flip-flops: whatever happened to being able to change your mind or elaborate on an idea?|
|Date:||August 12th, 2005 10:14 am (UTC)|| |
So I've been thinking about this Cindy Sheehan story and have come up with some tentative thoughts. Now, mind you, I have not put a lot of research into this, so I'm not sure if I'm missing anything but...
So the basic story is that this woman wants to meet with the president so that she can ask him some hard questions about why her son had to die. Seems like a reasonable thing to want to do. Whatever ultimate goal she had when she started her demonstration, she is getting a lot of publicity regarding her concerns and questions.
If the president had met with her privately, what would have happened? At best she would have gotten the kinds of answers that reporters have been getting all along....and maybe a bit of sympathy specifically for her son and situation. At worst she would have been heard, blown off, and left more upset and hurt than before. But none of that would have resulted in more than (maybe) a short story in her local paper and a few blogs.
The situation as it stands now is the only thing that has made this a story. So I'm all for Bush continuing not to meet with her. I don't think it honestly matters either way if he does meet with her in the end. She's not going to get any better answers than the rest of us. However, for as long as the public are interested, she is a rallying point. In fact, if done right, she may bring more parents and family members of service people into the dialog and get them active in general.
So I'm all for the situation. Go Bush for helping to create a story and go Cindy for doing what she thinks is right.