Jewish World Review Nov. 11, 2003 / 16 Mar-Cheshvan 5764
Pride more precious than lives?: Sean Hannity is the right man to reverse the maddening trend
Seems lately that embarrassing another has become the worst transgression one person can commit against another.
Last week, syndicated talk show host, the adorable Sean Hannity, screamed holy horror about a democratic staff memo leaked to him that came out of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Democrats felt that embarrassing the administration would strengthen their political position. Hannity with his self-admitted fondness for the President, felt that the attempt to embarrass the present administration and his pre-war strategy would hurt the war effort.
Is embarrassment that dangerous? Is image that much more important than substance? No shock when speaking of Hollywood and though it might be annoying, few lives are lost to that credo. Souls perhaps, but body bags? Never. But when you apply the same notion to politics and Washington, the result could be deadly.
On the ABC Sunday morning's This Week, Richard Perle, American Enterprise Institute fellow and former chairman of the Defense Policy Board, the Pentagon's advisory panel prior to the Iraqi war, said the prior to the invasion offer from the Iraqis was not seriously pursued was because if the part of the offer which mentioned oil concessions got out, it would embarrass the United States. Excepting that the administration could have said "no" to the oil concessions, is it better that our men and women were and continue to be killed because we didn't want to take a chance of being embarrassed?
Perhaps that Sean's ire would be better served if he would scream about the administration's seeming concern that the POSSIBLE indignities of preemptive negotiation are of more consequence than the deaths of our young men and women. I wonder how much embarrassment the heartbroken parents of children coming home in boxes would be willing to absorb to see their sons and daughters live again?
A staffer's memo versus an administration that chose to ignore an attempt to abort a deadly war. Which one seems more urgent, more vile; more dangerous to you?
Sean. Where's your outrage? Why have you chosen not to alert your millions of fans to this administration's horrific crime of choosing vanity over lives; of fearing embarrassment over fearing war. It certainly can't be partisanship? Not you. It couldn't be fear. Not a person who stands up to the threats you say that Senator Jay Rockefeller launched in your direction (though with Mark Levin in your corner perhaps you might want to make sure you have plenty of raw meat with you). I know that you're not the type of person who would tap dance or rationalize the Iraqi offer as just another delaying ploy by Saddam. I just couldn't believe that my Sean Hannity would want to show up at the door of a slain soldier's grieving mother to tell her that the chance of this particular offer being just another false hope was not worth her child's life. Not the Sean Hannity I've come to know and respect
I'm sure it's just that haven't gotten around to dealing with it yet. Hopefully you will this week because you, Sean, are the perfect person to get the world to take notice of this insult to every soldier who puts his life on the line. People trust you. Don't let this opportunity to demonstrate the real patriotism that lives within you. And when you speak out with as much wrath and vinegar for what Richard Perle has admitted to with as much vitriol as you did about the leaked memo then I will be sure that you are more than just another political operative hiding behind a pretty face. Go get 'em Sean!
JWR contributor Steve Young, Prism Award winner and Humanitas Prize nominee for his
television writing, is film
correspondent for BBC radio.
He is the author of "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful: Mistakes, Adversity, Failure and
Other Stepping Stones to Success," "The 130 Tales of Winchell Mink," Harper Collins (Winter, 2003) and the director/writer of "My Dinner With Ovitz."
His website is www.greatfailure.com.
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