by DeWayne Wickham
C'mon George Bush, meet with Cindy Sheehan.
As president and commander in chief, you should find some time during your month-long "working vacation" in Crawford, Texas, to look this mother in the eye and say why you sent her son into harm's way in Iraq.
I know it's got to be harder for you to talk one-on-one with a loved one of the servicemen and women who have been killed in Iraq than it is to meet with a group of grieving relatives. Still, you ought to extend such a small courtesy to Sheehan, whose son gave what Abraham Lincoln called "the last full measure of devotion" to his country.
President says he won't meet with Sheehan
By Glen Warchol
DONNELLY, Idaho - President Bush charged today that anti-war protesters such as Cindy Sheehan, who want the troops brought home immediately, are "advocating a policy that would weaken the United States."
In remarks to reporters outside an exclusive resort where he is vacationing, Bush gave no indication that he would change his mind and meet with Sheehan, who lost a son in Iraq and has emerged as a harsh critic of the war there, when he returns to his Texas ranch Wednesday evening.
Sheehan has been maintaining a vigil outside Bush's ranch, a demonstration that has attracted other anti-war protesters.
Published on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 by the Salt Lake Tribune
By Glen Warchol
A confrontation in front of the Salt Palace Convention Center Monday between pro-Bush veterans and war protesters started out with jeers and competing chants, only to end with both groups singing "God Bless America."
The incident, in the conservative bastion of Utah, supported activists' claim that a new and stronger anti-Iraq war movement has begun. This peace movement has made patriotism, flag-waving and support for the troops part of its rhetoric.
Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, who called for demonstrations against President Bush when he visited the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention, picked up the theme, both in his welcoming speech to the veterans and to peace activists two blocks away in Pioneer Park.
By Dave Zirin
"...you could, like me, be unfortunate enough to stumble on a silent war. The trouble is that once you see it, you can't unsee it. And once you've seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There's no innocence."
- Arundhati Roy
"The Tour de Crawford." The words blared from a red, white, and blue piece of spandex that George W. Bush presented to Lance Armstrong at his Crawford, Texas ranch. The gifting followed a 17-mile bike ride where they gazed at the landscape that Bush calls "my slice of heaven." Armstrong gushed about Bush's riding prowess afterward, saying to ABC News, "That old boy can go ... I didn't think he would punish himself that much, but he did." By the way, the war and occupation of Iraq "never came up."
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By Cynthia Bogard
Camp Casey II, Crawford, Texas
Camp Casey II, less than a mile from the Western White House sits on scorching Texas prairie. It's mostly grassland dotted with purple thistle and morning glories here, with an occasional scrubby tree or two. Not quite flat but the hills are low and gradual, offering a view for miles around of grazing cattle, harvested corn stalks blackening in the heat and an occasional modest ranch house and outbuildings. From our acre-sized white-peaked revival tent we can almost see the Bush ranch. We are camped out literally right next to the Secret Service checkpoint with its red barricades stenciled with "100% identification check required" and its ever-present police car.
by Billie Stanton
Published on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 by the Tuscon Citizen (Arizona)
as posted on Common Dreams
The Vietnam War - and its vivid televised carnage - spurred large-scale, repeated protests, primarily by young people terrified of the draft and horrified by the slaughter of a senseless war.
The revolution was upon us. And the Powers That Be finally ended the war - too late for more than 58,000 dead members of the U.S. military.
The war in Iraq, which has nothing to do with terrorism and everything to do with hubris and stupidity, prompted even my father - a proud veteran of World War II - to question the dearth of protest.
From Global Exchange
Yesterday, extremist right-wing televangelist and Bush supporter Pat Robertson for the assassination of democratically-elected President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.
The remarks have been condemned by the National Council of Churches, Global Exchange, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Representatives José Serrano and Barbara Lee, among others. Conspicuously absent from condemning this call to terrorist homicide is the Bush administration, of whom Pat Robertson and his 700 Club represents a key support base.
