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Child's Guide to United States Foreign Policy

Original post made by Jill Thompson, Midtown, on Feb 25, 2008

Q: Daddy, why did we have to attack Iraq?

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Posted by get a life
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Feb 26, 2008 at 11:38 am

You should stop wasting your time making pointless dialogue.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 26, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Daddy, what is a straw dog?


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Posted by Editing101
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 26, 2008 at 12:56 pm

So, you hate Bush and you disagree with his decisions - is that the point? I got lost somewhere around page 67.


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 26, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Sally: Mommy, why do men fight wars?

Mommy: Becasue men think about fighting, instead of about nurturing.

Sally: Why do men always want to fight, Mommy?

Mommy: Becasue it makes them feel important, honey.

Sally: Daddy doesn't always want to fight, does he?

Mommy: No, honey, your father is special. He has taken a pledge to never fight. A man like him is called a pacifist and a progressive. I am one, too.

Sally: Are all women pacifists, Mommy, becasue they are nurturing?

Mommy: Not all of them, just the intelligent ones.

Sally: So are dumb women not nurturing?

Mommy: They just don't know what it means to be nurturing, honey. They tend to let their husbands tell them what is right and wrong.

Sally: Does Daddy ever tell you what is right or wrong?

Mommy: Your father and I do sometimes have some disageements, but we never tell each other what to think. We both agree that war is wrong, and that it is caused by unnurturing men, like George Bush, the current president.

Sally: I have a friend in schoool, Johnny, and he says his father if fighting a war in Iraq. Is Johnny a bad boy?

Mommy: No, but he is headed in that direction, because his father is a bad man.

Sally: Johnny tells me that his father is fighting to overthrow a terrible man, called Saddam. Is Johnny lying, Mommy?

Mommy: He doesn't know it, but he has been lied to. His father is a fool.

Sally: Johnny says that Mr. Saddam killed millions of people. Is Johnny lying about that, Mommy?

Mommy: I don't want to talk about that, honey.

Sally: Why not?

Mommy: Daddy will be home soon, and I want to make sure that the chardonnay is chilled.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 27, 2008 at 5:33 pm

Right on, Gary, a perfect vignette of a prominent family. Only 2 corrections:

1) Dick Cheney's daughter is named Mary, not Sally

2) Although Dick has taken a pledge to never fight and is apparently a pacifist, at least as regards himself, his progressive credentials may be less evident.


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 27, 2008 at 5:44 pm

But Mike, I think Dick decided that Saddam was evil and worth fighting. I also think Saddam is now dead, becasue of Dick's policy.

My main question for you is: Does Dick like chardonnay?


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Posted by Jill Thompson's Daddy
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 27, 2008 at 6:54 pm


Jill you rotund plagiar, must I always follow you around and correct you errors;

Folks sorry about this but the source is not my lazy daughters work.

Here you go - Web Link - sorry for the trouble.

My attempts at teaching her the "Principles Regarding Academic Integrity" seem to be failing.


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 27, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Jill's Daddy,

I understand that it is difficult to raise kids in the current environment of immediate gratification, including plagiarism.

Perhpas Jill might consider a a mouth-washing with lye soap. It might make her feel better.

As a father, myself, Daddy, I feel your pain. Parenthood is a tough business.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2008 at 9:04 am

Jill's Daddy

Your lazy daughter may have pulled the wool over everyone and even her own eyes, but not everyone was fooled.

However, my post is really to say congratulations to Jill for thinking these things through and wanting to enter the debate. Too many of our lazy offspring couldn't really care about what is happening in the real world or just quote the policies of their social studies teacher without putting any thought of their own into the mix.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 28, 2008 at 9:51 am

"My main question for you is: Does Dick like chardonnay?"

Of course. Dick is a staunch conservative, and chardonnay is totally yesterday.

He does have this thing for removing recalcitrant dictators who dictate over oil fields, but he leaves all the other nasty dictators alone. His puppy in the oval office goes along. However, he can't seem to pull out any more oil than the dictator did, even after years of trying.


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 28, 2008 at 10:58 am

Problem is, whatever its source, Jill's post is 100% true. Don't we wish it was fiction.

Thanks for posting it, Jill, but you really should give the proper people the proper credit for this excellently stated expose of our administration's dismally twisted logic.

To paraphrase Harry Truman: I tell the truth, and that's hell.