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Friday, January 12, 2007

White House Blasts Sen. Barbara Boxer for Saying Rice Isn't Personally Impacted by the War

Well, well, well...Boxer told Rice she's not paying the price for Iraq because she has no children and now the conservatives are accusing Boxer of ripping on Rice because she's childless. Haven't we gotten past that? Great leap backward for feminism.

Tony snow cheering for feminism!

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Here's the story from Fox News, Condi's favorite news source:
The White House fired back Friday at Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer's verbal slap at Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, calling the California Democrat's caustic comments about Rice's family life "outrageous."

Boxer lit into Rice on Thursday with bitter diatribe during a heated line of questioning before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee looking into Iraq policies. At one point, Boxer turned to the broad question of who pays the ultimate price for war. Rice has never married and has no children.

"Who pays the price? I'm not going to pay a personal price. My kids are too old and my grandchild is too young," Boxer said. "You're not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family. So who pays the price? The American military and their families."

Rice told FOX News' Jim Angle that she was confused by Boxer's comments at first.

"I guess that means I don't have kids. Was that the purpose?" Rice said. "At the time I just found it a bit confusing, frankly, in retrospect, I thought single women had come further than that. The only question is are you making good decisions because you have kids?"

White House spokesman Tony Snow on Friday called Boxer's comments "outrageous."

"I don't know if she was intentionally that tacky, but I do think it's outrageous. Here you got a professional woman, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Barbara Boxer is sort of throwing little jabs because Condi doesn't have children, as if that means that she doesn't understand the concerns of parents. Great leap backward for feminism," Snow told FOX News Talk's Brian and The Judge.

Boxer released a statement Friday to FOXNews.com through her spokeswoman, Natalie Ravitz, saying:

"I spoke the truth at the committee hearing, which is that neither Secretary Rice nor I have family members that will pay the price for this escalation. My point was to focus attention on our military families who continue to sacrifice because this Administration has not developed a political solution to the situation in Iraq."

For her part during the hearing Thursday, Rice kept her cool, responding to Boxer's comments after her opening statement.

"And let me just say, I fully understand the sacrifice that the American people are making, and especially the sacrifice that our soldiers are making, men and women in uniform. I visit them. I know what they're going through. I talk to their families. I see it," Rice said.

Boxer shot back: "Madam Secretary, please, 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."

7 Comments:

At 1/12/2007 6:21 PM, Anonymous truthseeker said...

3,000 dead troops and this is what the conservative blogs are complaining about.

 
At 1/13/2007 12:35 PM, Anonymous jack boo said...

Yeah, looks like Barbara Boxer doesn't approve of Rice having had the audacity to embody all prior “feminist” dogmas in one convenient place—poor, black, presumably oppressed, and now educated, single, childless, influential, and in a coveted Position of Power.

Good question from the Independent Women's Forum:

"Even though Condoleeza Rice is a seasoned diplomat, a renowned scholar and an advisor to two presidents, does Senator Boxer believe that Secretary Rice is not qualified to make high level decisions because she is a single, childless woman?"

Again...poor, black, oppressed, and now educated, single, childless, influential, and in a coveted Position of Power.....AND A REPUBLICAN!

Such a conundrum. The bitch.

 
At 1/13/2007 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU BARBARA BOXER!!!!!!

 
At 1/13/2007 2:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senator Boxer, although fundamentally valid in her pointed frustration, was more of a grand stander in addressing Secretary Rice. Who pays the price; was her banter, but what exactly was her point? Why was she acting like she was engaged in caring for the concerns of our countries patriots. Where was Senator Boxer when terrorism was known throughout the eight years of the Clinton Presidency? This is not simply a matter of winning freedom for Iraq. If we can not launch operations from a friendly ally in the Middle East we are going to be in deep trouble when Iran and Syria escalate the threat; and ‘yes’ they will escalate the threat. We need an ally in that geographical location if we want the ability to react when threatened by Middle East extremist.

My heart breaks for those in harms way; and the children and loved ones who suffer. However, we do not honor or help them by tearing our country apart in political debate. If Boxer really wanted to help the situation she would need to find a way to unite this country; a campaign that spurs this nation towards a collective stand. Terrorism is not going to go away… even the President stated, during the early days of 911, that this fight will be ours, our children’s, and our children’s children, to fight. Wake up! ‘Career politicians;’ this American feels you are a part of the problem.

It is time for senators and congressmen to quite running for office while using the Presidency as a scapegoat. They need to do a better job supporting this country. We are at war and politicians need to take up arms against the enemy; not wage war against their own countrymen. Our governing officials should be helping the enlistment efforts; after all, they are also paid to serve. I am tired of their aristocratic pedestals and feel its time they start earning that fat pay check, benefit package, and ‘pork feed’ job security.

Why would any elected official point out the fact that other nations are holding back their support? Get real… this nation has always given more towards the pursuit of world freedom; that is what sets us apart. Wake up! It is time to quit filling the media with pessimistic commentaries that only weaken our countries posture; if the world has no respect for us, the congress, senate, and every condescending American is responsible.

It is my prayer that a shift of spirit and resolve will sweep upon this great nation so that every American will realize the need to get involved and support efforts towards global stabilization. If a past mistake needs to be mentioned it should be the failure, after 911, to involve the public. Telling Americans to go about their business as usual was a mistake. In stead, Americans should have been instructed in ways to become involved; much like the efforts during World War II. Failing to involve every American was the biggest mistake.

Do not waste our time, Senator Boxer, with your unprofessional outbursts, aimed at the heart strings of Americans. These are the times when the tough need to get tougher and we ‘all’ need to get behind the efforts to stop the insane ‘world violence' that will, if not dealt with, bring this great nation to its knees. Make no mistake, all you on the hilltops of society, it is not the warriors, or their families, that do a disservice to this nation; instead, as Senator Boxer alluded, it is those that do not have any vested interest or are not choosing to “Pay the Price.” In World War II the home front united and collectively sacrificed to win; where is that commitment now?

God Bless America
Gunny

 
At 1/13/2007 3:19 PM, Anonymous PATRIOT said...

Sorry Gunny, but the Republicans have been in power for the past six years and have NOT BEEN HELD RESPONSIBLE for their lies and the thousands of deaths they have caused. The American people have spoken. God Bless Senator Boxer for telling it like it is. The administration has NO IDEA what average Americans are going through, especially those who are losing loved ones in Bush's botched war. It's time to stand up to these people and hold them accountable once and for all.

RE: Clinton. You people are obsessed with Clinton. Give it a rest.

"The tough need to get tougher." Where'd you hear that Gunny? From Bush, the tough guy who is too stubborn to admit that he made one of the biggest blunders in the history of this country?

We should ALL be sacrificing for Bush's bullshit mistakes by paying for the healthcare of the soldiers who've been lied to.

GOD BLESS AMERICA. ONE DAY, IT WILL BECOME THE COUNTRY I HAVE COME TO KNOW AND LOVE.

PEACE

 
At 1/13/2007 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Gunny;" alias for a United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant.

 
At 1/13/2007 6:35 PM, Blogger jax2026 said...

What barbara boxer said was fact, As a matter of fact I bet Condoleezza Rice never put her life on the line to fight a war that she had no choice in. Oh and hey if everyone is so for this war then go join, no ones stopping you, but don't commit our men and women so freely if your not willing to do the same.

 

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