Saturday, November 05, 2005

Dowd: Men Are In Over Their Heads

The New York Times
November 5, 2005
Op-Ed Columnist
Fashioning Deadly Fiascos

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Men are simply not biologically suited to hold higher office. The Bush administration has proved that once and for all.

These guys can't be bothered to run the country. They are too obsessed with frivolous stuff, like fashion and whether they look fat. They are catty, sometimes even sabotaging their closest friends. They are deceitful minxes and malicious gossips.

And heaven knows they're bad at math. Otherwise, W. would realize that a 60 percent disapproval rating, or worse, means that most Americans would like some fresh blood in the administration. It's appalling to see ringleaders of the incompetent, mendacious crew who rushed into Iraq but not New Orleans getting big promotions and posh consulting jobs.

Let's first consider the astonishing new cache of Brownie e-mail released by the Congressional panel investigating the heartbreaking Katrina non-response.

Batting away the frantic warnings of death and doom in New Orleans, bubbleheaded Brownie boasted of his style sense, replying to a staffer who told him his outfit looked "fabulous" on TV: "I got it at Nordstrom."

In another e-mail to staffers, he preened: "If you'll look at my lovely FEMA attire, you'll really vomit. I am a fashion god."

Brownie had other things on his mind besides managing the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history: restaurants and dog sitters, and marshaling spin for stories about his past management gaffes at the International Arabian Horse Association.

By Sept. 4, with disaster apartheid in full view, Brownie was getting e-mail advice from his press secretary: "You just need to look more hardworking," Sharon Worthy wrote the FEMA Fashionista. "ROLL UP THE SLEEVES!"

It may seem unfathomable that W. has kept Brownie, one of the biggest boobs in U.S. history, on the federal payroll as a $148,000-a-year consultant.

But President Bush may be empathetic to Brownie's concerns about looking good. Obsessed with losing the seven pounds he'd gained around his waist, W. was so focused on getting back his hourglass figure that his staff had to compile an emergency DVD of Katrina news stories before he could be dragged away from biking.

Unless it's some catty attempt to undermine someone you're pretending to like, how to explain the Mean Girls cabal headed by Dick Cheney, Rummy and the Rummy aide Douglas Feith? These hawkish Heathers lured W. into war with hyped intelligence and then clawed out Colin Powell's eyes to take charge of the occupation, only to bollix up the whole thing beyond belief and send the president's ratings cratering.

The former Powell chief of staff, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who often verbalizes what Mr. Powell does not say because the ex-secretary of state does not want to be in a public catfight with the cabal, charged on NPR that the cabal issued directives that led to the abuse of prisoners by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It was clear to me," he said, "that there was a visible audit trail from the vice president's office through the secretary of defense down to the commanders in the field that in carefully couched terms - I'll give you that - that to a soldier in the field meant two things: we're not getting enough good intelligence and you need to get that evidence - and, oh, by the way, here's some ways you probably can get it."

Colonel Wilkerson called David Addington, the shadowy Cheney counsel who has been promoted to Scooter's chief of staff job, "a staunch advocate of allowing the president in his capacity as commander in chief to deviate from the Geneva Conventions."

Heathers have their own rules. Having ignored the warnings that an invasion would cause an insurgency, the Vice squad stepped up the torture to try to stop an insurgency born amid the arrogant, incompetent occupation.

The colonel also described how Vice shaped war policy. Mr. Cheney's fiercely ideological staff monitored the National Security Council staff in such Big Brother fashion that some of the N.S.C. staff "quit using e-mails for substantive conversations because they knew the vice president's alternate national security staff was reading their e-mails now."

Colonel Wilkerson said that there was an N.S.C. memo that made a compelling argument for a large number of troops being necessary in Iraq, "and to this day, I don't know whether that memorandum ever got to the president of the United States."

Women are affected by hormones only at times. Vice's hormones rage every day.


At 4:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this. Dowd should be a must read for everyone, not just the few that can afford Times Select.

At 3:27 PM, Blogger flynn said...

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Herb said...

Thanks again! MoDo calling the self-styled (pseudo) macho-men in the White House, "bitches?" Priceless! Cheney's menstruating again... Dick is such a pussy!

At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Art Durand aka Whitebear said...

The truth will always win out eventually. The question is how much more damage can be done before the current non-administration crawls back under its rock. Sure wish there was an internet back when my people were being genocided in the days of Sand Creek, the Washita and Wounded knee.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,

Art Durand aka Whitebear

At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Tired of Maureen and her poison pen said...

After reading this, I've decided that Maureen Down must have been the inspiration for Rita Skeeter.

At 4:40 PM, Anonymous I love maureen said...

Roses are read,
Violets are Blue.
O Maureen, my love for you and your articles shall always remain true.

At 5:08 PM, Blogger jjac said...

You got it right Maureen:
"D.C., where women are women, and so are the men."

At 5:22 PM, Anonymous Roger Drowne EC said...

Maureen U Go Girl !

