By Maureen Dowd
The New York Times
Wednesday 17 August 2005
How could President Bush be cavorting around on a long vacation with American troops struggling with a spiraling crisis in Iraq?
Wasn't he worried that his vacation activities might send a frivolous signal at a time when he had put so many young Americans in harm's way?
"I'm determined that life goes on," Mr. Bush said stubbornly.
That wasn't the son, believe it or not. It was the father - 15 years ago. I was in Kennebunkport then to cover the first President Bush's frenetic attempts to relax while reporters were pressing him about how he could be taking a month to play around when he had started sending American troops to the Persian Gulf only three days before.
By BOB HERBERT
You have to wonder whether reality ever comes knocking on George W. Bush's door. If it did, would the president with the unsettling demeanor of a boy king even bother to answer? Mr. Bush is the commander in chief who launched a savage war in Iraq and now spends his days happily riding his bicycle in Texas.
This is eerie. Scary. Surreal.
The war is going badly and lives have been lost by the thousands, but there is no real sense, either at the highest levels of government or in the nation at large, that anything momentous is at stake. The announcement on Sunday that five more American soldiers had been blown to eternity by roadside bombs was treated by the press as a yawner. It got very little attention.
Vigil Supports Protester In Texas
August 18, 2005
Hartford Courant (Conn)
WEST HARTFORD -- Candles carried by 250 people illuminated a heavily traveled intersection in support of Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq who has maintained a vigil for nearly two weeks outside President Bush's ranch in Texas.
Many motorists honked their horns in support of the protesters Wednesday night at the vigil at the intersection of Main Street and Farmington Avenue.
Sheehan has vowed to remain camped near Bush's ranch in Crawford until he agrees to meet with her to discuss the death of her son, Casey, who was killed in 2004 five days after arriving for duty in Iraq, or until Bush returns to Washington early next month.
The grieving mother and a wary president
The Miami Herald
OUR OPINION: FORGET THE POLITICS, MEET WITH DEAD SOLDIER'S MOTHER
For once, President Bush should dismiss the counsel of his political advisors and listen to his heart. He should invite Cindy Sheehan into his home and privately discuss with her the death of her son. He should ask her to stay as long as she wishes.
President Bush should do this because it is the right thing to do and because, when all the politics are set aside, this is just about comforting a grieving mother who has lost a son in a war the president started. There is no pain more hurtful for a parent than the death of a child. President Bush knows this because he has dealt with these heart-wrenching moments in dozens of meetings with more than 900 family members of 270 soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Vigils across state, nation back mother of dead soldier
Thousands support woman at Bush ranch
By Ralph Ranalli, Boston Globe Staff | August 18, 2005
With twilight and candlelight playing across solemn faces, thousands of antiwar protesters gathered at more than 50 vigils at sites from Northampton to Quincy last night, in solidarity with a mother of four from California who has camped outside President Bush's ranch in Texas for 10 days and who vows to remain until he explains why her soldier son had to die.
The number of hastily organized protests across the state and the country -- more than 50,000 registered for 1,627 vigils across the United States, the political action group Moveon.org said on its website -- showed a new depth of feeling against the war that has coalesced around Cindy Sheehan and her protest in Crawford, Texas, organizers said.
Nationwide Candlelight Vigils Protest War In Iraq
August 17, 2005
CRAWFORD, Texas Hundreds of candlelight vigils calling for an end to the war in Iraq lit up the night Wednesday, part of a national effort spurred by one mother's anti-war demonstration near President Bush's ranch.
Cindy Sheehan urged the vigils. She has become the icon of the anti-war movement since she started a protest Aug. 6 in memory of her son Casey, who died in Iraq last year.
Sheehan says she will remain outside the president's ranch until he meets with her and other grieving families, or until his month long vacation there ends.
Published on Wednesday, August 17, 2005 by The Nation
by John Nichols
While debating conservative pundit David Horowitz on Ron Reagan's MSNBC show the other night, I was struck by the desperation with which supporters of the war have turned their fury on Cindy Sheehan, the mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq who has been trying to get an audience with President Bush.
Horowitz, the former left-wing zealot who is now a right-wing zealot, described the woman who has camped out near Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch as "hateful," accused her of dishonoring the memory of her son and promised that if Sheehan and other anti-war activists succeed in bringing an end to the occupation of Iraq then "rivers of blood" will flow in the streets of America. It was a remarkable performance, so much so that even Horowitz admitted that he was "emotional" about the subject.
