Channeling Julia Ward Howe, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said we should end the war in Iraq because of the mothers. In her statement, appropriately titled "As A Mother", Pelosi waxes poetically about how women have always been the peacemakers, how she was so thankful she was able to bring her experience as a mother to the position of the Speaker of the House, how when she went to the Middle East last month pandering for peace, she went there as a mother. Good Lord, what a bunch of prattle coming from the
mother woman who is two heartbeats away from the presidency.
There are numerous reasons to end this war - the cost of lives and limbs, the cost in dollars, the cost to our reputation in the world, the cost to our military and National Guard - but it is as a mother, that I am most committed to ending this war, because war hits mothers in an especially painful and personal way. We cannot help but think of our fellow mothers as their young sons and daughters are sent off to war in Iraq - praying for their child's safety, anxiously awaiting a call, an e-mail, a letter - anything. The relief as their children return, or the utter devastation when their children never come home. We think too of the Iraqi mothers, who have lost their children, and whose children are growing up surrounded by warfare and destruction.
Women have always been the peacekeepers of our societies. When I became the first woman Speaker of the House this year, I was honored to assume this position and humbled by the responsibility it brought. Nothing in my life will ever compare to being a mother - not being a Member of Congress; not being Speaker of the House. But I am thankful that I have the opportunity to bring my experience as a mother to this position. When I traveled to the Middle East last month in search for diplomacy and peace, I was there as Speaker of the House. But I was also there as a mother, carrying Julia Ward Howe's message. When I cast my vote yesterday for an end to the war in Iraq, I did so as a Member of Congress. But my vote was also taken as a mother of five and grandmother of six. We will bring an end to this war because the world is not ours alone, but our children's as well. As the adage goes, we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children. Let us heed the call of Julia Ward Howe and make this Mother's Day a Mother's Day for Peace, and as mothers, as daughters, and as families, bring an end to this war.
Jules Crittenden aptly calls it "mommy babble":
As it is, it’s a lot of warmed-over sanctimonious peace tripe from someone who has yet to attempt to offer a viable alternative, and continues to press ahead with dead-on-arrival gambits that only serve to encourage our enemies.
I have nothing against mothers mind you, mine is simply the best. But I think someone who has a direct impact on the War on Terror should bring a little more experience to the table. I doubt mommy Pelosi's experience as a mother included saving her children from the death cult of jihad.