Boxer's Low Blow

Today's NY Post:

Boxer:
"Who pays the price? I'm not going to pay a personal price," Boxer said. "My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young."

Then, to Rice: "You're not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family."

Breathtaking.

Simply breathtaking.

We scarcely know where to begin.

The junior senator from California ap parently believes that an accom plished, seasoned diplomat, a renowned scholar and an adviser to two presidents like Condoleezza Rice is not fully qualified to make policy at the highest levels of the American government because she is a single, childless woman.

It's hard to imagine the firestorm that similar comments would have ignited, coming from a Republican to a Democrat, or from a man to a woman, in the United States Senate. (Surely the Associated Press would have put the observation a bit higher than the 18th paragraph of a routine dispatch from Washington.)

Read the entire New York Post article here

http://www.nypost.com/seven/01122007/postopinion/editorials/boxers_low_b...

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"The junior senator from California ap parently believes that an accom plished, seasoned diplomat, a renowned scholar and an adviser to two presidents like Condoleezza Rice is not fully qualified to make policy at the highest levels of the American government because she is a single, childless woman"

I disagree. While many members of Congress think she is a poor Secretary of State (both Republican and Democrats), the Senator was simply pointing of that Condi and many others making decisions to escalate the occupation, don't have to sacrifice with family members. Although it did come out a bit awkwardly.

Well when I read that, I thought, Dr. Rice has more than just family, she has her conscience. I don't think that family is as much of an issue as doing what you believe. Yes it was an editorial, I posted it as an article, sorry about that. Thank you for posting your point of view.

Here is an article on Rice's response which you can read here.

Here is a NY Times update

Does anyone know if the "new Southwyck" plans entail a movie theater(s)? That would be the last thing the mall would need since the Maumee theaters are just down the street.

"All evil and unhappiness in this world comes from the I-concept."

Lets just step back and see just how deep of a hole Boxer can dig.

We can fill it in (with her in it) when she's through ;-)

Hooda Thunkit

What a biased editorial! (It was an editorial, BTW, and not an "article.")

Boxer is making a valid point: The people that are perpetuating this war are far removed from those that are paying for it.

Bush wants this war but he can't even convince his family of it's importance: He's got two daughters and a load of nieces/nephews of acceptable age to join the military.

But I suppose that would be asking far to much of the privileged class.

And _thats_ the point Boxer was making.

WOW

I agree with Boxer. I am not saying that Condi isn't qualified to make a decision, simply that she is to far removed from a personal sacrafice; voiding her of any sensativity to the emotions felt by the family members of soilders currently serving in this war.

For Condi it's more of "what is an acceptable number of casualties to obtain victory?" instead of "one life lost is one too many". I liken it to telling a greiving family member at a funeral "I know exactly how you feel". No one knows exactly how a person feels at that point in their life. All you can do is offer condolences and encouragement that time may ease the pain but do not tell someone I know how you feel.

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

However, Boxer opened her statement by saying that she, herself, was not directly impacted because her kids are too old and grandchildren too young. If Rice is being criticized because she's too far removed, how can the criticizer (also too far removed) earn the right to criticize? Just wondering....if both women are in the same situation, perhaps the discussion could have been a bit more civil...

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