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Hold Your Tears ... Mark Steyn
The Spectator ^ | 18 August 2005 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 08/18/2005 7:52:21 AM PDT by Rummyfan

Hold your tears Mark Steyn

New Hampshire

Is it only five years since the White House press corps was spending its summers traipsing round Martha’s Vineyard and the Hamptons watching Bill Clinton hang with Carly Simon and Steven Spielberg? Since the Bush terror, alas, they’ve been condemned under a little-known provision of the Patriot Act to confinement in Crawford, Texas for one whole month a year. Crawford is where George W. Bush has his ranch and, other than that distinction, it is (as I wrote here in August 2000) ‘a dusty crossroads in the middle of a drought-stricken, sun-broiled plain, population 690 — with five churches but not a single hotel’. Since the annual influx of journalists, they may have added a hotel but also no doubt half a dozen more churches just to wind up the godless hordes of the Fourth Estate.

Sadly, the media don’t seem to enjoy the annual joke. So, with no showbiz types to hand in the Greater Waco area, someone had the bright idea of importing a little entertainment. These days, come August and the cry goes up, ‘Hey, let’s do the show in George W. Bush’s barn.’ When it comes to political theatre, Crawford now finds itself playing host to the nation’s most critically acclaimed summer stock.

Last year it was former Georgia Senator Max Cleland, who took up residence outside the Bush ranch and demanded the President come out and denounce the Swift Boat veterans. Cleland, also a Vietnam vet and a triple amputee, was outraged that anyone would impugn Senator Kerry’s war record and was impugning Bush for not impugning the Swift vets for impugning Kerry. Anyway, the President never did come out to meet Cleland. He may still be there for all I know.

This year’s performer in residence is Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq last year. Mrs Sheehan is now very anti-war and has pledged to stay camped out in Crawford all August until the President has the guts to come out and see her for a face-to-face meeting. So far he’s sent his national security adviser and deputy chief of staff out to see her, but that’s like Clinton sending Janet Reno and Sidney Blumenthal to Carly Simon’s party. These no-name stand-ins were trying to ‘bullshit us into submission,’ complained Mrs Sheehan.

Her son’s loss — like Max Cleland’s wounds — is supposed to put her beyond reproach. For as the New York Times’s Maureen Dowd informed us, ‘The moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute.’

Really? Well, what about those other parents who’ve buried children killed in Iraq? Linda Ryan lost her son, Marine Corporal Marc Ryan, to ‘insurgents’ in Ramadi: ‘George Bush didn’t kill her son,’ says Mrs Ryan. ‘Her son made a decision to join the Armed Forces and defend our country.... George Bush was my son’s commander-in-chief. My son, Marc, totally believed in what he was doing.’

There are, sadly, hundreds of Linda Ryans across American: parents who buried children killed in Iraq and who honour their service to the nation. They don’t make the news. There’s one Cindy Sheehan and she’s on TV round the clock. She may not be emblematic of bereaved military families, but she’s certainly symbolic of media-Left desperation.

Still, she’s a mother. And, if you’re as heavily invested as Ms Dowd in the notion that those ‘killed in Iraq’ are ‘children’, then Mrs Sheehan’s status as grieving matriarch is a bonanza. I agree with Mrs Ryan: they’re not children in Iraq; they’re thinking adults who ‘made a decision to join the Armed Forces and defend our country’. Whenever I’m on a radio show these days, someone calls in and demands to know whether my children are in Iraq. Well, not right now. They range in age from five to nine, and though that’s plenty old enough to sign up for the jihad and toddle into an Israeli pizza parlour wearing a suicide-bomb, in most advanced societies’ armed forces they prefer to use grown-ups.

That seems to be difficult for the Left to grasp. Ever since America’s all-adult, all-volunteer army went into Iraq, the anti-war crowd have made a sustained effort to characterise them as ‘children’. If a 13-year-old wants to have an abortion, that’s her decision and her parents shouldn’t get a look-in. If a 21-year-old wants to drop to the Oval Office shagpile and chow down on Bill Clinton, she’s a grown woman and free to do what she wants. But, if a 22- or 25- or 37-year old is serving his country overseas, he’s a wee ‘child’ who isn’t really old enough to know what he’s doing.

