Monday, August 08, 2005

Cindy Sheehan's trip to Crawford, Texas -- as covered by The Lone Star Iconoclast


Please click here for more pictures and a blow-by-blow first impression of Cindy Sheehan's arrival in Crawford Texas on August 6 to confront the vacationing President Bush about the war that killed her son.
I've said all along that this is the reason our brave Flyboy-in-Chief hasn't gone to any of the 1,800+ funerals of Americans killed in Viet... Iraq - - uncontrollable next-of-kin. And even if the parents and siblings could be properly vetted by Diebold to insure that they voted correctly in the last election, there's no telling when some mad uncle or cousin or old girlfriend isn't going to stand up from their pew and start asking uncomfortable questions about Downing Street Memos and sexed-up intelligence and the relative worths of blood and oil or the President's own inability to serve in the war that he supported and that he was trained to fight.
No, we'd better keep him protected from the tens of thousands of close friends and relatives of the men and women who have died and are still dying for unknown reasons (because it's no longer about the nonexistent WMDs, and maybe it never was). We'd better keep him secluded behind layers of security and sycophants whether he's in DC or Crawford or on the road with the Privatize Social Security tour. We better make sure that he doesn't hear or read anything that hasn't been filtered through Dick Cheney and Karl Rove. We wouldn't want to upset him by letting Cindy Sheehan continue:
“I didn’t come all this way from California to stand here in a ditch,” said Cindy Sheehan, 48, co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, attempting to continue her trek to the ranch.
Even though two of the President’s aides later agreed to deliver her message to him, Sheehan said that she would remain in Crawford for the whole month, if need be, until she is granted a private audience with the commander-in-chief to ask him for what “noble cause” did her son die overseas.
“If he doesn’t come out to talk to me in Crawford, I’ll follow him to D.C., and I’ll camp out on his lawn,” she said, to a round of applause from her supporters. “I’ll go to prison. I don’t want to live in a country where people are treated this way.”
Sheehan’s actions, she said, were sparked by President Bush’s comments like those made last Wednesday in Grapevine to about 1,800 members of the American Legislative Exchange Council: “Our men and women who’ve lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and in this war on terror have died in a noble cause and a selfless cause.”
“We all know by now that that’s not true, and I want to ask George Bush, ‘Why did my son die? What was the noble cause that he died for?’” said Sheehan. “I don’t want [President Bush] to use my son’s name or my family name to justify any more killing or to exploit my son’s name, my son’s sacrifice, or my son’s honor to justify more killing. As a mother, why would I want one more mother to go through what I’m going through, Iraqi or American?
“And I want to tell him that the only way to honor my son’s sacrifice is to bring the troops home now.”
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19 comments:

alan s said...

The mother of a fallen U.S. soldier who is holding a roadside peace vigil near President Bush's ranch -- has dramatically changed her account about what happened when she met the commander-in-chief last summer!

Cindy Sheehan, 48, of Vacaville, Calif., who last year praised Bush for bringing her family the "gift of happiness," took to the nation's TV outlets this weekend to declare how Bush "killed an indispensable part of our family and humanity."

CINDY 2004

THE REPORTER of Vacaville, CA published an account of Cindy Sheehan's visit with the president at Fort Lewis near Seattle on June 24, 2004:

"'I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,' Cindy said after their meeting. 'I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith.'

"The meeting didn't last long, but in their time with Bush, Cindy spoke about Casey and asked the president to make her son's sacrifice count for something. They also spoke of their faith.

"The trip had one benefit that none of the Sheehans expected.

"For a moment, life returned to the way it was before Casey died. They laughed, joked and bickered playfully as they briefly toured Seattle.

For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again.

"'That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy said."

alan s said...

She is the lowest form of human being. Getting her five minutes of fame because of this. This family had pictures of the Bush visit praising him on the Web Site. Now they are gone. Her son is turning over in his grave about his moms actions. It's a shame !!!!

True Blue Liberal said...

Alan, Just let me get this straight. You're attacking the mother of a man who died in this war based on lies? Her grief and her concern for other mothers' sons are insincere because she may have changed her mind about the war and the sincerity of the man who created it?
You actually say in your second comment that " She is the lowest form of human being."????? I try to be polite here, but this is beyond the pale. Fuck this war. Fuck the President and his minions who started it. And fuck you Alan.

Confederate Yankee said...

I'm glad we can count on you "true blue liberals" for reasoned discussion.

Cindy sheehan advocates a direct pullout of all tropps now, and doesn't give a damn about the 25 million Iraqis left in the lurch.

