Boxer and Rice: Further
Money quotes from Fox News:
- - - - - -Rice told FOX News' Jim Angle that she was confused by Boxer's comments at first.
"I guess that means I don't have kids. Was that the purpose of that?" Rice said. "Well, at the time I just found it a bit confusing frankly. But in retrospect, gee, I thought single women had come further than that. That the only question is are you making good decisions because you have kids?"
- - - - - -Boxer released a statement Friday to FOXNews.com through her spokeswoman, Natalie Ravitz, saying:
"I spoke the truth at the committee hearing, which is that neither Secretary Rice nor I have family members that will pay the price for this escalation. My point was to focus attention on our military families who continue to sacrifice because this Administration has not developed a political solution to the situation in Iraq."
OYE Comment: This clarification makes it clear that Senator Boxer was talking about her own, and Secretary Rice's, lack of a personal, family connection to military service in the GWOT. OYE expands that focus to whether high officials in our government personally know any enlisted servicemembers or junior officers, who bear the greatest risks in combat.