Bush & his Gangster Family & Friends Need A Long JAIL Time
2 Think About Their Lies,

Their Collecting of Ego Money

While Half the People on Earth Live on $ 2.00 a Day

Their Killing of People Around the World

It's Way Past Time 2 JAIL Em All

Thank U,

At 6:34 PM, Anonymous R said...

Maureen is an utter media whore who has BLOOD on her hands. I'm glad she is so proud to preen now, after calling Al Gore too "boring."

I would MUCH rather have had a BORING and COMPETENT President these last five years than read whatever this skank is so pleased to write now that she got her frickin' wish to not have boring.



If the Revolution comes I want this loser beeyatch in the front of the line for the guillotine.

At 5:53 AM, Blogger Clemsy said...

Ms. Dowd is to be commended for highlighting Wilkerson's NPR interview. One more insider trying to cleanse himself of the stink.

As Bush once said about a Iraqi nuke program that didn't exist, "What more proof do we need?"

If enough Repubs put the kool-aid down they'd see these fools aren't the bringers of the conservative utopia they've been fantasizing about for decades.

They'd impeach his ass and start from scratch.

At 8:30 AM, Anonymous R said...

We wouldn't HAVE to impeach the impostor if the media had done their jobs in the first place instead of trumpeting Al Gore as "boring" and a "liar."

There is NOTHING Dowd can do to redeem herself now that she has blood on her hands, but maybe writing something to indict HER OWN and her fellow MEDIA WHORES' involvement in the coup of our country by these rightwing extremists would be a start.

Let her clean herself of her own rank stink.

At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gore has his own blood on his own hands! He DID NOT contest the stolen Kerry!

By the way, Gore IS boring!

So what? If he can't stand up like a man, then why slam Modo?

She's just calling a spade, "a spade".

The Dem's have been totally spineless and nobody likes that!

At 12:21 PM, Blogger Fuzzflash said...

O flame haired Rapunzel with quill straight and true,

We bypass the toll for each message from you.

At 12:50 PM, Blogger TahitiNut said...

"If he can't stand up like a man, then why slam Modo?"

Irony. Stunning. Of motes, logs, and eyes there is no end.

At 11:36 PM, Blogger Don Phelps said...

Al Gore may be boring, but he has brains, Al for president 2008.

At 3:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Maureen implying that Washington is run by a particularly vicious cabal of queens? Okay, Rove (and his bosom buddy Gannon), McClellan, Brown, that's obvious. The jury's out on David Brooks, but "Big" Dick Cheney? How dare you cast aspersions on this magnificent hunk of a man?

At 4:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Men are simply not biologically suited to hold higher office."

Cool, it is ok to be sexist now.

In my opinion women are biologically unsuited to work for a newspaper.

Judy Miller has proven that all female 'journalists' are media whores who will sell out their own country in the worst possible way.

Or maybe Maureen Dowd is a bitter man hating sow because she has realised they call her an ugly old boiler behind her back.

At 5:20 AM, Blogger Eric said...

Maureen Dowd seems to evoke either admiration or pure hatred...hmmm. I think Americans are finally waking up from their stupor. Still, the press is not reporting the numerous scandals taking place. I guess it's better to splash a photo of a captured fugitive than talk about the lies and deceit that led Americans to war. (Kind of like the movie Fahrenheit 451). Journalists like Dowd must go to great lengths to be heard. It's too bad that the majority of Americans are too ignornt to know what's going on in the world, let alone their own country. As long as they can max out their lines of credit on their over-valued homes, and spend it on things they don't need to give themselves artificial happiness, and go to their churches every Sunday to give themselves the illusion of being moral and fair, Americans will continue down the road to ruin. Americans are not respected in the world. The American Empire is slowly crumbling...

At 6:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note to Eric: Dowd is not a journalist, she's a columnist. An opinionator. There is a difference in most newsrooms. It's usually entertaining to read her columns, but I don't expect them, or any other editorial screed (even Chris Floyd's), to bring down the regime. You need hard investigative reporting across a long slog of institutional resistance. You need a vigilant Press, a conscientious Justice Department (Yay, Fitzgerald!!) and a vigourous opposition party (Boo, Democrats!). Or you need billions of dollars to buy those things that are lacking.


At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would you support C. Rice? Now there is a woman I would support!

At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maureen Dowd go back to your Crypt

At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maureen is a good example of a feminist gone wild and crazy. It amazes me that women judge the success of feminism by how many men they can trash and emasculate.

At 12:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maureen, great job on capitalizing on the modern feminist's desperate last stand in trying to (prove to) "Do it all". Everyone needs some hope now and then. You remind me of that old sperm receptacle that I used to call up at 2:00 am when my luck at the local clubs didn't fare out while I was in between girlfriends; I could always count on you to be there for me. I hope you don't take it personally that I don't call anymore. It's just that now I'm happily married to a beautiful wife who brought me two amazing children.

At 6:56 AM, Blogger JustAGirl said...

Apparently, "Anonymous, 12:51 AM" thought his comment was so brilliant and witty that he decided to follow the link from this post to my Blog and write exactly the same thing. How creative. And how bold to spew his nonsense without revealing his identity.

Sir, if your married life is so satisfying and happy, why are you online at 2:56 a.m.? I'm just asking...


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