Seven State Democratic Parties Now Say Yes to Withdrawal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, August, 22nd 2005
Flagstaff, AZ - The Arizona Democratic Party passed a resolution Saturday calling for an "expeditious withdrawal of troops in Iraq." The resolution was put forth by grassroots activists in Sedona and supported by local activists affiliated with Progressive Democrats of America (PDA.)
This marks seven states in which grassroots activists have put forth resolutions calling for an exit from Iraq. Other states that activists have passed resolutions include California, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and New Jersey.
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The Troops Out Now Coalition (TONC) applauds the agreement between the National September 24th Coalition (of which it is a part) and United for Peace and Justice to hold a unified anti-war protest in Washington D.C. on September 24. Now all attention and energy can be turned to building the biggest strongest protest possible to Shut Down the War and Bring the Troops Home Now!
Here's what you can do!
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By Jeff Norman
U.S. Tour of Duty
Now that I'm in Crawford, I realize the situation here is even more remarkable than what I had been hearing and reading. In terms of scope, energy, and organization, Cindy Sheehan and her supporters are making history.
I arrived in Austin yesterday afternoon at about the same time as Gold Star mom Karen Merideth did, so we drove to Crawford together. Our first stop in President Bush's hometown was the Crawford Peace House, which is adorned with a multitude of anti-war signs that can't be missed by anyone who drives by. Gold Star brother Dante Zappala picked us up and took us past Camp Casey I (the infamous ditch) to Camp Casey II on a ranch owned by the cousin of a man who fired a shotgun last week in a manner nobody interpreted as inviting. On the way we saw various pro-Bush signs on residential and commercial properties. The most prominent and most mixed message is across the street from the Peace House at a gift shop dominated by Bush memorabilia called the Yellow Rose. Its propietor has placed pro-war slogans on a monument with the ten commandments, including, of course, "Thou shalt not kill."
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* Cindy's Crawford: Camp Casey Continues to Grow Despite Sheehan's Absence *
Hundreds of supporters converged on Camp Casey outside Bush¹s Crawford
estate this weekend. Although Cindy Sheehan had to leave temporarily to care
for her ailing mother, other military families delivered a letter to the
gates of the presidential property.
* Pro-Bush Demonstrators Mount "I Give a Sheet" Campaign *
Bush supporters also made their way to Crawford this weekend. About fifty
Congressmen Albert Wynn and Bob Filner have now co-sponsored the Resolution of Inquiry into pre-war claims, bringing the total number of co-sponsors to 50.
By Steve Cobble
Kristen Breitweiser's great post yesterday about the failures of the 9/11 Commission reminded me of another failed Committee--the Senate Intelligence Committee, who never did finish their intelligence investigation.
We were promised an investigation into the use and misuse of our intelligence by the White House and the rest of the government.
C'mon, Senator Roberts, let's get going.
(Don't hold your breath. See this link to Raw Story's article for more on this esteemed Kansas conservative.)
By Bob Herbert
The New York Times
Most Americans will tell you that they believe in honest, truthful, straightforward, ethical behavior.
So here's a question: Should people who are being recruited into the armed forces be told the truth about the risks they are likely to face if they agree to sign up and put on a uniform?
Right now, that is not happening. Recruiters desperate for warm bodies to be shipped to Iraq are prowling selected high schools and neighborhoods across the country with sales pitches that touch on everything but the possibility of being maimed or killed in combat.
Norman Solomon is the author of the new book War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. For excerpts and other information, go to: www.WarMadeEasy.com
The Bush administration may ratchet up the Iraq war.
That might seem unlikely, even farfetched. After all, the president is facing an upsurge of domestic opposition to the war. Under such circumstances, why would he escalate it?
A big ongoing factor is that George W. Bush and his top aides seem to believe in red-white-and-blue violence with a fervor akin to religiosity. For them, the Pentagon’s capacity to destroy is some kind of sacrament. And even if more troops aren’t readily available for duty in Iraq, huge supplies of aircraft and missiles are available to step up the killing from the air.