She wants revenge against Bush, and doesn't care about how many other lives are threatened by her political agenda.

Her son left a legacy that she is trying very hard to destroy in her misguided grief. This isn't about anyone else. This is about her hatred, and nothing more.

True Blue Liberal said...

Dear Johnny Reb, Glad to see you're still supporting the slave states. Your mother must be proud. You have the nerve to write, "This is about her hatred, and nothing more"??? No, this is about her love for her son and that's why it scares the Right so much. They know the power of phony phamily values, so the power of a mother's love (especially if allowed to multiply to other family members) is obvious to them, and they know they need to nip it in the bud with ridicule as soon as possible. And you know what? It's not gonna work. It's gonna bite them in their flabby chickenhawk asses.

Anonymous said...

Cindy sheehan advocates a direct pullout of all tropps now, and doesn't give a damn about the 25 million Iraqis left in the lurch.

If we leave now it will be horrific for the Iraqis not interested in fomenting war, chaos & extremism.

If we leave later it will be horrific for the Iraqis not interested in fomenting war, chaos & extremism.


Thanks to this criminal administration those are the choices.


- oddjob

DBK said...

Some of you people are a lkittle koo-koo, not to mention dishonest. You might mention, if you want to talk about story's changing, the Downing Street Memo and the affect that had on Ms Sheehan's position, learning as she did that Bush and most of his administration lied in order to start this war that killed her son. That would affect my views as well. And if you read the original story and how she spoke to Bush, it was clear that she did so with a barely controlled anger at the man who is supposed to be president.

I think it shows an enormous lack of character, decency, and common sense for you people to attack Cindy Sheehan and her character over this. I don't think you're honest people at all and I don't think you are engaged in honest disagreement. It reads more like someone told you to post in this comments thread and you're just following orders. Why else would anyone pursue this thread in this manner?

As for the Iraqis, the situation is now a complete fiasco, and that is all Bush's fault. His administration decided to pursue a regime that had nothing to do with 9/11 and to lie about why they were doing it. The Iraqi people are now much worse off than they were under Hussein, who ran a secular government regardless of how oppressive it may have been, and will soon be an Iranian satellite. Unless you are prepared to maintain an army of some quarter to half a million troops permanently in Iraq, there will be a civil war and Iran will be the nation that backs the winners. Then we'll have another religious state in the Middle East that hates the US. The Iraqis are already making overtures to Iran.

Really, this administration has bungled everything to do with the Middle East and now you people want to smear Cindy Sheehan rather than look at the lies you were told by the Bush administration. And that is why I think you are koo-koo.

Ol Cranky said...

"She is the lowest form of human being"

Alan:
no, the lowest form of human being is someone who would stomp for a war he/she would not sign up to fight in, or someone who would pull strings to opt out of duty in their own time and then create a similar debacle with even great potential repercussions to the whole world and continue to lie about it (without serving or sending their own kin to do so). What division are you in?

Confederate Yankee
"Cindy sheehan advocates a direct pullout of all tropps now, and doesn't give a damn about the 25 million Iraqis left in the lurch."
Who managed to make Baghdad a drawing point for insurgents and terrorists? We got rid of Saddam (who we placed there and supported tobegin with) and tried to rig their election (wasn't this war about given them freedom and free elections?), what makes you so sure our intervention there will fare any better than our intervention and imperialism elsewhere? We've exacerbated a bad situation, not improved it.


"She wants revenge against Bush, and doesn't care about how many other lives are threatened by her political agenda."
you may want to take a real close look at the administration you voted for and how they put cronyism and politics ahead of national security.

SG said...

Alan S. and Confederate Yankee-
If you support the war and support Bush so much, and are so concerned about the citizens of Iraq, why haven't you enlisted? If you're past military age, how about your children, grandchildren, etc.? Cindy Sheehan is a brave woman whose son died because of Bush's lies, and you want her to just accept that and
not question her son's death??? Shame
on you!

DBK said...

There's a fine response to the FALSE report that Cindy Sheehan changed her story here. You koo-koos really believe anything, don't you? You should learn bettert than to believe Drudge.

An Angry Old Broad said...

I really have wonder if someone who would call Cindy"the lowest form of human being"has ever honestly loved a child and devoted their life to knowing,nurturing and raising that child to be a decent human being.If this was my son(and in a few years,if this madness doesn't end,it could be my son)and I had lost him and then continued to find out more and more lies that led to his death,you damn well better believe that I'd be wanting some answers.Honest ones.To do anything less would be to dishonor my son and his sacrifice.

