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Love Among the Ruins (Maureen Dowd Mega Barf)
NY Times ^ | January 10, 2006 | Maureen 'I Once Dated Michael Douglas' Dowd

Posted on 01/10/2007 8:06:51 AM PST by meg88

It isn’t really a romance turned sour, because it was never sweet.

The American military’s cocky heroes were supposed to sweep in and carry off a poor, grateful Iraq to security and bliss, like Richard Gere did to Debra Winger in the finale of “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

Yet the search goes on, in this country obsessed with hookups and breakups, for the right relationship metaphor to describe our deadly embrace of Iraq.

My colleague Tom Friedman wrote last week: “Whenever I hear this surge idea, I think of a couple who recently got married but the marriage was never very solid. Then one day they say to each other, ‘Hey, let’s have a baby, that will bring us together.’ It never works. If the underlying union is not there, adding a baby won’t help.”

Juan Williams repeated Tom’s metaphor on Fox News, agreeing that “a bad relationship” cannot afford the “pressure” of a newborn.

Some women say that the Surge will not work because it’s like starting over with an old boyfriend: you think you’ve learned the pitfalls and can resume with more success — you can set benchmarks! — but instead you’re swiftly ensnared by the same old failures.

The favorite analogy of Rummy and others who pushed the war was parent-child. “If you never take the training wheels off a kid’s bicycle,” Paul Wolfowitz would say, “he’ll never learn to ride without them.”

With the Surge, as with the invasion of Iraq, W. is like the presumptuous date “who reserves a hotel room and then asks you to the prom,” as my friend Dana Calvo put it.

In other words, the president will ask us to the prom once he reserves the hotel room.

(Excerpt) Read more at select.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: New York
KEYWORDS: hateamericafilth; hatebush; hatingamerica

1 posted on 01/10/2007 8:06:52 AM PST by meg88
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To: meg88
Her lonliness and despair for a relationship are well hidden.

/s

2 posted on 01/10/2007 8:08:50 AM PST by edpc (The pen is mightier than the sword......until you fight someone.)
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To: meg88

It's fortunate for Maureen Dowd that neither intelligence nor accuracy is required of columnists on liberal newspapers. Should that ever change, she'll have to find another career.


3 posted on 01/10/2007 8:10:15 AM PST by American Quilter (You can't negotiate with people who are dedicated to your destruction.)
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To: meg88
That is one bitter man hating reporter!
4 posted on 01/10/2007 8:10:25 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: meg88
How cute... an article written with metaphors that even a 3 year old child could understand. I guess when you are singing to the choir, you need to talk at their level.

Another worthless article from the NYTs.
5 posted on 01/10/2007 8:11:16 AM PST by avacado
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To: meg88

People have been dying in Iraq for going on 30 years because of Saddam, and now these militias and terrorists, and here is Maureen Dowd thinking her rhetoric is "cute". I won't say what I think of her. This is, after all, suppose to be a family friendly forum.


6 posted on 01/10/2007 8:12:14 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Father of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier fighting the terrorists in Iraq)
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To: 2banana
I think this has something to do with it...


7 posted on 01/10/2007 8:14:24 AM PST by meg88
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To: meg88

8 posted on 01/10/2007 8:14:54 AM PST by JRios1968 (Tagline wanted...inquire within)
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To: meg88

Finally a topic she is capable of commenting on. The prom and motel rooms afterwards. She should hang up her keyboard and go home and do the wash.


9 posted on 01/10/2007 8:15:01 AM PST by racnpartsales4u ("When Bea Arthur speaks, people do listen," he said.)
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To: meg88
In other words, the president will ask us to the prom once he reserves the hotel room.

And MoDo got invited to neither.

10 posted on 01/10/2007 8:15:17 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: meg88

11 posted on 01/10/2007 8:15:22 AM PST by JRios1968 (Tagline wanted...inquire within)
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To: meg88

Okay, I'm only here to collect Zeta pictures for the old man.

But it's interesting that she compares everything to man/woman relationships.


12 posted on 01/10/2007 8:15:59 AM PST by altura
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To: meg88
Some women say that the Surge will not work because it’s like starting over with an old boyfriend: you think you’ve learned the pitfalls and can resume with more success — you can set benchmarks! — but instead you’re swiftly ensnared by the same old failures.<<<

LOL!...Sums up her personal life quite nicely!....but it doesnt apply to war...
13 posted on 01/10/2007 8:16:17 AM PST by M-cubed (Why is "Greshams Law" a law?)
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To: 2banana
Obligatory CZJ pic:

Feel the "Surge" now, MoDo? (I sure do).

