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Sunday, January 27, 2008

There's "charmless"... and then there is just plain callous!

A blogger friend of mine once referred to Tzipi Livni as 'charmless'.  But the more I read about Livni, the more I've come to the conclusion that 'charmless' is about the nicest thing one can say about her.  After reading her most recent comments in preparation for the release this week of the Winograd findings, I think you'd have to agree that she's broken new ground in charmlessness.

According to several published reports, Livni appealed to families of soldiers who were killed in the Second Lebanon War not to allow their 'differences of opinion over the Winograd Report' to create further divisions between the government and the public.

Did you get that?

These poor families spend much of each day trying to simply look away from the gaping hole in their lives left by the death of thier husbands, fathers and sons... and Ms. Livni somehow got the idea that it would be OK to accuse them of selfishly driving a wedge between the government and the public with their inconvenient grief and perfectly justifiable calls for a new government.

If it had ended there I could probably have let her off the hook with just 'charmless'.  But IMHO, her most mind-bogglingly callous quote was this follow-up:

"We have a major problem with public trust and the worst thing we can do is create camps -- us on the one side and the bereaved families and soldiers on the other.... This is bad for the government and bad for Kadima."

This level of callous self-interest is almost too horrible to contemplate!

News flash for Ms. Livni (and her boss):

These families paid the ultimate price so that you and your fellow stooges could get free on the job training and a second-hand copy of 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Running a Wartime Government'.  You and your fellow ass-clowns robbed these citizens of their loved ones with your bungling prosecution of the war... as well as your feckless negotiations for a toothless cease-fire... and therefore you've forfeited the right to ask them for anything else, much less malign them for political gain!

Even if any of these people were of a mind to care about your government's sagging approval rating, they have far more important things on their minds right now than what's good for Kadima... or for you.  Just concentrating on silly, frivolous things like getting through the day without dying of sorrow is about all most of them can manage.

Sorry if that puts a damper on your big plans to cling to power.

Posted by David Bogner on January 27, 2008 | Permalink


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Ahh, I knew there was a reason I don't read the news (at least most of the time). Thanks for the reminder.

Posted by: westbankmama | Jan 27, 2008 5:59:44 PM

Yeah. She's ugly too.

Posted by: Evan | Jan 27, 2008 11:32:18 PM

Charmless, callous...how about shameless?

Posted by: psachya | Jan 28, 2008 9:20:31 AM

sorry Evan but your remark is out of plaace I reckon. First of all the "charm" wouldn't be so important for a male politician, secondly your remark is tasteless and thirdly her sons serve in the army, as she did

Posted by: asher | Jan 28, 2008 12:13:06 PM

westbankmama... Probably a wise decision.

Evan... Not helpful.

psachya... No, I think shameless fits most Israeli politicians. :-)

asher... While I happen to agree with you that Evan's comment was tasteless, inappropriate (and sexist), you have once again used a shotgun where you could/should have used a scalpel. 'Charm' is a term that can be correctly used for either gender. Bibi, whatever you may think of him, is chock full of charm. So is Olmert. Livni has a negative charm factor that actually sucks the charm out of any room she enters. Lastly, what the heck does her, or her sons, having served in the army have to do with the price of tea in China? Your comment would have been so much more effective if you had counted to ten before submitting it.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jan 28, 2008 12:24:18 PM

Sorry if I offended anyone, was not my intent. Certainly wasn't intended to be sexist. I just find most of the post-Zionist crop of leaders to be revolting. Bibi has the "charm" of a used car salesman. Makes you feel good while he's talking, then you go home and think, "What was it that I just agreed with?"

Posted by: Evan | Jan 28, 2008 12:57:06 PM

First point – if what oozes from the very pores of Bibi and Olmert is charm, then give me politicians without it!
Secondly, I have to compare the warm embrace given by the religious right to the families of the fallen with that given to the “Four Mothers” whose sons fell in Lebanon in an earlier period. I will not expound on this, draw your own conclusions about ulterior motives or however you see it.
Thirdly, about the price of tea in China (two Yuan for a bushel, I can get it for you wholesale), Van Morrison wrote the ultimate lyric about that in “Tupelo Honey”, but Cassandra Wilson has a wonderful cover of it (and works a line from Hendrix in as a bonus).
But seriously, folks, Livni, as a mother, will be acquainted with the saying of Ben-Gurion (my off-top-of-head translation of “Teda col Em Ivriyya”) that “every Hebrew mother should know that the fate and well-being of her sons is entrusted to the commanders most fitting”. It’s written in letters of Kiddush Levana at every induction center, draft board and training camp. That’s what it has to do with the price of tea.

Posted by: asher | Jan 30, 2008 9:03:13 AM

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