President finds a friendly audience in Salt Lake City
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
By Ann McFeatters, Post-Gazette National Bureau
WASHINGTON -- President Bush for the first time yesterday referred to the exact number of Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan as he tried to hammer home his argument that staying in Iraq is vital to a "total victory over the terrorists and their hateful ideology."
Speaking to a friendly audience of military veterans in Salt Lake City, he referred to American "sacrifices" in war six times as he compared those who have died or been injured in Iraq to World War II casualties.
By Butler Shaffery Butler
In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.
~ Pastor Martin Niemoller
What has Cindy Sheehan done to warrant the unfocused rage and vicious name-calling to which she has been subjected? What is the nature of her "offense" that has led conservative war-whoopers to heap untold abuse upon her for daring to exercise what they pretend to "defend" – even as they work to destroy its expression – namely, individual liberty?
By Kelly Meyer
The Huffington Post
The other night I was listening to Sting's song "They Dance Alone," and I came to a new and profound understanding of Cindy Sheehan's protest in Crawford, Texas. As I heard Sting's stirring lyrics about Chilean women dancing in the streets with photographs of their sons and husbands who had gone missing under Pinochet's dictatorship, I came to see Cindy Sheehan as yet another woman mourning and grieving a loss she found meaningless and unnecessary.
Cindy Sheehan has become something of a folk hero to some and a crazy person to others.
Despite no realistic chance of coming face to face with the President, she continues to camp out as close to the President's house as the Secret Service will allow and to call for a meeting. In a sense, this behavior is as crazy and as symbolically profound as dancing in the streets with a photograph pinned to your blouse.
CRAWFORD, Texas - U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee visited the anti-war inspired "Camp Casey" near President Bush's ranch on Monday, lending support and words of encouragement to several families whose loved ones died in Iraq.
"It is time to bring our troops home," Lee said at the demonstration started by Cindy Sheehan, of Vacaville, Calif., on Aug. 6.
Sheehan, whose 24-year-old son Army Spc. Casey Sheehan died last year in Iraq, is currently in Los Angeles to be with her mother, who had a stroke. But about 60 other people were spread between two anti-war campsites near the ranch on Monday.
Live and Deep in the Heart of Texas!
Plus: Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee's Surprise Appearance, A THIRD Night of Baez to Come Tomorrow and Margot Kidder on Tomorrow's BRAD SHOW!
Wow...What a day...A radio miracle, indeed. The BRAD SHOW via RAW RADIO's "Operation Noble Cause" seems to now be up and running from Crawford Texas!
More news from Crawford...
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A Call to Support the Camp Casey Project
Ann Wright, the coordinator of Camp Casey sends an urgent request to all supporters of Cindy Sheehan.
Next weekend, on both Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28 Camp Casey is planning to hold large afternoon rallies. Readers who can make it to Crawford, Texas are urged to come themselves and organize others to join them. Any trained medics, nurses or physicians would be especially appreciated to staff the medical emergency tent.
If you can't make it to Texas, Ann urges you to organize your own local "Camp Casey" in solidarity with the Crawford project. Put up some tents on an obvious corner in your local community, make some signs, plan a vigil or find some other creative way to express your opposition to the war and your support for Cindy Sheehan, the men and women serving in Iraq and all Gold Star family members. And please make sure to invite the media!
By Larry C. Johnson
There are some things that George Bush should know about Casey Sheehan should he choose to sit down and talk with his mom. One thing he could discuss is the fact that a distant relative of his was wounded at Casey's side. That boy, Brian Emmett, also is my second cousin. But more about that later.
Perhaps the conversation ought to start about the other seven men who died on April 4, 2004 in Sadr City.
From the Army’s 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas were:
Sgt. Yihjyh L. Chen, 31, of Saipan, Marianas Protectorate.
Spc. Robert R. Arsiaga, 25, of San Antonio, Texas.