14 posted on 01/10/2007 8:16:17 AM PST by andy58-in-nh
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To: meg88

She's always had the hots for Bush.


15 posted on 01/10/2007 8:16:24 AM PST by altura
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To: meg88

Well, one thing Mo doesn't have to worry about is anyone wanting to "add a baby" with her.


16 posted on 01/10/2007 8:18:10 AM PST by bigbob (2)
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To: meg88

I think MoDo missed her calling as a writer of country music lyrics. No matter the subject, she always manages to make it about "some man done me wrong." Pathetic.


17 posted on 01/10/2007 8:28:04 AM PST by LadyNavyVet
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To: meg88

Gee whiz, I wish I were so smart that I could reduce world conflicts to cliches about high school! Maybe I could be a Times columnist like Mo...


18 posted on 01/10/2007 8:29:52 AM PST by joylyn
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To: meg88

Maureen Dowd - Always hating Bush and hating America.


19 posted on 01/10/2007 8:30:23 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: meg88
Yet the search goes on, in this country obsessed with hookups and breakups, for the right relationship metaphor to describe our deadly embrace of Iraq.

Gee! That's it, in a nutshell. Every morning I wake up in a cold sweat, thinking, "What is the right relational metaphor to describe our deadly embrace of Iraq?"

Wait a minute . . . I think it's coming to me. Damn. Maybe next time.

20 posted on 01/10/2007 8:32:26 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: meg88
Dowd has no talent. She's an embarrassment to not only her gender, but the entire human race.
21 posted on 01/10/2007 8:34:22 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: LadyNavyVet
She's like Bonnie Raite without the talent.
22 posted on 01/10/2007 8:35:08 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: meg88

Modo is stuck on sophomore.


23 posted on 01/10/2007 8:39:21 AM PST by You Dirty Rats (I Love Free Republic!)
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To: meg88

Well, MoDo, your leak sources will have the chance to vote on it and we'll see what happens.


24 posted on 01/10/2007 8:39:26 AM PST by sappy
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To: meg88

The only kind of guy who would ever get a date with Mo Do would be a metrosexual gurly-man who doesn't mind being (or has already been) castrated.


25 posted on 01/10/2007 8:52:51 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: meg88

Maureen Dowd article always equals Mega Barf. No need to be redundant!


26 posted on 01/10/2007 9:02:54 AM PST by Anti-MSM
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To: meg88

Will somebody PLEASE got to RADIOSHACK and treat MoDo to a case of 9v batteries?


27 posted on 01/10/2007 9:09:29 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: edpc

LOL.


28 posted on 01/10/2007 9:12:40 AM PST by khnyny (For today in the city of David a Savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.)
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To: PzLdr

Someone should send her a ball gag!


29 posted on 01/10/2007 9:23:22 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Anti-MSM

Sophomoric dreck. I can't believe that she has a job...even a minimum wage one where even there she'd be over paid.


30 posted on 01/10/2007 9:26:09 AM PST by Carolinamom (Thank God that Mary and Joseph were not pro-choicers.)
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To: LadyNavyVet
I think MoDo missed her calling as a writer of country music lyrics. No matter the subject, she always manages to make it about "some man done me wrong." Pathetic.

*Chuckle* *Snicker*

31 posted on 01/10/2007 9:27:12 AM PST by TChris (We scoff at honor and are shocked to find traitors among us. - C.S. Lewis)
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To: 2banana

the most breathtakingly serious case of bourbon-fuelled penis-envy ever seen.


32 posted on 01/10/2007 10:17:13 AM PST by paddles
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To: meg88

The first line she wrote makes me want to hurl. But then, I've never managed to get through an entire MoDo piece w/o wanting to do so. The American military’s cocky heroes...??? She truly is from another planet.

God bless the men and women of the United States military!


33 posted on 01/10/2007 12:20:57 PM PST by Theresawithanh (You have the freedom to not click on a topic posted here if the subject matter disgusts you. Use it.)
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To: KC_Conspirator

and men as well!


34 posted on 01/10/2007 12:40:34 PM PST by meg88
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To: LadyNavyVet
I wonder if MoDo has ever heard of Walker Percy (author of Love in the Ruins).
35 posted on 01/10/2007 12:59:29 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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