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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Maureen Dowd: The Bitch is Back

Why No Tea and Sympathy?
By MAUREEN DOWD
WASHINGTON

W. can't get no satisfaction on Iraq.
There's an angry mother of a dead soldier camping outside his Crawford ranch, demanding to see a president who prefers his sympathy to be carefully choreographed.

This is the same mom who changed her story from a year ago, Maureen, care to comment how that happened?

A new CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll shows that a majority of Americans now think that going to war was a mistake and that the war has made the U.S. more vulnerable to terrorism. So fighting them there means it's more likely we'll have to fight them here?

Polls taken from where, NewYork? The Left Coast? Those aren't a real representation of the cross-section of Americans, Maureen....

Donald Rumsfeld acknowledged yesterday that sophisticated bombs were streaming over the border from Iran to Iraq.
And the Rolling Stones have taken a rare break from sex odes to record an antiwar song called "Sweet Neo Con," chiding Condi Rice and Mr. Bush. "You call yourself a Christian; I call you a hypocrite," Mick Jagger sings.

We know who's gonna be a Stones groupie at their next concert. Maureen, please keep your top on. Saggage is not a pretty sight. Ughhhh. Dowd's funny. She called Christians a bunch of hypocrites for voting GOP, but herself slams other Christians and expects them to be forgiving of her. I think she ought to be more worried how God will say about slandering his Believers, hypocrites or not....

The N.F.L. put out a press release on Monday announcing that it's teaming up with the Stones and ABC to promote "Monday Night Football." The flag-waving N.F.L. could still back out if there's pressure, but the mood seems to have shifted since Madonna chickened out of showing an antiwar music video in 2003. The White House used to be able to tamp down criticism by saying it hurt our troops, but more people are asking the White House to explain how it plans to stop our troops from getting hurt.

NFL is about money. And they may shy away if enough Americans get SICK of people and artists getting preachy and taking up airtime when they prefer to see goal kicks, touchdowns, interceptions, and so forth. Shut up and sing, and shut up and play!

Cindy Sheehan, a 48-year-old Californian with a knack for P.R., says she will camp out in the dusty heat near the ranch until she gets to tell Mr. Bush face to face that he must pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq. Her son, Casey, a 24-year-old Army specialist, was killed in a Sadr City ambush last year.

The mom strikes again.....Pulling a Max Cleland.

The president met with her family two months after Casey's death. Capturing W.'s awkwardness in traversing the line between somber and joking, and his love of generic labels, Ms. Sheehan said that W. had referred to her as "Mom" throughout the meeting, and given her the sense that he did not know who her son was.

Eesh, Dowd, is not just humoring this venomous attempt at slander, she's now giving the person ammo. Why aren't reporters reporting the differences between last year's Sheehan and this year's? Why not ask this question: Why the sudden and noticable change? Answer: It would expose their agenda. As if ackward reporting doesn't.

The Bush team tried to discredit "Mom" by pointing reporters to an old article in which she sounded kinder to W. If only her husband were an undercover C.I.A. operative, the Bushies could out him. But even if they send out a squad of Swift Boat Moms for Truth, there will be a countering Falluja Moms for Truth.

FYI Maureen, Joe Wilson was a liar, and that investigation is deader than disco.

It's amazing that the White House does not have the elementary shrewdness to have Mr. Bush simply walk down the driveway and hear the woman out, or invite her in for a cup of tea.

Gee Maureen, do think maybe they're busy handling the Free World also?

But W., who has spent nearly 20 percent of his presidency at his ranch, is burrowed into his five-week vacation and two-hour daily workouts. He may be in great shape, but Iraq sure isn't.

Maureen, we haven't seen you hit the gym recently. Also, I don't call meeting with world leaders and holding PDRs and security conferences at Crawford a "vacation." That 20 percent is heavily laden with Michael Moore crap, may I suggest cutting the crap, Maureen? Wait, that may cut your WHOLE PREMISE....

It's hard to think of another president who lived in such meta-insulation. His rigidly controlled environment allows no chance encounters with anyone who disagrees. He never has to defend himself to anyone, and that is cognitively injurious. He's a populist who never meets people - an ordinary guy who clears brush, and brush is the only thing he talks to. Mr. Bush hails Texas as a place where he can return to his roots. But is he mixing it up there with anyone besides Vulcans, Pioneers and Rangers?
W.'s idea of consolation was to dispatch Stephen Hadley, the national security adviser, to talk to Ms. Sheehan, underscoring the inhumane humanitarianism of his foreign policy. Mr. Hadley is just a suit, one of the hard-line Unsweet Neo Cons who helped hype America into this war.
It's getting harder for the president to hide from the human consequences of his actions and to control human sentiment about the war by pulling a curtain over the 1,835 troops killed in Iraq; the more than 13,000 wounded, many shorn of limbs; and the number of slain Iraqi civilians - perhaps 25,000, or perhaps double or triple that. More people with impeccable credentials are coming forward to serve as a countervailing moral authority to challenge Mr. Bush.
Paul Hackett, a Marine major who served in Iraq and criticized the president on his conduct of the war, narrowly lost last week when he ran for Congress as a Democrat in a Republican stronghold in Cincinnati. Newt Gingrich warned that the race should "serve as a wake-up call to Republicans" about 2006.
Selectively humane, Mr. Bush justified his Iraq war by stressing the 9/11 losses. He emphasized the humanity of the Iraqis who desire freedom when his W.M.D. rationale vaporized.
But his humanitarianism will remain inhumane as long as he fails to understand that the moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute.