By Amy Branham
Note: On Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, in a radio interview on WFLA in Tampa Bay, Fla., Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld made the following statement:
"[I]n my mind, I think of the number of people who are lost to traffic accidents in the United States in a given year. I think of any one of our major cities, where two or three hundred people are killed by homicides. And you ask how long will we tolerate it? Now, if there were a daily report about the number of traffic deaths, and if the television and the press were reporting these things and photographing them and the homicides, I don't know if – Washington, D.C., had something like 230 homicides last year – and if that were reported daily every single day, one would think that the effect might be that it would reduce the number of homicides or reduce the number of traffic deaths. But what's being reported is the fact – not the fact that the schools are open, not the fact that the hospitals and clinics are open, not the fact that Iraq's got a stock exchange and that their oil and energy circumstances are proceeding apace, not the fact that tens of thousands of people are lined up to join the Iraqi security forces, not the fact that there's hundreds and hundreds of people running for public office and that there were something like 8 million people who voted in the last election on Jan. 30th. Those kinds of things get relatively modest attention, and what gets the attention is the death of Iraqis and the death of coalition forces."
KUTV Salt Lake City, UTAH
With the message that people can protest a war while supporting troops and veterans, a handful of speakers -including a Gold Star mom - addressed an anti-war rally in Salt Lake City Monday, the same day President Bush was in town.
Bush spoke to more than 6,000 people at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, while three blocks away about 2,000 people gathered to protest Bush administration policies and the war in Iraq.
Barbara Wright, 56, drove five hours from her home in St. George to attend the rally at Pioneer Park.
``There's a lot of reasons I'm unhappy. Predominantly due to the war, but also about the economy, Social Security,'' Wright said.
By Amanda Marcotte, Alternet
Posted August 22, 2005
Cindy Sheehan's rapidly-growing contingent of moms in floppy hats and comfortable shoes throws the cowardice of the opposition into sharp relief.
Making the decision to go to Crawford, Texas and visit Camp Casey was easy -- it's just a two hour drive from my house in Austin, and the stubborn righteousness of Cindy Sheehan puts to shame any weak excuses I could make. I made the decision about a week ahead of time, assuming that protest conditions would remain more or less static.
I was wrong.
During the course of that week, Sheehan was suddenly pulled from her vigil by her mother's stroke, taking most of the media with her. But strangely enough, Cindy's departure didn't slow the momentum of the demonstration, which was, after all, about more than a single woman's question -- it was about Bush's refusal to take responsibility for this war that is being paid for, one way or another, by all of us.
SALT LAKE CITY Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson spoke at Monday's anti-Bush protest at Pioneer Park.
Anderson took to the podium following President Bush's speech at the Salt Palace. Anderson spoke in front of more than 500 people gathered at the park in protest of President Bush's visit to Utah.
Anderson told the crowd that people were afraid of what they had to say and they're "not going to take it anymore.''
The mayor ended his speech by saying "it's up to the people to keep speaking up and this is a turning point for our nation here today in Salt Lake City.''
There goes the neighborhood: Donnelly greets Bush with trepidation
By CHRISTOPHER SMITH / Associated Press
The helicopter carrying George Bush touched down Monday on a brand-new, bright green golf course at Tamarack Resort as the president began his two-day Idaho vacation. A small crowd waved flags and cheered, but the town's local dignitary was not among the welcoming committee.
"We've got people that are actually planning to move because of what's happening here," said Donnelly Mayor George Dorris. "The president coming here, now the guy who works as a burger flipper in Denver and who never had any desire to come up here is going to want to see what brought the president here."
Q Is the White House concerned about the protests that are planned in Salt Lake City today?
MR. DUFFY: The President addressed that directly. He can understand that people don't share his view that we must win the war on terror, and we cannot retreat and cut and run from terrorists, but he just has a different view. He believes it would be a fundamental mistake right now for us to cut and run in the face of terrorism, because if we've learned anything, especially from the 9/11 Commission Report, it is that to continue to retreat after the Cole, after Beirut and Somalia is to only empower terrorists and to give them more recruiting tools as they try to identify ways to harm Americans.
Christian Science Monitor
By Dante Chinni
WASHINGTON - By the strictest terms and in the most fundamental way, President Bush is right not to meet with Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother who created the encamped protest down in Crawford, Texas.