I get many emails from soldiers in Iraq, and they sound a lot more grown-up than most Ivy League professors and certainly than Maureen Dowd, who writes as if she’s auditioning for a minor supporting role in Sex and the City. The infantilisation of the military promoted by the Left is deeply insulting to America’s warriors but it suits the anti-war crowd’s purposes. It enables them to drone ceaselessly that ‘of course’ they ‘support our troops’, because they want to stop these poor confused moppets from being exploited by the Bush war machine.

So, when Cindy Sheehan came into view, Bush-disparagers from Washington to Hollywood cried ‘Bingo!’ ‘Cindy Sheehan is my hero,’ says Christine Lahti, former star of TV’s Chicago Hope. ‘You can run, Bush, but you can’t hide. Her courage is waking up America.’ Evidently it woke up motion-picture personality Viggo Mortensen, who flew to Crawford on a pilgrimage to Mrs Sheehan. For the press corps, it’s not exactly the Spielberg/Clinton summer summit in the Hamptons, but it’s as close as they’re going to get.

I resisted writing about ‘Mother Sheehan’ (as one leftie has proposed designating her), as it seemed obvious that she was at best a little unhinged by grief and at worst mentally ill. Start with her insistence on a face-to-face meeting with Bush. Even if you don’t think the President should see her, you can sympathise with the demand, born out of her anger and pain. But it turns out she’s already had a face-to-face meeting with Bush. Her son Casey was killed in April last year and in June the President met the Sheehans to offer his condolences. The story appeared in the 24 June 2004 edition of the Reporter, their hometown paper in Vacaville, California:

‘“I now know he’s sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,” Cindy said after their meeting. “I know he’s sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he’s a man of faith....”

‘For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again. “That was the gift the President gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,” Cindy said.’

Mrs Sheehan wants a second meeting with Bush because she no longer feels the way she did at the first one. Instead of gratitude for ‘the gift the President gave us’, she now says her son was ‘murdered by the Bush crime family’.

Also: ‘We have to impeach George Bush down to the person who picks up the dog shit in Washington! Let George Bush send his two little party animals to die in Iraq.’

Also: ‘You tell me the truth. You tell me that my son died for oil. You tell me that my son died to make your friends rich. You tell me my son died to spread the cancer of Pax Americana.... You get America out of Iraq, you get Israel out of Palestine.’

Well, OK, cut the lady some slack: a lot of folks get a bit overheated about Bush, and neocons, and Jews and so forth. But how about this? ‘America has been killing people on this continent since it was started. This country is not worth dying for.’ That was part of her warm-up act for a speech by Lynne Stewart, the ‘activist’ lawyer convicted of conspiracy for aiding the terrorists convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

You can see why Lynne’s grateful to Mrs Sheehan. But why is Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Kerry’s running mate, sending out imploring letters headlined ‘Support Cindy Sheehan’s Right To Be Heard’? The politics of this isn’t difficult: the more Cindy Sheehan is heard, the more obvious it is she’s a kook to whom most Americans would give a wide berth.

Don’t take my word for it, ask her family. Casey Sheehan’s grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins put out the following statement:

‘The Sheehan family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq war and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the expense of her son’s good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect.’

Ah, well, they’re not immediate family, so they lack Cindy’s ‘moral authority’. But how about Casey’s father, Pat Sheehan? Last Friday, in Solano County Court, Pat Sheehan filed for divorce. As the New York Times explained Cindy’s ‘separation’: ‘Although she and her estranged husband are both Democrats, she said she is more liberal than he is, and now, more radicalised.’