Selectively humane? Being humane is something this witch would never know. She talks a great game, but I have yet to see her do anything better. Maureen Dowd, take the plank from your own eye, before inspecting the spec in George's. Oh wait, you don't listen to Christians. Well, how about this, what goes around comes around. Karma is a bitch, and apparently so art thou...

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LINK TO ARTICLE: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/10/opinion/10dowd.html?ei=5090&en=e3acb1a7b96946da&ex=1281326400&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=print

8 Comments:

  • At 8:34 AM, Blogger Don Myers said…

    Drudge cites The Vacaville Reporter in his typically dishonest story.

    The Vacaville Reporter, on the other hand, claims that his story is full of shit:


    Under the headline, "Protesting soldier mom changed story on Bush," only portions of our story were printed. Left out were the Sheehans' reservations about the war.

    The online report claimed Cindy Sheehan "dramatically changed her account about what happened when she met the commander in chief last summer!"

    We don't think there has been a dramatic turnaround. Clearly, Cindy Sheehan's outrage was festering even then.

     
  • At 12:45 PM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    Myers, didn't we agree once not to post on eachother's blogs? I guess the cease fire is over, by your choice. Also, if anyone is full of crapola, it's Cindy Sheehan, and she's vying to either hurt or get W impeached, or derail the war effort. Also, screw the polls, most Americans support the troops.

    Drudge, typically dishonest? Yeah, be honest like Dan Rather's lying self was doctoring National Guard MEmos at Kinkos. Pot calling the kettle black, you twit.

     
  • At 1:05 PM, Blogger Demosthenes said…

    From the link:

    The online report claimed Cindy Sheehan "dramatically changed her account about what happened when she met the commander in chief last summer!"

    Well yes...they do differ dramatically. Here is what Sheehan is saying now. That stands in pretty stark contrast to an earlier recollection of the same event.

     
  • At 1:13 PM, Blogger Don Myers said…

    Well kids, you can believe what the right wing media tells you Ms. Sheehan says, or you can believe what Ms. Sheehan actually says.

    As you must know, the right wing media has been in full attack mode, and they're suggesting that you're just a patsy, someone who's deluded, who's been brainwashed, a patsy for the anti-war movement. What is your response to that?

    My response is "baloney." I'm not a patsy for the anti-war movement: War is wrong, this war is wrong, and our kids need to come home.

    One of the things they're saying most recently is that you already met with President Bush. What was that first meeting like, what was going through your mind? Because I know in the full news report it came out that you did have reservations about the war already, even at the time of the first meeting.

    Right, I did have reservations about the war before Casey was killed. But also, in that first meeting, I was in shock. We just buried Casey barely two months before. I think it's really ironic that they're so willing to assiduously scrutinize the mother of a war hero, a grieving mother, a mother filled with shock and grief, but they won't even scrutinize a president when he says Saddam has weapons of mass destruction, when everybody else is saying, "No, he doesn't." If the mainstream media and the right-wing media hadn't been such propaganda tools for Washington D.C., my son might still be alive.

     
  • At 1:31 PM, Blogger Demosthenes said…

    Well kids, you can believe what the right wing media tells you Ms. Sheehan says, or you can believe what Ms. Sheehan

    Ah yes...the omnipotent "right-wing media". Nice little evasion you've engaged in, well done. Here's what I think. Sheehan possibly lied the first time because she thought Bush was "nice", and then when she decided he wasn't "nice" she told the truth. The newsworthiness of her earlier account is obvious as it contains contemporaneous quotes from Sheehan that were the exact opposite of what she says now about that meeting.

    But also, in that first meeting, I was in shock. We just buried Casey barely two months before.

    This statement does not address her disparate versions of the meeting, just her perspective on it.

     
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  • At 4:46 PM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    Singles promos? I thought Spam was blocked?

     
  • At 8:36 AM, Blogger Mooneyguy said…

    "The mom strikes again.....Pulling a Max Cleland."

    Wasn't he the guy that actually served in Vietnam, unlike Bush or Cheney? Yeah, I thought so...

     

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