There are thousands of parents and relatives who, like her, have lost loved ones in Iraq and many of them would also like to talk to the president. If he opens the door to her, why not open the door to all of them? In fact, meeting with Ms. Sheehan would open the door to meetings with anyone who feels passionately about any topic and wants to talk to the president.
Here's an audio link to the beginning of the protest today in Salt Lake City. Though the commentator says there are 600-700 people in attendance, our sources on the ground say there are closer to 2,000. Oh, the media...
By Sandra Jurgensen
A Resolution of Inquiry: Citizens of Florida's 10th District
Urging Congressman C.W. Bill Young to Co-Sponsor H. Res. 375
WHEREAS we are concerned regarding the rationale which precipitated the extensive and ongoing injury and loss of life suffered by over eighteen hundred of our nation’s military personnel and countless thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, and
WHEREAS the information in the Downing Street Documents strongly suggests that President Bush intentionally deceived Congress about the reasons for war, and
By Cynthia Bogard
George Bush flew the coop this morning in his red presidential helicopter, off to deliver a speech to 15,000 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Utah, the reddest of red states.[He received 71% of the votes in Utah in 2004.] We were having our morning volunteer meeting at Camp Casey II just then and we raised our arms in unison to salute him with the peace sign as he flew across the prairie.
But a funny thing happened on the way to Bush's carefully scripted photo-op to hype the war, motivated, according to ABC's George Stephanopolos, by "the Cindy Sheehan effect." That's us, the 50 to over 1,000 people on site at any one time here in Crawford and the many thousands of supporters who have besieged the Crawford Peace house with gifts, words of support and donations. "Oddly," noted the New York Times, war protesters showed up in Salt Lake City. And more oddly still, the 1,000 person peaceful protest was organized by none other than Ross C. Anderson, the mayor * yes, the mayor, of Salt Lake. Well, okay, he is a Democrat. But still, that's what's happening today in Utah.
For Immediate Release: August 19th, 2005
Cindy Sheehan Leaves Crawford Temporarily To Be With Ailing Mother;
Gold Star and Military Families Continue Vigil With Same Questions for Bush
More Families Arrive Daily to Join ‘Camp Casey’
CRAWFORD, TX - As Cindy Sheehan leaves Crawford to help care for her mother who entered the hospital yesterday, members of Gold Star Families for Peace and Military Families Speak Out - those whose loved ones were killed in Iraq, and those who have loved ones are needlessly in harm’s way - vow to remain in Crawford and to carry on the vigil at ‘Camp Casey’ in Cindy Sheehan’s absence. Families from across the country continue to come to Crawford to uphold the call for a meeting with President Bush, and an end to the war in Iraq.
From Crawford, TX to Boise, ID: Gold Star Families Follow Bush to Demand Answers on War in Iraq
Idahoans tell the Presidentâ€¦
"Mr. Bush, Every Town Has a Cindy and Casey"
Tuesday Noon Dedication of Iraq War Memorial to Feature Comments from Military Mom and War Widow
Boise, ID, Tuesday, August 23, 12:00 pm: While President Bush is mountain biking 100 miles north of Boise Tuesday, local citizens opposed to the Iraq war and supporting the efforts of Gold Star mother Cindy Sheehan will gather in downtown Boise at 12:00 noon to dedicate a memorial to the Iraq War.
You have to admire her tenacity: Joan Baez gave her heart and soul to peace activism during the Vietnam War, and even when the U.S. government is dumb enough to get us involved in yet another quagmire, she is still dedicated to spreading peace through song. Joan said before she performed for us tonight, "I didn't need an invitation to come here-- I had already bought my plane ticket!!"
It was understandably an amazing experience for, ahem, older Camp Casey supporters to hear Joan sing years after they had first heard her during the 60's. And even though my previous experience with Joan Baez was limited to Jenny's idolization of her in "Forrest Gump," her presence alone on the stage reminded me how just how historic Camp Casey is.
Peace icon Joan Baez performs anti-war songs at protest camp
07:03 AM CDT on Monday, August 22, 2005
By ANDREW BECKER / The Dallas Morning News
CRAWFORD, Texas – President Bush spent a quiet day at his Crawford ranch Sunday, a day before he is to travel to Utah, where is scheduled to explain why U.S. troops must remain in Iraq.