Toppling Saddam and the Taleban (Mrs Sheehan opposes US intervention in Afghanistan, too), destroying al-Qa’eda’s training camps and helping 50 million Muslims on the first steps to free societies aren’t worth the death of a single soldier. But Cindy Sheehan’s hatred of Bush is worth the death of her marriage. Watching her and her advanced case of Bush Derangement Syndrome on TV, I feel the way I felt about that mentally impaired Aussie concert pianist they got to play at the Oscars a few years ago.

It was suggested by the columnist Cal Thomas that Bush should agree to a (second) meeting — in public. Cindy Sheehan could let rip, but there would also be other bereaved moms of soldiers who don’t feel as she does, and maybe some bereaved Iraqi moms to tell of their gratitude for the liberation of their country from a psycho regime. It’s a fine idea, and I’m sure the reason Bush won’t do it is because he understands that Mrs Sheehan is having a mental breakdown in public and it would be cruel to take advantage of that. If only the Michael Moore Left had that much decency.

But in the wreckage of Pat and Cindy Sheehan’s marriage there is surely a lesson for the Democratic party. As Cindy says, they’re both Democrats, but she’s ‘more liberal’ and ‘more radicalised’. There are a lot of less liberal and less radicalised Dems out there: they’re soft-left-ish on healthcare and the environment and education and so forth; many have doubts about the war, but they love their country, they have family in the military, and they don’t believe in dishonouring American soldiers to make a political point. The problem for the Democratic party is that the Cindys are now the loudest voice: Michael Moore, Howard Dean, moveon.org, and Air America, the flailing liberal radio network distracting attention from its own financial scandals by flying down its afternoon host Randi Rhodes to do her show live from Camp Casey. The last time I heard Miss Rhodes she was urging soldiers called up for Iraq to refuse to go — i.e., to desert — and entertaining theories that 9/11 was Bush’s Reichstag fire.

On unwatched Sunday talk shows you can still stumble across the occasional sane responsible Dem. But, in the absence of any serious intellectual attempt to confront their long-term decline, all the energy on the Left is with the fringe. The Democratic party is a coalition of Pat Sheehans and Cindy Sheehans, and the noisier the Cindys get the more estranged the Pats are likely to feel. Sorry about that, but, if Mrs Sheehan can insist her son’s corpse be the determining factor in American policy on Iraq, I don’t see why her marriage can’t be a metaphor for the state of the Democratic party.

Casey Sheehan was a 21-year-old man when he enlisted in 2000. He re-enlisted for a second tour, and he died after volunteering for a rescue mission in Sadr City. Mrs Sheehan says she wishes she’d driven him to Canada, though that’s not what he would have wished and it was his decision. As to whether he died in vain, the Associated Press reported this week:

‘The capital’s Sadr City section was once a hotbed of Shiite Muslim unrest, but it has become one of the brightest successes for the US security effort. So far this year, there has been only one car bombing in the neighborhood, and only one American soldier has been killed.’

Cindy Sheehan is a woman whose grief has curdled into a narcissistic rage, and the Democrats cheering her on are cheering their own marginalisation. Most Americans will not follow where she’s gone — to the wilder shores of anti-Bush, anti-war, anti-Iraq, anti-Afghanistan, anti-Israel, anti-American paranoia. Casey Sheehan’s service was not the act of a child. A shame you can’t say the same about his mom’s new friends.


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Steyn Ping!
1 posted on 08/18/2005 7:52:31 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Pokey78

Ping!


2 posted on 08/18/2005 7:53:11 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan
Mrs Sheehan is now very anti-war

It's not often I have to correct Steyn, but Sheehan has always been very "anti-war" (or at least, anti-Bush and by extension anti-any war under Bush's watch); it's just that she is now willing to exploit her son's name to further her cause rather than respect his wishes.

3 posted on 08/18/2005 7:57:46 AM PDT by kevkrom (WARNING: If you're not sure whether or not it's sarcasm, it probably is.)
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To: ecurbh
it woke up motion-picture personality Viggo Mortensen, who flew to Crawford on a pilgrimage to Mrs Sheehan

Oh, Myrtle, what a ponce.

