August 7, 2005

Cindy Sheehan, patriot

"I won't leave until he answers me and doesn't lie." Those are the words of Cindy Sheehan, mother of a slain soldier who arrived in a bus with "Impeachment Tour" painted on the side to hold a vigil outside Bush's make-believe "ranch" near Crawford, TX. (Where fearless leader is taking a five week vacation.)

I think she may be there an awful long time.

From the L.A. Times:

CRAWFORD, Texas — Two senior White House aides met with the angry mother of a fallen U.S. soldier Saturday, but they rejected Cindy Sheehan's demand for a direct accounting from President Bush for the way he has conducted the war in Iraq.

The surprise meeting, which lasted about 45 minutes, took place on a roadside several miles from the president's ranch, where federal and local law enforcement officials had halted Sheehan's advance toward the 1,600-acre estate. Bush is spending much of August on vacation at the ranch.

Sheehan, a 48-year-old from Vacaville, Calif., was accompanied by about 50 placard-wielding antiwar activists. After police and Secret Service agents stopped their march on a country lane, Sheehan and half a dozen resolute supporters stayed put while others turned back, trudging down Prairie Chapel Road under the hot Central Texas sun.

After her conversation with national security advisor Stephen Hadley and White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin, Sheehan said in an interview that she would remain in Crawford and continue to seek a meeting with Bush.

"I didn't change my mind at all," she said.

"They said the president really believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction," Sheehan said.

"And I told them: 'I might be a grieving mom, but you men are very intelligent, and I know you don't believe what you're telling me.' "

Hadley and Hagin said they would relay her sentiments to Bush, according to Sheehan.

The president has met privately around the country with numerous family members of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, but not with relatives who actively oppose the war. [Bush won't dare talk to ANYONE who disagrees with him. It's much easier to fake sympathy with dupes that still think he's a hero.]

"We mourn the loss of every life, and Americans deeply appreciate those who have made the supreme sacrifice," White House Deputy Press Secretary Trent Duffy said. "The way to honor that sacrifice is to complete the mission so that their lives were not lost in vain." [The "spill more blood to make the blood already spilled worth it" theory. Also known as the "When you find yourself in a deep hole, dig harder" theory.]

Sheehan's son Casey, 24, was killed in the Sadr City section of Baghdad on April 4, 2004. She is a founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, an organization of people who have lost loved ones as a result of war, particularly in Iraq.

Sheehan has previously been turned away while trying to protest the war at the Pentagon.

She told reporters here that she not only opposed the war but objected to Bush's assertions that U.S. soldiers had died "for a noble cause."

"I don't want him to use my son's name, or my name, to justify any more killings. And I want to tell the president that, and I want to ask the president why my son died," Sheehan said, contending that the war was "based on horrendous lies and deceptions."

Her meeting with two of Bush's top aides came amid a surge in U.S. casualties in Iraq and sagging public support for the president's handling of the war.

A Newsweek poll released Saturday found that 61% of Americans disapproved of Bush's handling of the war and 34% approved. The magazine said the poll, conducted Tuesday through Thursday, marked Bush's lowest approval rating yet on Iraq and was the first time it had dropped below 40%.

Half of respondents said the U.S. was losing ground in its efforts to establish security and democracy in Iraq; 40% said the U.S. was making progress.

To read what the "compassionate conservatives" over at Free Republic have to say about this grieving mother, go here and scroll down to the comments. If your stomach isn't churning enough already, you can read the comments here as well. Then read this amazing post if you can take even more insanity.


At 8/07/2005 7:59 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Sorry to totally miss the point with my question, and beleive me I don't What exactly does Bush do with that ranch? Are there any cattle there? I know for a fact there are no horses.I hate to say it but it seems kind of phoney like his military record for instance or maybe the reasons we invaded Iraq in the first place.

At 8/07/2005 8:17 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You don't have to hate to say it. Hell, Bush bought the "ranch" only after the election... it's just a multi-million dollar prop to try to cash in on some of that Reagan cowboy BS.

Bush is no more a cowboy or rancher than I'm an astronaut. The guy wouldn't know how to pour piss out of his boot if the instructions were written on the heel.

At 8/08/2005 6:44 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dope, thanks for shedding light on this story that would have remained in the vault here in the QCA.

Our local press just loves Bush here and all they want to talk about are how the dam ribbons disappear off cars -remember that important story? And of course hilighting the departure and return of the troops but downplay of those who return wounded - unless of course they are in a coffin and then everyone wants to talk about how heroic the soldier was and the cause..... (can you say oil?)

Yeah, well Bush and co will surely now use the patriot act to check fully into the personal records of Ms. Cindy Sheehan.

So her son died fighting to keep Bush's right to violate his mother's and our civil rights.

She is correct, the whole thing has been a farce from the start. Keep on trucking Ms. Sheehan.

At 8/08/2005 10:10 AM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

I was walking down 2nd Street in downtown Davenport and the newspaper QCTimes vending machines had a different front page than I had seen online or on the "uptown?" papers. Do they make their own versions for downtown dwellers? The reason I noticed is there was a half-page picture of Bush on the front with an inch headline saying "What's going on?" next to him. Underneath it mentioned his dropping approval rating and especially war approval ratings. Was this the normal times and the other one I saw was a fluke, or was the anti-Bush front page a fluke?

At 8/08/2005 2:38 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

QCI... interesting question. I've often figured that there are differences between online and the print editions, and I've noticed sometimes that even on-line stories will change or be edited from day to day.

For instance, I wanted to do a post on Davenport deciding to install more traffic cameras to catch speeders and wanted a quote from an alderman who was in favor of fining people around $45 or so for going over the limit as little as 1 mph. But within 24 hours, the online version had changed and the quote I was looking for had been omitted.

I suppose the best way to get to the bottom of this would be to simply call the Times and ask.

At 8/09/2005 12:49 PM, Blogger diehard said...

This poor woman! I have heard that Bush's bodyguards have been threatining her.

At 8/09/2005 6:32 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

I think this story could be easily made into another Michael Moore film! I hope Michael has taken note here.

Perhaps if he were by her side, they'd be a little more reluctant to harrass her so much huh?

Dope do you know how to reach M Moore and make a suggestion to him??

At 8/11/2005 6:39 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Today's QC Times has a column by Barb Ickes about a lady from Silvis whose son is going to Iraq who is now driving to Crawford Texas to be with Cindy Sheehan.

It's interesting. Looks like there is going to be a large convergence of mom's from all over flocking down there. Prediction: Bush will arrest Cindy right away this morning and try to get it done away from any press - if any are there......


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