By Rep Lynn Woolsey
WASHINGTON: The war in Iraq, now entering its 30th month, seemingly brings a new atrocity or source of shame every day. The American death toll is approaching 2,000, with August on track to be one of the war's deadliest months.
And let's not forget the wounded, the victims of post-traumatic stress syndrome and the tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians senselessly killed so that their nation could be 'liberated'.
Throughout this year, I have been calling for the president to bring our troops home to their families as soon as realistically possible. I have repeatedly requested hearings on Iraq troop withdrawal.
By ELISABETH BUMILLER
Published: August 22, 2005
New York Times
This has been a strange August in Crawford, where President Bush and Cindy Sheehan have become neighbors living in opposite worlds.
Supporters of Ms. Sheehan, the mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq, are feeding hundreds of people each day at an elaborate new antiwar encampment abutting a Secret Service checkpoint less than a mile from the president's ranch. Mr. Bush, who went on a 17-mile bike ride on Saturday with the seven-time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong, is in his own presidential vacation encampment, and was largely focused last week on downtime and exercise.
Morning Coffee, Conspiracy Freaks, Different sorts of Soldiers, Vacations, and of course, Cindy Sheehan
This comment was submitted by Brian on Mon, 2005-08-22 05:41 under to article "Howdy, neighbor!" We've elevated it to an article so that everyone can read it.
“She’s standing up to him, I read it on the internet,
Sunday August 21, 2005
Cindy Sheehan's vigil outside the President's ranch has galvanised the anti-war movement - and provoked a vicious political slanging match. Paul Harris reports
Candles were lit all across America last week in one of the largest single anti-war protests in recent US history. At more than 1,600 vigils tens of thousands of protesters gathered in solidarity with the woman who has been the catalyst for the rebirth of the anti-war movement: Cindy Sheehan.
Her remarkable one-woman stand outside George Bush's Texas ranch has turned into a national phenomenon - and one of the most vicious political slanging matches in recent US history. On the pro-war side, Sheehan has been derided as a traitor to America, betraying her dead soldier son's memory. On the anti-war side she has become a secular saint, laden with the powerful imagery of the avenging mother roused to action. For them, she is the lone soccer mom who is taking on Bush - and winning.
Editorial in New York Times
August 21, 2005
The Bush administration has announced plans for a Freedom Walk on Sept. 11, which will start at the Pentagon and end at the National Mall, and include a country music concert. The event is an ill-considered attempt to link the Iraq war to the terrorist attacks of 2001, and misguided in almost every conceivable way. It also badly misreads the public's mood. The American people are becoming increasingly skeptical about the war. They want answers to hard questions, not pageantry.
It is perfectly appropriate for the Defense Department to organize a memorial for Americans who died on Sept. 11, since many were Pentagon employees. It is also fine to pay tribute to the sacrifices being made by the troops in Iraq. What is disturbing is the Bush administration's insistence on combining the two in a politically loaded day of marching and entertainment.
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.
Bush Plans Yet Another Push to Improve Poll Numbers on Iraq, With Yet More Speeches Linking Iraq with 9/11
Bush plans bid to rally Iraq support
Texas protests continue as Republicans disagree on conflict
Aides say Bush will attempt to portray the Iraq conflict in the context of long wars like World War II.
CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- President Bush will launch a new round of speeches to rally support for the war in Iraq, advisers said Sunday, as protesters camped outside Bush's Texas home and polls showed weaker support for the two-year conflict.
Senior aides say Bush will attempt to portray the Iraq conflict in the context of long wars like World War II, which U.S. forces fought from 1941 to 1945.