Dan
Biblical Christianity BLOG

4 posted on 08/18/2005 7:58:27 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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marking for later, leisurely read...


5 posted on 08/18/2005 7:59:13 AM PDT by eureka! (Hey Lefties: Only 3 and 1/2 more years of W. Hehehehe....)
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To: Rummyfan

Steyn PING!


6 posted on 08/18/2005 7:59:16 AM PDT by Alexander Rubin (Octavius - You make my heart glad building thus, as if Rome is to be eternal.)
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To: Rummyfan

Population 690, man I'm itchin to watch Hee-Haw re-runs....lol


7 posted on 08/18/2005 8:02:26 AM PDT by SaintDismas (Jest becuz you put yer boots in the oven, don't make it bread)
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To: Borax Queen; sweetliberty
ping!

The problem for the Democratic party is that the Cindys are now the loudest voice: Michael Moore, Howard Dean, moveon.org, and Air America, the flailing liberal radio network distracting attention from its own financial scandals by flying down its afternoon host Randi Rhodes to do her show live from Camp Casey. The last time I heard Miss Rhodes she was urging soldiers called up for Iraq to refuse to go — i.e., to desert — and entertaining theories that 9/11 was Bush’s Reichstag fire.

On unwatched Sunday talk shows you can still stumble across the occasional sane responsible Dem. But, in the absence of any serious intellectual attempt to confront their long-term decline, all the energy on the Left is with the fringe.


8 posted on 08/18/2005 8:04:28 AM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: Rummyfan

On FNS one of the commentators also said, "This Cindy story is bad for the DomocRATS. It makes the case "Weak on Defense" and it won't stop with the end of summer it will last till the next election."


9 posted on 08/18/2005 8:07:45 AM PDT by q_an_a
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To: Rummyfan
A most brilliant summary of the lunacy that is the Cindy Sheehan protest. At least radical bait such as hers draws out the wing nuts en masse for all to identify.

The more sane and thoughtful among us need to voice our support for honorable and heroic troops serving the highest of ideals, to give the priceless gifts of life and liberty at the risk, and sometimes cost, of their very lives.

10 posted on 08/18/2005 8:07:46 AM PDT by TChris ("You tweachewous miscweant!" - Elmer Fudd)
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To: Rummyfan
Ever since America’s all-adult, all-volunteer army went into Iraq, the anti-war crowd have made a sustained effort to characterise them as ‘children’. If a 13-year-old wants to have an abortion, that’s her decision and her parents shouldn’t get a look-in. If a 21-year-old wants to drop to the Oval Office shagpile and chow down on Bill Clinton, she’s a grown woman and free to do what she wants. But, if a 22- or 25- or 37-year old is serving his country overseas, he’s a wee ‘child’ who isn’t really old enough to know what he’s doing.

I could not have expressed this sentiment better. The leftists' condescension toward our military members is infuriating.

11 posted on 08/18/2005 8:07:59 AM PDT by The Phantom FReeper (So? People in Hell want ice water.)
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To: Rummyfan
Ever since America’s all-adult, all-volunteer army went into Iraq, the anti-war crowd have made a sustained effort to characterise them as ‘children’. If a 13-year-old wants to have an abortion, that’s her decision and her parents shouldn’t get a look-in. If a 21-year-old wants to drop to the Oval Office shagpile and chow down on Bill Clinton, she’s a grown woman and free to do what she wants. But, if a 22- or 25- or 37-year old is serving his country overseas, he’s a wee ‘child’ who isn’t really old enough to know what he’s doing.

I thought that one deserved repeating.

12 posted on 08/18/2005 8:11:28 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: Rummyfan
Christine Lahti

Viggo Mortensen

Add two more names to the list of people I will never pay to see in a movie theater or watch on TV.