1. ACTION: WHAT YOU CAN DO!
2. Statement from Global Exchange
3. AP Story, Televangelist Calls for Chavez' Death
Mark Williams appeared on Hard Ball today and was about as obnoxious a ---- as I've seen. He-well I can't call it a debate because he filibustered the whole segment, so much so that Nora lost control of the segment. Coleen Rawley was on to talk about Cindy Sheehan and his idiotic "You don't speak for me, Cindy!" tour but he quickly sunk to the lower depths of vitriolic speech.
By Arianna Huffington
It's hard to believe, but the New York Times is back on Chalabi. Not unlike Courtney Love, the paper of record swears it's going to go straight, stop using, be responsible, really change this time, and then it happens again. For whatever reason, the paper falls off the wagon.
It's an addiction. And addicts embarrass themselves again and again. And you feel stupid for ever having given them the benefit of the doubt.
And they try to hide it. Just look at today's above-the-fold, front-page story on Iraq's constitution. It's headlined "Leaders in Iraq Report Progress on Constitution."
Bush Believes Those Who Protest Iraq War Don't Want U.S. to Win 'War on Terror,' Spokesman Says
By E&P Staff
Published: August 23, 2005 11:30 AM ET
NEW YORK Meeting briefly with reporters Monday aboard Air Force One, Trent Duffy, a White House spokesman subbing for Scott McClellan, said that President Bush believes that those who want the U.S. to begin to change course in Iraq do not want America to win the overall "war on terror."
Duffy spoke on a day when a surprisingly large antiwar protest met the president during his stay in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he addressed a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention.
Taunts Anger Peace Supporters Who Have Sons in Iraq
By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, AP
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Aug. 23) - Supporters of President Bush clashed with anti-war activists as they wound their way through California after rallying in the hometown of Cindy Sheehan, the mother who started a protest camp outside Bush's Texas ranch.
Conservative activists and military families embarked on the tour Monday, calling it "You don't speak for me, Cindy!" A verbal confrontation erupted when the caravan arrived in Sacramento and was met by anti-war protesters chanting for Bush to bring home the troops.
That makes 52 co-sponsors!
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An Open Letter to Rep. Nancy Pelosi on Presidential Accountability and Impeachment
Dear Representative Pelosi,
Thank you for your letter requesting a contribution to elect a Democratic Congress in 2006 to "hold the President accountable."
This is a cause that I, and millions of Americans, wholeheartedly support. This includes Democrats, Independents, and a very large number of Republicans as well.
But I write to differ strongly with you on exactly how to "hold the President accountable."
Your letter delays George Bush's accountability until the distant date of January 2007 - the earliest time when Democrats could assume control of the House of Representatives after the election of November 2006.
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Join in on the discussion as radio host and investigative blogger Brad Friedman examines the reasons behind the Iraqi invasion and the failed policies of George W. Bush that have led to the deaths of nearly 1900 American soldiers. He will interview families of soldiers killed in Iraq, veterans, lawmakers, celebrities, newsmakers and peacemakers from Camp Casey and around the nation! Join us for continued debate on the most important national and international issues we face today LIVE on The BRAD SHOW via RAW Radio!
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Bush Says Iraq Withdrawal Would Weaken US
By Daniela Deane
The Washington Post
Tuesday 23 August 2005
President Bush said Tuesday that anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan, who wants US troops to be immediately withdrawn from Iraq, was advocating a policy that would "weaken the United States" and was not representative of the views of most US military families.
"I disagree with her," Bush told reporters outside the exclusive resort where he is vacationing in Donnelly, Idaho. "I think immediate withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake."
Bush seemed to suggest he would not be changing his mind about meeting with the California mother, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq last year. He said he met with her already and that two high-ranking aides also met with her during her recent vigil outside Bush's Texas ranch.
August 20 – 21, 2005
Submitted by Carly Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
I can’t imagine Hell being much hotter than Crawford, Texas. Exhausted, saddened and inspired, I have just returned from a two-day stint at Camp Casey, located adjacent to President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, where the temperature lingered around 105 degrees and, combined with the 40% humidity, was nothing short of oppressive. I am in awe of and deeply moved by the thousands of peace activists who have been at Camp Casey for what is now days, and in some cases weeks, on end, enduring the heat, insects, portable restrooms and surmountable other deterrents. For many, this is certainly not an ideal place to set up camp in a ditch on the side of a dirt road. But, for those of us who believe that the U.S. is waging an illegal, immoral, devastating war on the Iraqi people, comfort and life’s little luxuries are the least of our worries. More important for us are the increasing numbers of American soldiers dying daily, the lives of nearly 100,000 slain innocent Iraqi civilians and the utter physical and psychological destruction of a country that never posed an imminent threat or committed any actions to provoke such an unjust invasion, occupation and mass death. This is why we are in Crawford and this is why we are demanding answers.