By Mike Allen
At the Crawford Protest Camp, Growing Echoes of Woodstock
CRAWFORD, Tex., Aug. 21 -- Camp Casey, which started with one mom and a grievance, mushroomed over the weekend into a massive settlement with a party tent for 2,000, a shuttle-bus service and an elaborate catering operation that deposited a 26-foot-long refrigerator truck, generators, and restaurant-quality ranges and warming ovens in a field next to President Bush's ranch.
The hippie crowd that originally was drawn to Cindy Sheehan's protest is still in town -- activists from Food Not Bombs are sleeping in an old school bus that has been painted sky blue and can be started only with jumper cables. But now they have been joined by liberals from throughout the West who are double-parking their hybrid-fueled cars to take part in a peace protest with a budget that is $120,000 and rising.
By David Sirota
In case Democrats were worried that opposing the Preisdent's Iraq War policy will raise the ire of those in the military, they should read this piece attached from Sunday's Pensacola News-Journal. The story, from a town with a sizable military population, notes that "If there's growing sentiment against the war in Iraq, many area veterans of the fight aren't taking it personally. Vets see the opposition as a protest against policy, not them or their service."
The thing is, it insults the intelligence of our soldiers to think that they will automatically believe that questioning the President's misguided Iraq War policy - and the lies that got us to that policy - is undermining the troops. In fact, as I wrote earlier today, when Democrats demand answers and an exit strategy, they are being pro-soldier, in that they are saying it is unacceptable for our political leaders to leave our troops in a perilous situation without a serious plan to bring them home.
The Brad Show is broadcasting live from Camp Casey at high noon CT:
CNN PRESENTS 8:00 PM EST
Sunday, August 21, 2005
DAVID ENSOR, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It was the central pillar in the argument for preemptive war.
RICHARD CHENEY, U.S. VICE PRESIDENT: Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.
ENSOR: The United States put its credibility on the line.
COLIN POWELL, FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: What we're giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence.
ENSOR: But much of that intelligence turned out to be wrong.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was the lowest point in my life. I wish I had not been involved.
"A Baghdad MP shares his experiences in Iraq and his thoughts about the Iraq War."
Veterans Against the Iraq War
Hello, my name is Bill. I'm 24 years old and live in NJ. I fought in Sadr City, Baghdad Iraq from Feb. 2004 to Feb. 2005. I served in C. Co 759th MP Bn 89th MP Brigade. I still wholeheartedly support the decision to remove Saddam from power, however I am completely against the continued occupation of Iraq.
When I landed in Baghdad, the US had roughly 350 deaths. When I left the number was close to 1300. I had 4 of my friends killed and another 27 in my company wounded, which gave us a 1 in 3 rate of being a casualty. I saw a good friend of mine have half of his face blown off when a RPG blew up on our windshield. Another friend of my was wounded twice in separate IED attacks and still wasnt allowed home. I killed 4 people during an 18 hour firefight, one of whom was a little girl that got caught by the burst of a 203 round.
-21 First Impressions at Camp Casey II
By Cynthia Bogard
It’s 11:30 pm and I’m listening to a one-man play about what it means to be a marine in Iraq. The actor IS a marine, Jeff Key and his straight-talk, rapid fire yet somehow folksy style is riveting the crowd. He tells it in a diarist’s style blow by blow but with plenty of reflective side comments. The ants and the heat, the sweet street kids, the blood, the chaos and all the horrible emotions.
It’s been a day, it has, my first afternoon and evening at Camp Casey II, the one-acre not-in-the-ditch site donated by Fred Mattlage, a Bush neighbor who supports what Cindy Sheehan started. Nice of him to get us out of the ditch but camping * or doing anything here would still be hell if it weren’t for the half-acre sized white “revival
I have assembled a slideshow of editorial cartoons about Cindy Sheehan here:
More submissions are, of course, most welcome!
Left I on the News
By Bob Olsen, Toronto
The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War http://www.nowar.ca held a rally opposite the U.S. consulate in Toronto in support of Cindy Sheehan on Saturday, Aug 21. About 60 people attended on short notice.