13 posted on 08/18/2005 8:11:37 AM PDT by gridlock (IF YOU'RE NOT CATCHING FLAK, YOU'RE NOT OVER THE TARGET...)
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To: Rummyfan
Still, she’s a mother. And, if you’re as heavily invested as Ms Dowd in the notion that those ‘killed in Iraq’ are ‘children’, then Mrs Sheehan’s status as grieving matriarch is a bonanza. I agree with Mrs Ryan: they’re not children in Iraq; they’re thinking adults who ‘made a decision to join the Armed Forces and defend our country’. Whenever I’m on a radio show these days, someone calls in and demands to know whether my children are in Iraq. Well, not right now. They range in age from five to nine, and though that’s plenty old enough to sign up for the jihad and toddle into an Israeli pizza parlour wearing a suicide-bomb, in most advanced societies’ armed forces they prefer to use grown-ups. That seems to be difficult for the Left to grasp. Ever since America’s all-adult, all-volunteer army went into Iraq, the anti-war crowd have made a sustained effort to characterise them as ‘children’. If a 13-year-old wants to have an abortion, that’s her decision and her parents shouldn’t get a look-in. If a 21-year-old wants to drop to the Oval Office shagpile and chow down on Bill Clinton, she’s a grown woman and free to do what she wants. But, if a 22- or 25- or 37-year old is serving his country overseas, he’s a wee ‘child’ who isn’t really old enough to know what he’s doing. I get many emails from soldiers in Iraq, and they sound a lot more grown-up than most Ivy League professors and certainly than Maureen Dowd, who writes as if she’s auditioning for a minor supporting role in Sex and the City. The infantilisation of the military promoted by the Left is deeply insulting to America’s warriors but it suits the anti-war crowd’s purposes. It enables them to drone ceaselessly that ‘of course’ they ‘support our troops’, because they want to stop these poor confused moppets from being exploited by the Bush war machine.

Simply magnificent!

14 posted on 08/18/2005 8:11:38 AM PDT by writmeister
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Steyn Ping!


15 posted on 08/18/2005 8:13:29 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Rummyfan
If a 13-year-old wants to have an abortion, that’s her decision and her parents shouldn’t get a look-in. If a 21-year-old wants to drop to the Oval Office shagpile and chow down on Bill Clinton, she’s a grown woman and free to do what she wants. But, if a 22- or 25- or 37-year old is serving his country overseas, he’s a wee ‘child’ who isn’t really old enough to know what he’s doing.

Ah, Steyn shines again....

16 posted on 08/18/2005 8:13:40 AM PDT by thulldud (It's bad luck to be superstitious.)
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To: nicmarlo

I'm delighted that Cindy has joined the likes of the left lunatic fringe. The Democratic party is in meltdown.


17 posted on 08/18/2005 8:14:42 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Rummyfan
What a great column! Thanks for posting it.

Steyn is correct when he says our soldiers are not the fictitious helpless children that Cindy describes.

Cindy doesn't even seem to care about real small children, those in Iraq.

If Cindy saw an insurgent who was about to kill children with a bomb, and Cindy saw that a soldier had the insurgent in his gunsights, would she tell the soldier to walk away or let the soldier shoot the bomber?

18 posted on 08/18/2005 8:15:26 AM PDT by syriacus (Cindy doesn't want our soldiers to shoot insurgent bombers who are murdering small Iraqi children.)
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To: Rummyfan

Spot on, as he usually is.


19 posted on 08/18/2005 8:15:43 AM PDT by kalee
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To: The Phantom FReeper

Steyn hits one out of the park yet again.


20 posted on 08/18/2005 8:16:24 AM PDT by technochick99 (firearm of choice: Sig Sauer....)
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To: sarasota
The anti-war left is becoming so shrill, they are not going to be able to stick with Hillary! as she marches to the center. She can wink and nod all she wants, but the raving moonbats are eventually going to stop remembering that she is lying with every breath and start taking her at her word when she says she supports the troops and the war effort. At that point it is GAME OVER for Hillary!.
21 posted on 08/18/2005 8:17:28 AM PDT by gridlock (IF YOU'RE NOT CATCHING FLAK, YOU'RE NOT OVER THE TARGET...)
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To: sarasota

Absolutely.....they've gone way off the deep end....instead of trying to find a way back to sanity, they continue to recruit ever greater mental radioactives.