The renewed attention to the war came as peace activists, camping near the president's ranch, heard a performance Sunday evening by peace movement icon Joan Baez.
Today, the president is set to arrive in Salt Lake City to address the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. From Utah he'll make his first visit as president to Idaho, where he will spend two days at a resort before speaking Wednesday to military families near Boise.
The Sag Harbor Express
ISSUE DATE: 8/18/05 August 05
OUR TOWN: Spies, Leaks & Memos - Part I
By Julie Penny
The documents used to put forth the claim that Iraq had gone shopping for uranium in Niger turned out to be forgeries, and “poor forgeries
PM Monday, August 22, 2005
* Bush Challenged in Utah and Idaho
* Iraqi Constitution
CELESTE ZAPPALA, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.gsfp.org
Currently in Utah, Zappala is available for a very limited number of
interviews. Her oldest son, Pennsylvania National Guardsman Sgt. Sherwood
Baker, was killed in Baghdad in April 2004 while protecting the Iraq Survey
By Greg Palast
Crawford, Texas - Celebrity bike champ Lance Armstrong joined President George W. Bush this weekend at the Crawford Ranch to celebrate the thirtieth day of the President's vigil against Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in action in Iraq.
Armstrong, fresh from his victory in the Tour De France, is seen here with Mr. Bush riding across the symbolic gravesite of Casey Sheehan, deceased Army specialist, son of the bereaved Mrs. Sheehan.
"We must stay the course," said a resolute Mr. Bush who vowed to "extend my vacation as long as necessary to accomplish this mission" and force Sheehan to give up her siege of the Western White House.
by Tony Peyser
"Cindy Sheehan hates our troops!
She has openly Liberal views!
She's a pawn of MoveOn.org!
She's a well-known hater of Jews!"
This feast of vile tirades
Right wingers are loath to shut off
All of them sound like chicken hawks
Whose heads have just been cut off.
Cleland, Kerry and Wilson
They were all too happy to slime
But these tired Swift Boat tactics
Aren't going to work this time.
The GOP fraternity
Is one combative brotherhood
But it's unwise to attack
A symbol of grieving motherhood.
By William E. Connolly
Originally published August 22, 2005
THE PROTEST by Cindy Sheehan in Crawford, Texas - while a wartime president takes a five-week vacation - posed a difficult question. Why was there a protest movement during that last quagmire in Vietnam but no equivalent has emerged today? Ms. Sheehan clearly touched a nerve.
But, nonetheless, why, after thousands of Iraqis and Americans killed and maimed, the increased risk of terrorism the war has fostered and the high probability of a civil war in its wake, do so many Americans remain quiet about this disaster?
This will be the last of a series of three public letters Winston has written on behalf of all of us here at The Last Chance Democracy Café. This one, like the one before, is directed to George W. Bush. It's too bad he isn't much of a reader, isn't it? Who knows? He might even learn something.
The Last Chance Democracy Café
Episode 40: The Letter George W. Bush Should Have Sent Cindy Sheehan
by Steven C. Day
* * *
To the Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States (under protest)
Dear President Bush:
To put it plainly, Mr. President, we here at The Last Chance Democracy Café are baffled by the boneheaded way you've handled the Cindy Sheehan affair. As awful a job as we think you've done in just about everything else, when it comes to partisan politics, you, or at least those around you, have generally played a near flawless game of chess -- full contact chess that is -- at least until now.
Folk Singer Icon Joan Baez Takes Camp Casey II By Storm
By Gene Ellis
CRAWFORD — Shortly after Joan Baez arrived Sunday afternoon at Camp Casey II, she gave a press conference with the Gold Star Families, all of whom have lost loved ones in the war. She talked with them, and she cried with them.
Ms. Baez returned to the trailer to prepare for her performance, speaking only in whispers when it was necessary to speak at all, saving her voice.
She gave a moving performance, peppered with energy, emotion, humor, and humanity. She even showed compassion for President Bush, although she disagrees with him. She said she doesn’t make Bush jokes any more because they often offend more conservative folks, and that isn’t helping anything.