Back when Cindy Sheehan was baiting the then-President of the United States, Maureen Dowd defined as “absolute” “the moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq“.
Guess that absolute moral authority applies only to the parents of children killed in Iraq, but not those killed on the Mexican border as our reader Greg reports on his Rhymes with Right blog:
Barack Obama and Eric Holder are stonewalling on the release of documents related to the Operation Fast & Furious gunrunning scheme. The media is doing its best to avoid covering the story of what is going on — and when they do cover it, the present it as a political witch hunt. Who is not being heard? The parents of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed using the guns that the Obama Department of Justice allowed into the hands of criminals.
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Unlike Sheehan, who actually had a meeting with President Bush within weeks of her son’s death in Iraq, Ken and Josephine Terry have never been granted a meeting with President Obama or Attorney General Holder. Holder sent the couple a flaccid condolence letter, and Obama placed a phone call to them shortly before their son’s funeral — but failed to mention Fast & Furious or explain that the gun used to kill their son came from a botched operation of the Justice Department.
The parents of this slain law enforcement officer have supported the investigation into the program that resulted in their son’s death. They have publicly urged Obama and Holder to release the documents that will shed light on their son’s death and those responsible for it. Now they are outraged at the stonewalling and cover up that is going on as Obama has tried to shield Holder by invoking executive privilege.
Read the whole thing. Do wonder if Miss Dowd — and those who so approvingly cited her notion of absolute moral authority — will insist that the administration heed the requests of these parents.