Published on Wednesday, August 17, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
by Linda Milazzo
George W. Bush decrees again and again that every American killed in Iraq was killed for a noble cause. Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity and Melanie Morgan fill the airwaves with bellicose testimonials to the righteousness of the war. Tom Delay, Donald Rumsfeld, Rick Santorum, Elizabeth Dole and Kay Bailey Hutchison profess that the war is necessary for the safety and strength of America, and freedom and democracy in Iraq. Chickenhawk after chickenhawk forcefully proclaim the legitimacy of this war. Yet in appearance after appearance on NBC, NPR, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, CSPAN, PBS, et al, I have yet to hear a media host or reporter ask any one of them the most relevant question of all: 'Who in YOUR family is fighting in this war?' If this question were mandatory for those who tout the war, then its most vocal defenders would be silenced. For aloft in the bloggesphere, one can't fabricate for long.
Mother’s quest to talk to Bush about war draws thousands in candlelight vigils across the nation
BY HILARY RUSS
Newsday (New York)
August 18, 2005
Clutching a candle in one hand and a sign that read "Moms for Peace" in the other, Elise May stood by the side of a busy Great Neck intersection last night to protest the war in Iraq and support Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed there.
"As a mother, as a parent, I'm here because when I see her, I see an ordinary mom asking why and this is what I've been asking since day one," said May, 47, referring to Cindy Sheehan's quest in Crawford, Texas, to speak to President George W. Bush about the war.
By CHRIS NEWMARKER
Associated Press Writer
August 17, 2005, 10:05 PM EDT
TRENTON, N.J. -- They held candles and flowers, waved a big peace symbol flag and sang such folk music classics as "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?"
About 70 people gathered Wednesday outside the War Memorial building for a candlelight vigil, one of several held across the nation and spurred by Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq. She has drawn widespread attention for the anti-war demonstration she has been staging near President Bush's ranch in Texas this month.
While most in the crowd in Trenton was strongly against the war and called for a quick end to the hostilities, others had mixed feelings.
David Sarasohn, Newhouse News Service
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 18, 2005
It's hard to believe that the Bush administration let the Cindy Sheehan situation get to this point. You'd almost think it was out of touch.
Sheehan, of course, is the California mother who set up near Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, and demanded that the president come out and tell her why her son died in Iraq, and just what is the "noble cause" that the president often invokes.
Actually, last week she was a California mother. This week she's a movement.
Partly that's because of the president's decision to dismiss her importance, a strategy that didn't work with the Iraqi insurgency either.
by William Hughes
"To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!" - H. L. Mencken
Baltimore, MD. - On the corner of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Howard St., activists started lining up as early as 5 PM, on Aug. 17, 2005. There were there to put on a demonstration in solidarity with one of the leaders of the Gold Star Families for Peace, Cindy Sheehan. Presently, she is encamped at “Camp Casey,
U.S. vigils support anti-war mother
18 Aug 2005 02:59:13 GMT
CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Anti-war protesters held candles, sang, and chanted in vigils across the country on Wednesday in support of Cindy Sheehan, who has camped out near President George W. Bush's ranch to urge him to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq, where her son was killed a year ago.
Sheehan has become a magnet for anti-war protesters who have crowded around her since her vigil began Aug. 6 in Crawford, a community of 705 people, where Bush is on a monthlong vacation.
More than 1,800 Americans have been killed in Iraq and thousands more have been wounded.
Deploying Cindy's Antiwar Army
By Dana Milbank
Thursday, August 18, 2005; A03
It was to have been a silent vigil outside the White House last night in solidarity with Cindy Sheehan, the Gold Star Mother-turned-antiwar activist. But the 500 demonstrators were not the sort to be silenced.
"Meet with Cindy!" they chanted. "Tell her the truth! . . . This war was for oil! . . . End the war now!"
"Cindy Sheehan," organizer Karen Bradley shouted into a megaphone, "you are an inspiration to us all!"
As Sheehan, mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq, camps out near President Bush's ranch in Texas this month in symbolic protest, foes of the war see the chance to achieve something that has eluded them for two years: galvanizing a mass antiwar movement. Sheehan, they say hopefully, could be their Rosa Parks.
The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
GWEN IFILL: Now to the political firestorm surrounding Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother and activist whose anti-war protest in Texas has stirred new debate about U.S. involvement in Iraq. First, some background.
SPOKESPERSON: Everybody. .
GWEN IFILL: The road leading to President Bush's Crawford ranch has lately become the front line in a war against the war. At the center of the flurry of media coverage, protest and debate is Cindy Sheehan, the 48- year-old California mother and anti-war protester whose son, Casey, was killed in Iraq last year.
Please consider contacting Anderson Cooper's show to thank them for the seriousness with which they are treating this issue. Their feedback form is here.
ANDERSON COOPER 360 DEGREES 7:00 PM EST
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Good evening, everyone.
Live from Crawford, Texas, a mother's protest, a battle on the home front over the war in Iraq. It is 7:00 p.m. on the east coast, 4:00 p.m. in the west, and 6:00 p.m. here in Crawford, Texas. This special edition of 360 starts now.