By David Sirota
Back in May when ABC News openly justified the media's refusal to cover the Iraq War, I thought it couldn't get worse. Then, a few months later, we saw that it could, as the Washington Post began trying to intimidate Democratic politicians and prevent them from standing up to voice opposition to the war. I figured that was rock bottom, but in recent days, we've seen that yes, the braindead insulated elitists in the Beltway media have found an even lower road to take than this.
In the last 48 hours, we've seen the "objective" mainstream media now openly attacking people who oppose the Iraq War. Mind you, these aren't the editorialists or the opinion pundits, these are the people who are supposed to be telling the objective truth - and instead they are literally attacking war critics.
Petition Launched in Support of Exit Strategy for Iraq
-- Congressional Hearings Scheduled for Next Month
Last week, two organizations seeking an end to the Iraq War, began collecting signatures on a petition to Congress calling for an exit strategy. Thus far over 13,000 signatures have been collected on the websites of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and Peace Action.
A growing number of organizations are promoting the petition, including: After Downing Street, National Organization for Women (NOW), Democrats.com, Women's Action for New Directions, Peace Majority, and others.
By Cindy Sheehan
The Huffington Post
"President Bush charged Tuesday that anti-war protesters like Cindy Sheehan who want troops brought home immediately do not represent the views of most U.S. military families and are 'advocating a policy that would weaken the United States.'"
Bringing our troops home from the quagmire that he has gotten us into will be weakening the United States? George: even if you pretend you didn't know that Saddam did not have weapons of mass destruction and Iraq was not threat to the USA before you invaded, Americans know differently. We have read the reports and the Downing Street Memos.
By Jeff Norman
U.S. Tour of Duty
August 23, 2005
My day began yesterday with breakfast at Spanos Coffee Station in Crawford, which is a sort of a George W. Bush shrine. According to the lovely proprietor, Dorothy Spanos, the president generally eats there at least once when he is in town for extendended stays. But she told me she doesn't think Bush will be popping in anytime soon, even though he is here for the whole month of August. Hmmm...
Although she seemed unprepared for a couple of my requests, Dorothy did her best to serve an omlette that would satisfy my cityfolk palate. When I asked her what kind of cheese she had, she replied cheerfully, "Shredded."
PM Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Critical Analysis on Iraq
GREG ROLLINS, email@example.com,
A member of the Christian Peacemaker Team, Rollins has just returned
from a three-month stay in Iraq, his fourth visit to that country. He has
written several articles including "The Other Iraq," "A Police State" and
IN THESE TIMES
By Tom Hayden, August 23, 2005
When you're in the middle of a conflict, you're trying to find pillars of strength to lean on," an American officer in Iraq said recently. With those words he provided a clue to ending the war: Undermine the pillars of Pentagon policy through people power.
Those pillars--among them public cooperation, Iraqi cooperation, congressional compliance, centrist caution, military recruitment and U.S. alliances--are weakening.
The time is now
Public support for the war is down, as are the president's ratings. Antiwar Democrats are coming back. Military recruiting is hitting a wall. The strategy of "Iraqization" is failing. The coalition of the willing is disintegrating. America's reputation is tattered.
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* Juan Cole's 10-Point Plan for U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Iraq
More than two years after the US invaded Iraq, there is a debate in this
country that is increasingly dominating the public discussion on the
occupation: the issue of withdrawing US troops. We speak one of the most
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee gave an incredible talk last night at Camp Casey. We were so happy to welcome this long-time supporter of civil rights and women's rights to speak to us about opposing the war.
Joan Baez stayed an extra day with us at Camp Casey to meet with Iraq vets and military families. Last night she performed again, interspersing stories of her activism during the Civil Rights and Vietnam era. She opened by leading us in an a capella version of "America the Beautiful."