by John Hawkins | January 12, 2007 12:50 pm
This was a particularly nasty, vindictive attack by Barbara Boxer on Condi Rice:
“In a bitter personal assault on the secretary of state during her appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, anti-war Sen. Barbara Boxer fumed that Rice didn’t com prehend the “price” of the war.
“You’re not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family,” Boxer (D- Calif.) ranted.
“Who pays the price?” she repeatedly demanded during Rice’s Capitol Hill grilling.
“I’m not going to pay a personal price. My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young . . . So who pays the price? Not me, not you.”
“You can’t begin to imagine how you celebrate any holiday or birthday. There’s an absence. It’s not like the person’s never been there. They always were there, and now they’re not, and you’re looking at an empty hole.”
The unflappable Rice responded at the packed hearing that she well understood the sacrifice of service members and families.
“I visit them. I know what they’re going through,” said Rice, who has never been married and has no children.
“I talk to their families. I see it. I could never and I can never do anything to replace any of those lost men and women in uniform, or the diplomats, some of whom . . .”
At that point, Boxer cut her off.
“Madam Secretary, please,” Boxer said. “I know you feel terrible about it. That’s not the point. I was making the case as to who pays the price for your decisions.”
So, what was the point of that other than to take a nasty swipe at Rice? Is Boxer trying to argue that you can’t support a war unless you actually send a family member into the war zone? Does that mean she doesn’t support fighting in Afghanistan, since, as she mentioned, none of her children are fighting there? Maybe she thinks we should have left the Taliban/Al-Qaeda in power in Afghanistan since neither of the Bush twins was over there tagging along with the special forces. Who knows? But, no matter how habitually rude or hypocritical Democrats are, they always seem to get a pass on it…
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