If the president is SO right and SO moral and ethical there's NO REASON AT ALL for him to ignore her.If this is such a noble and righteous thing,then there should be no reason not to come to a mother in grief who is asking questions that deserve compassion and HONEST ANSWERS(the same answers many of us have wanted for a long time).Whether he agrees with her politics or NOT.I have to think he can't look her in the eye and face her.And if the president can't do that,without a smug little smirk attached,that speaks VOLUMES.

To say that people who want this war to stop don't care about the Iraqi people seems really insane to me.How is dropping bombs and shooting people in the streets helpful to them?How is living in a war zone benefical to your life and well being?I never heard Cindy say nothing should be done to help the people of Iraq,ever.In fact,the only place I've heard any American say that Iraqis need to keep dying is from the far right wing.

Tina said...

1st): The 1st Amendment Allows Redress of Grievances, so which part of our Constitution are the Crawford Sheriff's office, Bush's handlers and Attorney General Gonzales AND you trolls not understanding?: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


2nd) The 2004 article written by David Henson that Drudge & you sociopath Kool-Aid drinkers hold up as the smoking gun on Cindy Sheehan, has been carefully cherry picked w/out providing the entire article. The entire article can be found here:
http://66.102.7.104/search?q=cache:Una3QdYBt1AJ:www.angelfire.com/sk3/spkhntrca/bushart.html+david+henson+cindy+sheehan&hl=en
It is no longer available online, but you can obtain it in the cached form. But, Sheehan is CRYSTAL CLEAR in this entire article on the fact that she disapproves of this war, her feelings towards Bush at this meeting, and her fresh and raw emotions over her son's death. The article comes from June of 2004. Her son was killed in April of '04. MUCH has happened since then and now? Please visit:
http://fuzzyandblue.blogspot.com/2005/08/cindy-sheehan-what-has-changed-since.html to see what Cindy has to say NOW in August 2005 about that June 2004 Henson article.
You can also read her 2nd Henson article where she is just as crystal clear in her feelings towards Bush, this war, and the unnecessary death of her son:
http://www.angelfire.com/sk3/spkhntrca/article1.html

Stop gulping down the spew that your beloved Il Duce Bush and his GOP lie filled talking heads throw at you and do a little thing called RESEARCH. Yeah, those crazy INTERNETS are great for that.

The Heretik said...

I believe in fact we will be greeted as liberators by the Iraqi people. The liberation will pay for itself. We will be there until the job is done and not a day longer. The WMD are around Baghdad, to the east, the west, the north, and the south a bit. Why are we in Iraq? Why is Cindy Sheehan roasting herself by the roadway while Bush takes another August off just like he did in August 2001? Because the Boy President got found out. Beyond the documents, how much of an idiot do you have to be to say even in jest F*ck, Saddam, we're taking him out!" in front of two senators and a reporter almost a full year before you say all other options are exhausted?

Gordon said...

Thanks, Heretik, I was starting to wonder.

Oh, by the way, FUCK IRAQ. That sandpit, all the oil under it, and all 25,000,000 of its inhabitants aren't worth the life of one U.S. Soldier or Marine, let alone 1800+ who have died because of Bush's lies.

alan s said...

Downing Street Memo aka Charmin Toilet is almost as phony as Dan Rather's Pres. Bush story. But if the press writes it you buy it as the truth. In NJ today corruption was a big issue in the Headlines all by Democrats. Where are the stories on that? Cindy Sheehan is speaking for herself not her son. She only wants her 15 minutes of fame at her sons expense. She said it all right here. John Flip/Flop Kerry must be coaching her.

For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again.

"'That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy said."

DBK said...

Last time some nitwit said the DSMs were phoney, I asked for a source and the nitwit never answered.

Alan S, you have a source for your claim. Not one member of the Bush or Blair administration has ever denied that the memos were genuine. Who told you they were? Drudge?

Really, you should stop saying these things before you look stupid.

Oh. Too late.

Anonymous said...


Oh, by the way, FUCK IRAQ. That sandpit, all the oil under it, and all 25,000,000 of its inhabitants aren't worth the life of one U.S. Soldier or Marine, let alone 1800+ who have died because of Bush's lies.


Oops. Your racism is showing...

Anonymous said...

My bad. I meant to ask, "Alan S, DO you have a source for your claim that the DSMs are fake?"

None of the chickenhawk who have made that claim yet have been able to provide a source. It's all assertion that flies in the face of the fact that neither the US nor Brit governments deny the authenticity of the memos.

alan s said...

Where has anyone said the were the truth. Bush and Blair have said they weren't true. Dan Rather and you still believe his lies. Hatred blinds you from the truth.