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Turning Out to Support a Mother's Protest
By ELISABETH BUMILLER
Published: August 18, 2005
CRAWFORD, Tex., Aug. 17 - Supporters of Cindy Sheehan held more than 1,500 candlelight vigils across the country on Wednesday night in solidarity with this mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, who has set up a protest encampment down the road from President Bush's ranch here.
War protesters held candles in Davis Square in Boston Wednesday, at one of 1,500 events around the nation coordinated by MoveOn.org.
By Sandra Jurgensen
Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN) did his best to bring a balanced full hour live telecast from Crawford, Texas.
He had to try to 're-educate' several times to show there was no linkage between 9/11, terrorists, and Iraq. But, I have to say some of the people he interviewed in the opposition could not grasp the concept.
I think it's more than the Kool-Aid -- something must be said for the education cuts done by this 'dictator' administration because ignorance is systemic! Either that or it's the arsenic and mercury in the drinking water.
Please email him for his efforts at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bush Won't Answer Cindy, But Has to Answer Congress
By David Swanson
Cindy Sheehan has raised the right question: For what noble cause did her son die?
Were the reasons Bush gave Congress for why the war was necessary truthful ones? What did Bush tell Tony Blair three and a half years ago when he invited him, unlike Cindy, in out of the Texas sun?
If anyone can force Bush to answer these questions, or to concede that there are no respectable answers and that the war must end, it is Cindy. She is a remarkable woman. She's been accused of being used by leftwing groups, but she is driving them. Tonight's vigils (over 50,000 people have signed up to attend 1,627 events) is the biggest thing to ever hit MoveOn.org. The organizations are following Cindy's lead, not the other way around.
By Sandra Jurgensen
Cross Posted at The Huffington Post
Clearly, Cindy Sheehan has struck a nerve in this country, and her willingness to speak truth to power resonates as a model of courage and dedication to us all. One way I believe all of us can help her cause – even those who cannot travel to Crawford, Texas – is by writing our local papers to support her and her efforts to meet with the president.
I have written a letter to my local newspaper, and set up a form on my web site that will allow readers to submit their own words simultaneously to all the papers in their region. I will be able to keep track of the number of letters submitted through the site, and have set an initial goal of 1,000 letters and/or guest editorials.
Cindy Sheehan: Anti-war catalyst
By Patrick Buchanan
When he flew off to San Clemente, Calif., in the summer of 1969 for his August vacation, Richard Nixon was riding a wave of popularity.
He had announced the first troop withdrawal from Vietnam. He had met the Apollo 11 crew of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on touchdown in the Pacific. He had become the first president to visit a captive nation with a triumphal tour of Bucharest. And he had just proposed a sweeping reform of welfare praised by both parties.
But when Nixon returned in September, a storm had broken. Wrote David Broder: "It is becoming more obvious with each passing day that the men and the movement that broke Lyndon Johnson's authority in 1968 are out to break Richard Nixon in 1969.
The Guardian (UK)
Wednesday August 17, 2005 8:08 AM
The families of 17 soldiers killed during the Iraq war and one who took his own life after returning to Britain are launching a legal bid to secure an independent inquiry into the legality of the conflict.
Their lawyers will lodge papers at the High Court in London seeking a judicial review of the Government's refusal in May to order an inquiry.
They argue that, under human rights laws, if the UK state is involved in the use of lethal force there must be an independent inquiry. The court will also be asked to decide the remit of any inquiry.
Fauquier Times Democrat (Virginia)
By Bill Day, Warrenton
There are times when an issue facing our country is so significant that writing a letter to an elected official is not sufficient.
Leaving a message with the official's staff and becoming a tick on a list of "pros" or "cons" is also inadequate. There are times when a face-to-face meeting is necessary.
On July 28, I joined a group of citizens from Virginia's 10th Congressional District to meet with Rep. Frank Wolf in his Capitol Hill office.
Congressman Wolf had been invited to come to Warrenton the previous Saturday evening to meet with a larger group of which this delegation was a part, but he had been unable to attend or to provide a statement addressing the group's concerns about information revealed in the Downing Street Minutes (see the Aug. 20 and Aug. 27 issues of the Democrat, or http://www.afterdowningstreet.org).
By Philip C. Restino
It is 4 pm here in daytona beach, fla ... i am not an organizer, just a participant, but i thought i would phone the newspapers and major tv stations here in the daytona beach market about tonight's candlelight vigil at 7:30 pm supporting cindy sheehan ... even though it is a national story and a national effort ... 1,450 vigils scheduled around the country ... not one of the 4 tv stations new about it and the major newspaper did not know about it ... the only one who knew about it was the local newspaper serving the black community ... please get the word out to the organizers of the vigils to phone up their local tv stations and newspapers and get the fax numbers for the respective news desks so as to fax over details ... i have a feeling that some of us may be taking media coverage for granted ... ok, gotta go
© 2005 Mike Ferner
“Some people are trying to paint her as one crazy woman against the war, and she’s not. A lot of people feel like her and want to know what the noble cause is,
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