Whatever you think of the action against Qaddafi—count me as extremely apprehensive—it might just be that someone, even a woman, could support it for a reason other than sheer viciousness. The Clinton administration’s inaction in the face of the Rwandan genocide was a formative experience for Power and Rice, and possibly for Hillary Clinton as well, given that President Clinton said his biggest regret was failing to prevent the genocide. Military action against Qaddafi may be a bad idea—another Iraq-like “cakewalk”—but people of good will can still see it as preferable to standing by as Qaddafi butchers the rebels, as he promised to do.
In any case, the fact that three women argued for it skillfully and won their point is not very interesting. So why stress it, except that it mobilizes a raft of misogynist tropes about castrating females, the dangers of petticoat government and the folly of expecting anything good to come out of gender equality? After all, can you imagine a piece in The Nation titled “Black President Opts for Bombs” or “Qaddafi, a Man, Threatens to Massacre Rebels, Most of Whom Are Also Men”?
Misogyny—it’s the last acceptable prejudice of the left.
yes, it is, katha. and thank you for saying it. but don't you think you should have been more vocal in 2008? don't you think that instead of 'doing my part for obama' (as you wrote in your 2008 column about tom hayden making you want to scream) that you should have done your part for women.
who the hell is barack obama?
some worthless piece of trash. you put him above all women.
and while i applaud you for speaking out, i hope you get that your silence allowed this sexism to flourish and really take root.
it's as though the basement's flooded and now we're all down there with pails when we could have had the plumbing fixed in 2008.
i don't want to scream and yell at katha. i don't want to curse her.
i just hope to hell she never does again what she did in 2008.
that was not just misguided, it was damaging.
women can't afford it to take place again.
now for the report by robert dreyfuss that katha's taking to task.
dreyfuss is a pig.
hillary is the 'star' of his piece and hillary's the least 1 that barack listens to.
my point isn't to defend hillary.
it's to note that being a pig hurts. dreyfuss could have had the story.
how samantha power calls the shots.
c.i. told you that forever and a day. not just this year, not just last year, not just in 2009. c.i.'s told you that all along.
dreyfuss came close to stumbling upon a reality. he missed it because he's a pig.
susan rice had an impact and more so than hillary. but samantha power is the advisor that has barack's ear and a bit more.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'