Saturday, January 13, 2007

Rice/Snow Play Dumb About Boxer Comments

Much hay is being made over Senator Barbara Boxer's comments to Condoleeza Rice during the hearings the other day. [Sorry for the Fox link].
"Who pays the price? I'm not going to pay a personal price. My kids are too old and my grandchild is too young," Boxer said. "You're not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family. So who pays the price? The American military and their families."

And Rice played dumb about what it meant.
"[Well, garsh,] I guess that means I don't have kids. Was that the purpose of that?" Rice said. "Well, at the time I just found it a bit confusing frankly. But in retrospect, gee, I thought single women had come further than that. That the only question is are you making good decisions because you have kids?"

When my husband walked in the door during her testimony, I asked him, "How do you know Condoleeza Rice is lying?" Rice is like Bill Cosby's description of the honesty of children: "They only tell the truth when they have pain."

That goes for Tony Snow, too:
"I don't know if she was intentionally that tacky, but I do think it's outrageous. Here you got a professional woman, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Barbara Boxer is sort of throwing little jabs because Condi doesn't have children, as if that means that she doesn't understand the concerns of parents. Great leap backward for feminism."

Yes, Tony Snow and the Right, champions of feminism. Everything that comes from the White House and the Right is such tired, lame BS.

For several years, time and time again, we on the Left have made the same point Boxer was making. The people in power, including the ones who are married and do have children, have nothing personally at stake with family members who are in harm's way in Iraq. Their useless family members, living off the largesse of their war-profiteering parents, are safe from war (though their own irresponsible behavior is another story).

That's the whole point of Rangel's push to reinstate the draft, as well. He doesn't really want the draft, he wants to force those in power who blithely make life and death decisions for other people to stop and think a moment. He wants debate and caution, things you don't get from people who have nothing personally at stake and are apparently raving sociotpaths.

I, for one, am grateful Rice doesn't have kids. There's hope for the next generation when an unconscionable liar doesn't get the opportunity to create little monsters in her own image.

However, "immediate family" also refers to parents and siblings. Was Boxer suggesting Rice is an orphan, all alone in the world? What a Dickensian jab!Orphans everywhere should be outraged.

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