Rice herself demurs simply that she had thought that, as a single woman, she had come a long way, baby.
Come on. That is utter nonsense, and Rice knows it perfectly well. Boxer would not and did not imply any such thing about the decision-making capacities of single people, nor did she, as the other goofballs cynically insist, make any judgments about Rice's personal life, whatever it may entail. (Personally, I think maybe she's just asexual. Some people are; perhaps they just developed different priorities in life. Nothing wrong with that.)
But the thing is that Boxer is absolutely correct about this. Because we have a professional military, and because the citizenry have been dissociated both from the decision-making process and its consequences, there is a cognitive gap between those who actually have skin in this game, those who determine their fates but have no such physical stake, and everyone else, who are neither affecting the terms of the process nor physically participating in the actual war or imminent escalation. I know the Grabthar's Hammer crowd (aka The Knights of Prosperity) like to pretend that they're "contributing" by rubbing the world's nose in their profound fever dreams of vicarious bloodlust, or what they like to think are "ideas" and "principles". But unless we are serving, or have a close friend or relative serving, we are not in the shit, we are merely discussing the smell.
And Rice is indeed fair game for criticism because she has always been -- and continues to be -- one of Fredo's more reliable manure-spreaders any time he decides to drop a deuce.
Al Simpson is not exactly a pinko commie islamojihadi rent-boy. But he should be a bit more honest about the situation. It is not accidental that they repudiate dialogue with Iran. They don't want dialogue; they don't want peace. They want an excuse to expand the escalation, and take on the mullahs. They didn't laterally move an admiral from PACOM to take over for Abizaid at CENTCOM -- where the only significant body of water is the Strait of Hormuz -- for nothing. They haven't moved a carrier group and a Patriot missile battery to the Persian Gulf for shits and giggles.
And that is why Boxer is right, much righter than Rice's hypocritical defenders and Rice herself will let themselves admit. Someone else deals with the consequences of their grandiose schemes. Someone else foots the bill, pays the weapons contractors and the reconstruction grifters. Someone else takes the bullet, or the sword, or the power drill, or the cluster bomb.
When Pierce Bush has to serve in Iraq or Iran, then Unca George will find a way to jaw-jaw instead of reflexively going for war-war. Till then, it's more cheap sloganeering and cynical posturing, like always. Making this about some imagined insult regarding Rice's personal life (or lack of one) is a ridiculously transparent dodge.