Here are two photos of the event. The first photo shows a Muslim girl holding a "Support Cindy Sheehan" placard. In the background is the CN Tower, a Toronto landmark. The street is University Avenue that runs from the financial district to the Provincial Legislature. Court houses, hospitals, and some big businesses line the street as well as the U.S. consulate.
Published on Friday, August 12, 2005 by TomDispatch.com
By Elizabeth de la Vega
Pundits right, left, and center have reached a rare unanimous verdict about one aspect of the grand jury investigation into the Valerie Plame leak: They've decided that no charges can be brought under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, because it imposes an impossibly high standard for proof of intent. Typically, writing for Slate on July 19th, Christopher Hitchens described the 1982 Act as a "silly law" that requires that "you knowingly wish to expose the cover of a CIA officer who you understand may be harmed as a result." Similarly, columnist Richard Cohen, in the July 14 Washington Post, said he thought Rove was a "political opportunist, not a traitor" and that he didn't think Rove "specifically intended to blow the cover of a CIA agent." Such examples could be multiplied many times over.
A Besieged-in-Crawford Reading List for the President
By Tom Engelhardt
It's been a month of momentous White House announcements. First, there was Laura's gender-bending, glass-soufflé-dish breaking decision to choose Cristeta Comerford for the previously all-male post of White House head chef. Then came the issuing of the presidential vacation reading list. Besieged in Crawford's Green Zone by Cindy Sheehan and her supporters, but also by sinking poll numbers, rising casualty figures in Iraq, Republican fears for the 2006 midterm elections, soaring gas prices, and a world generally spinning out of control, the President has sworn to stick to vacation normalcy -- biking, brush-cutting, and, of course, reading. "I think it's also important for me to go on with my life" has been his response to the building pressure -- and to prove it, we're told, he's settled in with three good books: Mark Kurlansky's history of salt, John Barry's tale of the great flu pandemic of 1918, and... hmmm... Edvard Radzinsky's upcoming Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar.
By Tom Hayden
“We need a strategy to win in Iraq, or an exit strategy to leave.
By Gary Zimmerman
We had another successful Support Cindy demonstration in Sacramento on
8/20/05 between 6:30 and 9:00 p.m. at 16th & Broadway. About 250 people
showed up, twice as many as last week. Here are some photos of the
scene. Even a few typically high I. Q. Bush supporters showed up,
apparently champing at the bit to sign up and kick some ass in Iraq.
Tomorrow (8/22), the right-wing Move America Backwards (Forwards?) bus
BY RAMZY BAROUD
CINDY Sheehan, a grieving mother of 24-year-old son Casey, killed only days after joining his army unit in Iraq — is an ordinary woman with extraordinary bearings.
Two months after the untimely death of her son, in June 2004, she met President Bush, hoping to find comfort and answers to many daunting questions. After a disappointing meeting, she insisted on meeting him again to pose her simple, yet poignant and utterly consequential question: "Why did my son die?
Expectedly, this question has been asked by thousands of grieving American families and in fact millions of Americans, many of whom have finally realised the dishonesty and absurdity of Bush's aimless war. 54 per cent of the American public, according to an August 7, 2005 nationwide CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll feel that the US administration has 'made a mistake' in sending troops to Iraq.
A little while ago, at 2:05 PM ET, FOX News Live reported a vicious lie about Cindy Sheehan without bothering to provide the source.
Laurie Dhue introduced the segment by saying snidely that Cindy Sheehan is the "so-called Peace Mom," as if that in itself is something distasteful.
Molly Henneberg reported from Crawford, TX that Sheehan "says America is not worth dying for." Rather than provide a specific source or a clip, Henneberg merely told the audience Sheehan said that "back in April at a rally in San Francisco for a lawyer convicted of providing support to terrorists." Perhaps the reason no clip or source was provided was because Henneberg completely distorted what Sheehan said.