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Late-breaking Bush AWOL News: Maureen would like her readers to know that our friends at Moveon.org have a new TV commercial that goes after the Bush military record issue and Republican smears against John Kerry's military record. It can be viewed here.

BROOKS, NOVAK and COULTER: SHOW SOME RESPECT

It's tiresome to have to do this: step up to the plate to deliver some "points of light" to certain pundits of the rightwing variety. Mine is an onerous task as such pundits consistently reveal their appalling - and terminal - obtuseness. The most ignored major news story of Campaign 2000 - GW Bush's (AWOL) military service record - finally surfaced this past February. Pundit David Brooks sure was inconvenienced about it, as evidenced by his performance on the February 13th edition of PBS' "News Hour".

Astoundingly dense and inexcusably myopic, Brooks and the conservative punditocracy are arrogantly dismissive of Vietnam because the majority of these well-heeled, armchair patriots never served themselves nor have their families experienced war-associated loss. Brooks and his ilk need to "get over" their disdain for the topic of the Vietnam conflict, during which millions of his so-called "boomers" served by actually fighting the enemy up close and personal. To wit:

BROOKS: "You know, the youngest voters were born in 1986. What are they supposed to make about something that happened in 1972? I just think Sept. 11 happened -- we've got important issues to talk about. The idea that we are talking about something 30 years ago; we are as far removed as Vietnam as Vietnam was removed from prohibition. . . it's ridiculous to go back this far."

Later in the broadcast -

BROOKS: "Why doesn't anyone talk about the 90s, the '80s? -- because boomers can't get over Vietnam...a lot of us can get over it. "

Some "Points of Light" for David Brooks:

Point 1: Vietnam was a real and relatively recent event in US history which has - and will - linger in the collective American consciousness. The bitter lessons learned there have been invoked time and time again recently - only to be blithely disregarded as those in power recklessly wage "elective" and "pre-emptive" wars. In one of your recent New York Times columns, you invoked the Holocaust of sixty years ago as you wrote of your own son's bar mitzvah. It's as inappropriate to tell Jews and the rest of humanity to "get over" the Holocaust as it is to tell Americans and the rest of humanity to "get over" Vietnam. Dignify your profession by educating yourself about Vietnam so you can speak or write about it responsibly in the future.

Point 2: Consider these enlightening statistics: Vietnam was our nation's longest-waged war; more than 8 million Americans served; 58,235 killed in action; 303,704 wounded; 2,338 missing in action; 766 prisoners of war.

Point 3: My eldest brother's name is engraved on Panel 34W Line 70 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. I won't have you or anyone else belittle his sacrifice, desecrate his memory, or mock my family's loss. Frankly, you need to wise up, change your attitude and show some respect. He and his fallen brothers - as well as our living Vietnam vets - deserve nothing less.

Conservative journalist Bob Novak's fawning endorsement of Karl Rove's "Mission Accomplished" photo-op was evident on May 4, 2003's "Meet The Press," and was enthusiastically echoed by an equally giddy Tim Russert, David Broder and Doris Kearns Goodwin. Their memory was weak, but it served:

NOVAK: "But I would say that the response by our Democrats that, well, he [George W. Bush] 'missed a lot of National Guard meetings' is not going to do the trick. The other thing is that the leader in some of the polls by a fairly wide margin is Joe Lieberman. Could Joe Lieberman get into a jet pilot's jump suit and look credible? I doubt it, so this is one little advantage that George W. has."

Some "Points of Light" for Bob Novak:

Point 1: Your Bush syncophant mentality was later confirmed via your complicity with the White House vendetta against Joe Wilson. As dutiful hatchet man, you publicly revealed the identity of Wilson's wife, CIA Agent Valerie Plame. Journalists aren't supposed to be hatchet men - you have discredited yourself and your profession.

Point 2: Your dismissive remark about "missed National Guard meetings" as the Meet The Press panel tittered agreement exposed your collective callousness toward the Vietnam generation. The party line thus displayed was that GW Bush is above mere mortals; accountability is not required of Lt. Bush because a Kennebunkport Brahmin is by definition more precious and less expendable than the ordinary young Americans of the day. In point of fact it wasn't okay then and it isn't okay now - Lt. Bush disappeared from duty as hundreds of young men were killed weekly in Vietnam and thousands of others were wounded while honorably fulfilling their military obligations. Mr. Novak, you're a Korean War era veteran yourself. How many times did you fail to show up for duty? To revere GW Bush as a "Vietnam era veteran" is both a laughable stretch and an insult to the ones who actually fulfilled their commitments. Show some respect.

Ann Coulter, you outdid even yourself with your February 11th article, "Cleland Drops a Political Grenade". As a former magazine editor, I'll always defend your right to write about any topic you desire. It's how you write, your professionalism, tone, fairness, and ethics that are at issue here - proof positive that a writer's work mirrors the content of their character.

Alas my dear, you didn't play fair and what resulted was a malicious, thoroughly detestable and glaringly obvious rant. In short, you lied, smeared, and libeled Max Cleland. Regrettably, the Heritage Foundation and Max Steyen of The Washington Times, among others, functioned as your willing lackeys. They posted/praised your invective, no questions asked and with no fact checking. To see how you could have researched your subject matter, see the Max Bivens article in The Nation, "Little Miss Treason". You'll observe how Bivens researched the Vietnam War, Max Cleland's heroism during the siege of Khe Sanh (for which he was awarded the Silver Star), and how Cleland was catastrophically wounded. Bivens provides weblinks to his research, including a true account of Cleland's wounding from none other than his Battalion XO, Maury Cralle of the 2d/12 Cavalry Battalion 1st Air Cavalry Division during the assault on Khe Sanh. It is available at Buzzflash.com and is entitled The True Story of Max Cleland's Vietnam Injuries - A BuzzFlash Reader Commentary.

Fortunately, some journalists care about ethics. Your article received widespread criticism and condemnation as an outrage. CNN Capital Gang panelist Al Hunt named you and your malevolent piece as "Outrage of the Week" on the February 14th program. Mr. Hunt rightfully designated you as a "Republican hit lady" and criticized the Heritage Foundation for posting your trash on their website.

Some "Points of Light" for Ann Coulter:

Point 1: None - can't do it. The Mother of All Floodlights is required. Tragically, I don't know where this device -- the Mother of All Floodlights - is located.

Even so, Ms. Coulter, viciousness such as yours reveals it will take at least several lifetimes for you to evolve to minimal competency in the departments of grace, empathy, intelligence, and class.

Show some "respect"? I can't request this of you, can I?

You don't even know the meaning of the word.

2004 Maureen Griswold

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