Carpetbagger, pseudonymously posting as "Steve Benen" at TPM, showcases an exchange between Naomi Wolf and an insane person in which the insane person rebutted Wolf's valid points by saying "Keep attacking, keep attacking Naomi, because you're going to look great in a burka. You're going to look super in a burka."
Carpetbagger responds to this by saying: This description may sound hyperbolic, but a surprising number of high-profile conservative voices actually believe that we're this close to an invasion and the replacement of our constitutional system with a radical Muslim theocracy.
But this simply isn't true. Conservatives don't really believe that we're about to be invaded. They're just bullshitting again. In fact, this is one of the primary points about referring to conservatives as "Chickenhawks". Because if they really believed civilization's survival was dependent on our victory, they most assuredly would make a point of having as many rightwingers join the military as possible. This wouldn't be about having Naomi Wolf shut-up with Ann Coulterish punchlines. They'd actually be serious.
And only an insane person would argue against reinstituting the draft, if this was as serious as they're pretending it is. The draft is only a bad idea when the underlying war is bad. But people won't mind being forced into fighting if their survival is really at stake. The Bushies most certainly know this, which is why the draft is definitely off the table. They know that people really aren't that serious about this war.
And even the very idea of this is entirely absurd. The strongest military in the world is having trouble subduing a second-world country the size of California, and we're supposed to believe that a non-army could possibly conquer all of America? The very thought of this is so entirely absurd that it's not even worthy of even half-hearted consideration.
But they don't really believe this. They don't truly believe this is the war of all wars. It's just empty rhetoric. They're just saying whatever they need to to make their point. They don't give a damn, and they assume we don't either. That crazy woman wasn't really making a point she found valid. She was just trying to score a cheap debate point against someone who had bested her. But you shouldn't think for a second that they really believe this stuff. They don't. And all they deserve for their troubles is open mockery and scorn.
And that's what Naomi's follow-up line should have been. I don't know what she actually said. But what she should have done was simply to laugh in the crazy person's face, given a sarcastic "Really?" and then laughed again before giving an "Alrightie then" and a few more laughs. The crazy person deserved no better. We really can't take this stuff seriously. Bullshit should never be treated as if it's rational or requires rebuttal. If the person saying something doesn't care what they're saying, we shouldn't either. They deserve nothing but mockery.