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A Few Good Women: Response to "Why Women Still Can't Have It All"

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Then there is Ambassador Susan Rice, good ole' Susan at the UN who, in March attended an AIPAC conference to echo the commitment of her boss to Israel's "safety": "Not a day goes by -- not one -- when my colleagues and I do not work hard to defend Israel's security and legitimacy at the United Nations" (Huffington Post, March 6, 2012).   Along with Susan Rice, we have other "genuine superwomen" such as Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Michelle Gavin, Nancy-Ann Min DeParle," all Rhodes Scholars. And then there is Samantha Power (of Rwanda and other political intrigues) who "won a Pulitzer Prize at age 32"--how are younger highly educated, privileged women with choices to measure up to the standards of   "these very talented professional women," Slaughter asks. "Such a standard sets up most women for a sense of failure."


Never mind that these women nod and agree with and represent the U.S. Empire in exploiting and enslaving workers, women, and children, and whole populations of sovereign nations. Slaughter does not mention Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, great at her job of following policy and deporting mothers, fathers, children. As of this month, however, Obama's regime, visionaries, recognize the need for the Latino vote this coming November, not to mention future engineers, techies, drone operators, and plain old ordinary combat soldiers.


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Today, with more women "leaders" finding the exit door and returning home to families and less demanding jobs, these would-be superwomen are confronted by the "genuine superwomen" and the leader men who blame them for not working harder!


"Let's briefly examine the stories we tell ourselves, the cliche's that I and many other women typically fall back on when younger women ask us how we have managed to "have it all.' They are not necessarily lies, but at best partial truths," writes Slaughter.

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It is possible if you are just committed enough! But we are, writes Slaughter. But there are these "trade-offs and sacrifices; these children, particularly teenagers who need us; these planes to catch, conferences, and meetings. "Dry cleaning," "hair appointments," "Christmas shopping," along with "children's sporting events, music lessons, family meals" have to be done on the weekends, for heaven's sake!  


It's possible if you marry the right person! Well, Slaughter did and it still does not matter because having a "high-powered" career means she misses the experience of caring for children. It is not the same for men like the former diplomat Richard Holbrooke who "absence" from his family "was the price of saving people around the world--a price worth paying." Yes!   There are omissions in Slaughter's narrative that have to gloss over the reality that Democrats are equally warmongers, committed to sacrificing truth on behalf of the Empire's interests.  


In case you do not remember Holbrooke, because Slaughter will not tell you. She has an agenda and she assumes see is writing for that highly educated and privileged crowd and maybe some young college would be women "leaders," this is the same Holbrooke of Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, U.S. foreign policy of bringing democracy and saving the "little people" pf the world; the same Holbrooke journalist Robert Scheer wrote of in his article, "Speaking Ill of "the Best and the Brightest," Truthdig, December 22, 2010, shortly after Holbrooke died.


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Scheer writes:


One of "the best and the brightest' died last week, and in Richard Holbrooke we had a perfect example of the dark mischief to which David Halberstam referred when he authored that ironic label. Holbrooke's life marks the propensity of our elite institutions to turn out alpha leaders with simplistic world-ordering ambitions unrestrained by moral conscience or intellectual humility.

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Dr. Lenore J. Daniels, Black Commentator, Editorial Board and Columnist, Doctorate in Modern American Literature/Cultural Theory

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