McCain who love to drum up the martial spirit in Americans, especially in young men, even as they themselves never enlist in these pointless wars, don’t have that kind of integrity.

Indeed, it’s the same lack of integrity that permits them to make the utterly outlandish claim that any of these wars are about “defending American freedoms” – freedoms, as evidenced by McCain’s intolerant behavior towards Paltrow, they have no genuine respect for anyway.


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