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08-10-2005, 11:23 AM
August 10, 2005
Why No Tea and Sympathy?
By Maureen Dowd (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/opinion/editorialsandoped/oped/columnists/maureendowd/index.html?inline=nyt-per)
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.
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?

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.
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.
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 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.

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.
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. 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.

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.

eg8r
08-10-2005, 01:04 PM
I deleted my first reply because I could not find the text but here it is. This lady is acting quite hypocritical. I am very sorry for her loss, but her actions are getting ridiculous.

Here was Mrs Sheehan in 2004 after meeting with Bush: [ QUOTE ]
"I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis. I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith." She also talked about how her life briefly returned to normal: "That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together."<hr /></blockquote>

And now here she is later... [ QUOTE ]
"Every time we tried to talk about Casey and how much we missed him, he would change the subject. And he acted like it was a party." <hr /></blockquote>

Here is the web page (http://www.thereporter.com/republished) that quotes her after her meeting with Bush after her son had died in combat.

eg8r

Gayle in MD
08-14-2005, 06:40 PM
Hi Kiddo,
Thanks for the post. I have always liked Maureen Dowd, and her dry sense of humour. My daughter had e-mailed this to me, but I had already read it.

Can you believe this S.O.B.? What a collosal nerve! I have seen this Mother interviewed, and I admire her courage and obvious determination to bring to the front some awareness of the stupidity of this war, and the total uncaring attitude of Bush.

I wish all the parents of our lost and maimed young people would march down that driveway and demand an explanation from the idiot! When it comes to poor judgement, this administration gets the Gold Medal! It is an absolute sin what Bush, and the rest, have done to this country, and to our young people. I hope he gets his.

Gayle in Md.

Qtec
08-15-2005, 09:04 AM
Lets see- 17 families, roughly 50 people. 10 mins with Bush. GW does a 6 min speech , shakes hands and leaves. You call that a conversation?
If the woman .........................never mind- I give up.

This is OBVIOUSLY a 'plant' article to discredit the woman.
The GOP has no shame and you fell for it. Sucker.

What a load of crap!


Q..................disgusted. /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif

Sid_Vicious
08-15-2005, 09:22 AM
"It is an absolute sin what Bush, and the rest, have done to this country, and to our young people. I hope he gets his."

In literal Hell maybe, but on this earth he has to many blockheads screaming the liberal word and bringing up Clinton, all of which has nothing to do with the death and mahem we have now and forever. Hell should be his final destination IMO...sid~~~doesn't pull any punches with an idiot who's deceitfully trapped us into this mess, all for sake of personal agendas and oil

eg8r
08-15-2005, 10:21 AM
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Lets see- 17 families, roughly 50 people. 10 mins with Bush. GW does a 6 min speech , shakes hands and leaves. You call that a conversation?
If the woman .........................never mind- I give up.
<hr /></blockquote> Thank you for giving up. Your point is worthless, because the quote was text from that woman's mouth. She praised Bush when it happened but somewhere along the line, she had a change of heart.

eg8r

eg8r
08-15-2005, 10:24 AM
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sid~~~doesn't pull any punches with an idiot who's deceitfully trapped us into this mess, all for sake of personal agendas and oil <hr /></blockquote> Has anyone seen the price of gas lately? If sid's rambling would have been even remotely close, shouldn't the price have come down by now?

eg8r