Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Maureen Dowd Spins Her Way to Hawkdom

In stark contrast to yesterday's post where I queried;

Where Have All the Peaceniks Gone?
Today I stumbled onto Maureen Dowd's column where she is singing the praises of the ladies who pushed for war in Libya. Wow, what a difference a new administration makes. You might recall what a prolific "dubbya" basher she was back in the day. She was one of the leftist operatives who exploited Cindy Sheehan for partisan gain. She clings to a shred of integrity with a very hushed and nuanced hint of disapproval for the military action in Libya at the very end of her piece. But, for the most part it's a 'you go girl' cheer with pom-poms and all.

Fight of the Valkyries
There is something positively mythological about a group of strong women swooping down to shake the president out of his delicate sensibilities and show him the way to war. And there is something positively predictable about guys in the White House pushing back against that story line for fear it makes the president look henpecked.
A classic case of 'careful what you wish for'. What? This wasn't the kind of change you were hoping for?
How odd to see Rush and Samantha Power on the same side.
It's even more odd to see Maureen Dowd acquiesce to the politics of armed conflict.

It wasn't that long ago that Maureen was a firebrand for the anti-war left.

Why No Tea and Sympathy? 
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.
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.
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.
 Here are some column ideas for you Maureen. Cindy is still protesting, and despite her 'knack for P.R.', she doesn't seem to be able to get the time of day from the main stream media who propelled her to fame. I would have hazard to say that 'she can't get arrested' these days, but in fact she was arrested at the white house for protesting not too long ago.

An Open Letter to War Loving (Democratic/Republican) Frauds by Cindy Sheehan
In March of 2010, I set up a Peace Camp called Camp Out Now on the lawn of the Washington Monument for two weeks protesting Obama and his wars. Near the end of that Camp, I was arrested in front of the White House and jailed for 52 hours, then given a four month "stay away" order from the White House
I think she means you Maureen. And jeez Maureen, I don't remember you covering that one? No sympathy? That would be kind of awkward now wouldn't it?
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