22 posted on 08/18/2005 8:19:17 AM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: Rummyfan

Thanks for the ping. Steyn keeps hitting them out of the park.


23 posted on 08/18/2005 8:19:41 AM PDT by blueknight
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To: gridlock

I think Hillary has already become a laughingstock, even among the few liberals I can associate with. Her election fantasy is just that--fantasy.


24 posted on 08/18/2005 8:19:54 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: blackie

Thanks for the ping!!


25 posted on 08/18/2005 8:20:14 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: kevkrom
"The infantilisation of the military promoted by the Left is deeply insulting to America’s warriors"

I work on a campus. The ROTC folks are the most tidy, courteous, clean cut and properly behaved group of people you will meet.
26 posted on 08/18/2005 8:20:36 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else." Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: BibChr

The funny thing about Mortensen is that, although he is an intense sissy leftist, he will always be remembered for his role as Aragorn - a character that is the complete opposite of his personality and ideology in every way.


27 posted on 08/18/2005 8:21:08 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: Rummyfan

Absolutely incredible article.


28 posted on 08/18/2005 8:22:04 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: Rummyfan
Still, she’s a mother. And, if you’re as heavily invested as Ms Dowd in the notion that those ‘killed in Iraq’ are ‘children’, then Mrs Sheehan’s status as grieving matriarch is a bonanza. I agree with Mrs Ryan: they’re not children in Iraq; they’re thinking adults who ‘made a decision to join the Armed Forces and defend our country’.
The left is arrogant, superficial, and negative. The left grasps at any opportunity to patronize serious adults.
Whenever I’m on a radio show these days, someone calls in and demands to know whether my children are in Iraq. Well, not right now. They range in age from five to nine, and though that’s plenty old enough to sign up for the jihad and toddle into an Israeli pizza parlour wearing a suicide-bomb, in most advanced societies’ armed forces they prefer to use grown-ups.
That's gonna leave a mark . . .

29 posted on 08/18/2005 8:23:23 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters but PR.)
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Mark Steyn ping.


30 posted on 08/18/2005 8:23:52 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (I ain't got a dime, but what I got is mine. I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free.)
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To: wideawake

Exactly right. So plainly and manifestly did LOTR's storyline support what our President is trying to do, that Mortensen felt obliged to run around telling everyone that it wasn't so, that America is really more like Sauron and the orcs.

Sometimes "idiot" is just too pale a word.

Dan


31 posted on 08/18/2005 8:24:29 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Rummyfan

Great article. Thanks!


32 posted on 08/18/2005 8:25:01 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Rummyfan
Strange.

The same people who want to "Bring our children home" are the same ones who go to abortion clinics so they don't have to "Bring no child home."

33 posted on 08/18/2005 8:25:11 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Be a glowworm. A glowworm's never glum. How can you be grumpy when the sun shines out your bum?)
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To: wideawake; Deb

PS

I've often thought that people like Mortensen should eb obliged to preface everyt public-policy statement with a disclaimer like this:

"Hi. I'm Viggo Mortensen. I'm not actually a person of character, judgment, morals and accomplishment -- but I played one in a movie. So I'd like to say...."

Dan


34 posted on 08/18/2005 8:25:55 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Rummyfan
Man, that says it all. About Sheehan, the Democratic Party, and the country-hating lunatics that now control both.

Brilliant.

35 posted on 08/18/2005 8:28:26 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Rummyfan

The great one has spoken. You would think even a lib reading this would see the absurdity in her actions.


36 posted on 08/18/2005 8:29:00 AM PDT by KTpig
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To: writmeister

Maureen Dowd has long ago traded in any honor she may of had for the handome salary she enjoys by writing political fiction for the left.


37 posted on 08/18/2005 8:32:37 AM PDT by squirt-gun
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To: Rummyfan
Cindy Sheehan is a woman whose grief has curdled into a narcissistic rage.

