Bush Abandons Iraqi Women
August 26, 2005
In Salon's War Room (subscription only), Tim Grieve reminds just how big a deal the president made out of his commitment to liberating the women of Iraq: "Remember Safia Taleb al-Suhail? She was the Iraqi woman George W. Bush trotted out for his State of the Union address earlier this year, the daughter of a man murdered by Saddam Hussein who provided the feel-good moment of the president's performance when, sitting up there in the balcony with Laura Bush, she embraced the mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq."
Just to be clear: I find not the tiniest shred of satisfaction in having been right about Bush's (un)willingness to defend Iraqi women's rights. Yifat Susskind of MADRE wrote for TomPaine.com recently about how Bush's war has left Iraqi women "worse off today...then they were under the notoriously repressive regime of Saddam Hussein." Some noble cause.