"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."Classless, childish and void of any dialogue to further the debate on the Iraq war. First, lets start with the personal attack on Rice for not having any children who will serve in Iraq. I don't want my leaders weighing important war time decisions on whether or not it will affect their immediate families. Check almost any liberal blog and you will see a button or an advertisement that says something to affect of "send the Bush twins." This attitude is clearly wrong. Bush and Rice need to make overarching policy decisions based on the greater good, not whether Barbara and Jenna will see combat and possibly die.
Then, to Rice: "You're not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family."
The war sucks. War should be avoided at all costs. Life is precious, but unfortunately there are times when a nation must call on its' military personnel to make the greatest of all sacrifices; putting their lives on the line. Whether or not a President's son or daughter will be involved in the fighting should be part of the equation for war, but it should not be the overriding reason for it or against it. Basing a military decision solely on the personal welfare of one person just isn't sound policy.
Finally, it has only been a week and a half since Democrats took power of congress and I am already tired of the political posturing on the Iraq war. Let me put it in simple terms, stop bitching about the war and do something. If the Democrats want this war to end, all they have to do is cut the funding. Done, no more war. I've had it with democratic leaders deferring the responsibility to President Bush. The President has made it clear the direction he wishes to go and has never wavered on that position. Right or wrong, you know where Bush stands. Democrats were largely elected on a desire to change the course in Iraq. Well, it's time to reach down, find some integrity and do something.
They bitched when they were the minority, they bitch when they hold the power. I don't suppose it would asking too much for them to just shut up and get some work done? I guess the Democrats are so used to the government coming in and saving them, that now they don't know what to do when they are the "government."