I was in the changing room at the gym last night and saw Congressman Patrick Kennedy on the news, shouting and waving his arms. A woman watching the TV muttered in disgust.
Congressman Kennedy is disliked by many and has given his opponents more than enough ammunition during his tenure. He’ll be ridiculed for losing his cool this time.
But look at where we are, almost nine years after September 11. We were lied into invading Iraq. We were expecting a quick war with few casualties. We are slowly drawing our troops out, hoping the country can hold together. We invaded Afghanistan without a clear plan, and our President wants to escalate the war, Congressman Langevin wants to send more drones.
This is a terrible price to pay for our soldiers, for the Afghan people, for our economy as we cut essential services to pay for war.
I don’t know how the war will play out, but Congressman Kennedy was making sense–
“There’s two press people in this gallery,” Kennedy yelled during a debate over an anti-war resolution. “We’re talking about Eric Massa 24-7 on the TV, we’re talking about war and peace, $3 billion, 1,000 lives and no press? No press.”
“You want to know why the American public is fit?” he continued. “They’re fit because they’re not seeing their Congress do the work that they’re sent to do. It’s because the press, the press of the United States is not covering the most significant issue of national importance and that’s the laying of lives down in the nation for the service of our country. It’s despicable, the national press corps right now.”
Remember Pat Tillman? Remember Jessica Lynch? Remember when we counted the cost? Now the war smolders in the background while ‘experts’ speculate on who we should invade next.
It truly is a problem from hell, and I don’t know the answer. But before they pile on Congressman Kennedy I want to say he’s right to call out the press, and the public, for wasting time on gossip while our troops are at war.