Excellent piece, as usual from the brillian Steyn. However, the above statement gives Sheehan too much credit. She was like this BEFORE her son died.

38 posted on 08/18/2005 8:36:15 AM PDT by Wolfstar (Western Leftists have made common cause with the Islamofreaks.)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

You're welcome ~ Mark always has great stuff to say, even if it takes him time to cover it all. :)


39 posted on 08/18/2005 8:45:54 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Rummyfan
***.....On unwatched Sunday talk shows you can still stumble across the occasional sane responsible Dem. But, in the absence of any serious intellectual attempt to confront their long-term decline, all the energy on the Left is with the fringe. The Democratic party is a coalition of Pat Sheehans and Cindy Sheehans, and the noisier the Cindys get the more estranged the Pats are likely to feel. Sorry about that, but, if Mrs Sheehan can insist her son’s corpse be the determining factor in American policy on Iraq, I don’t see why her marriage can’t be a metaphor for the state of the Democratic party. ...***

Bump!

40 posted on 08/18/2005 8:46:13 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Rummyfan
Casey Sheehan’s service was not the act of a child. A shame you can’t say the same about his mom’s new friends.

BTTT

41 posted on 08/18/2005 8:48:47 AM PDT by Gritty ("A narrowly drawn law-enforcement approach to war will simply order up a new rubber stamp-Mark Steyn)
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To: Rummyfan

Un-exerpted Steyn BTTT


42 posted on 08/18/2005 8:58:37 AM PDT by knews_hound (Out of the NIC ,into the Router, out to the Cloud....Nothing but 'Net)
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To: BibChr
LOL!

Everytime I see Sam Waterston from Law and Order do a commercial for TD Waterhouse I tell my wife: "I'm not a certified financial adviser, but I play a district attorney on TV!"

43 posted on 08/18/2005 8:59:58 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: Rummyfan
If a 13-year-old wants to have an abortion, that’s her decision and her parents shouldn’t get a look-in. If a 21-year-old wants to drop to the Oval Office shagpile and chow down on Bill Clinton, she’s a grown woman and free to do what she wants. But, if a 22- or 25- or 37-year old is serving his country overseas, he’s a wee ‘child’ who isn’t really old enough to know what he’s doing.

Says it all in a nutshell.

44 posted on 08/18/2005 9:12:21 AM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: Rummyfan

Viggio meets with Cindy

45 posted on 08/18/2005 9:22:06 AM PDT by Undertow
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To: gridlock
Add two more names to the list of people I will never pay to see in a movie theater or watch on TV.

At least you know who they are. I've never heard of them and have never seen either one.

Strongly doubt I'm missing much.

And a big old ping to Mr. Steyn. I remember screaming at my TV last year, when Micky Moore was on O'Reilly and was pushing O'Reilly about sending his "children" to Iraq, that our armed forces were trained professional adults, not a group of six-year-olds!!! Too bad O'Reilly couldn't have said that.

46 posted on 08/18/2005 10:01:09 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (Well... There you go again!)
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To: gridlock

"Christine Lahti
Viggo Mortensen

Add two more names to the list of people I will never pay to see in a movie theater or watch on TV."


Who are these people anyway?


47 posted on 08/18/2005 10:09:15 AM PDT by Rosemont
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To: dubyaismypresident
If a 21-year-old wants to drop to the Oval Office shagpile and chow down on Bill Clinton, she’s a grown woman and free to do what she wants.

Line of the Decade.

48 posted on 08/18/2005 10:12:49 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you dont have to...." ;)
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To: wideawake

True. But Gimli could still kick Aragorn's ass.

}:-)4


49 posted on 08/18/2005 10:15:17 AM PDT by Moose4 (Richmond, Virginia, where our motto is "Will Riot For Cheap Laptops")
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To: hobbes1

Perhaps the Line of the Century.


50 posted on 08/18/2005 10:20:42 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (The constitution is not in exile, it's in a nice safe deposit box in the Cayman Islands - Lileks)
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