Vets Understand Iraq War Criticism Is Not Criticism of Our Troops

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.

Brad Show Live From Crawford

The Brad Show is broadcasting live from Camp Casey at high noon CT:
http://bradblog.com/BradShow/

CNN PRESENTS: "Dead Wrong"

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.

My Experience In Baghdad 2004-2005

"A Baghdad MP shares his experiences in Iraq and his thoughts about the Iraq War."
Veterans Against the Iraq War
By Bill

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

-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

Cindy Sheehan Editorial Cartoons

I have assembled a slideshow of editorial cartoons about Cindy Sheehan here:

http://community.webshots.com/album/428059265PWWdmB

LINK

More submissions are, of course, most welcome!

Eli Stephens
Left I on the News
http://lefti.blogspot.com

Saturday Rally for Cindy in Canada

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.

How to Prosecute the Plame Case

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.

Tomgram: George’s Lucky "Top 13

http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=15267

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.

MORE THOUGHTS ON EXIT STRATEGY

By Tom Hayden

“We need a strategy to win in Iraq, or an exit strategy to leave.

Sacramento Rallies for Cindy

By Gary Zimmerman

Photo Gallery

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

She speaks for all of us

Khaleej Times
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.

Take Action! Demand FOX News Retract Cindy Sheehan Lie

Newshounds.us

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.

Baez Performs Near Crawford War Protest

By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press Writer

Iraq war protesters camping out near President Bush's ranch are getting support from a prominent figure in the anti-Vietnam war movement: folk singer Joan Baez.

"In the first march I went to (opposing Vietnam) there were 10 of us. This is huge," Baez told relatives of fallen U.S. soldiers Sunday as she prepared to perform a free evening concert in Bush's adopted hometown.

The concert was expected to draw more than 1,000 people to a 1-acre lot offered by a landowner who opposes the war. Not far away, protesters continued a camp-out started by grieving mother Cindy Sheehan.

Utah TV Station Refuses to Air Anti-War Ad Days Before Bush Visit

Published on Sunday, August 21, 2005 by the Associated Press
By Jennifer Dobner

SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah television station is refusing to air an anti-war ad featuring Cindy Sheehan, whose son's death in Iraq prompted a vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch.

The ad began airing on other area stations Saturday, two days before Bush was scheduled to speak in Salt Lake City to the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

However, a national sales representative for KTVX, a local ABC affiliate, rejected the ad in an e-mail to media buyers, writing that it was an "inappropriate commercial advertisement for Salt Lake City."

Pittsburgh Police Arrest Five Anti-War Protesters, Two Injured, in March

Published on Sunday, August 21, 2005 by the Associated Press
By Joe Mandak

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania - Police charged four people protesting the war in Iraq, two of whom suffered minor injuries from the police response, when 60 people disrupted traffic by marching the wrong way down a busy one-way street toward an Army recruiting station.

The Pittsburgh Organizing Group planned the Saturday morning demonstration. A spokesman for that group, David Meieran, accused police of responding with "inappropriate and excessive force."

Meieran claimed some protesters were pepper sprayed and Tasered; he said a 68-year-old woman who was not resisting was bitten by a police dog.

GOP Senator Says Iraq Looking Like Vietnam

By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press Writer

A leading Republican senator and prospective presidential candidate said Sunday that the war in Iraq has destabilized the Middle East and is looking more like the Vietnam conflict from a generation ago.

Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, who received two Purple Hearts and other military honors for his service in Vietnam, reiterated his position that the United States needs to develop a strategy to leave Iraq. Hagel scoffed at the idea that U.S. troops could be in Iraq four years from now at levels above 100,000, a contingency for which the Pentagon is preparing.

Rocking for Peace

http://crawfordupdate.blogspot.com/

James McMurtry, a political/folk/rock singer came to Camp Casey last night to entertain the troops. Steve Earle followed, singing "Rich Man's War" along with other favorites. Hey, we sit in ditches all day, it's nice to have a little entertainment once in awhile! Speaking of entertainment, check back here tonight for an update on this evening's performer-- nothing says "Peace Movement" like she does.

Under the Big Top

http://crawfordupdate.blogspot.com/

It's incredible to think that Camp Casey began exactly two weeks ago Saturday with a grieving mother and a close band of supporters sleeping in a ditch along Prarie Chapel Road. The total number of participants coming to Crawford has now swelled by thousands; the infrastructure has gone from tents in the ditch, no bathroom facilities and rudimentary meals to a huge white tent, scores of porta-potties and multi-course dinners. Hundreds of volunteers and donors have come together to make this all possible, and these little improvements in comfort will susta

Second camp site

http://crawfordupdate.blogspot.com/

Our tent at the new camp site. We've decided not to move everything to the new camp site because both the first and second sites are now reaching full capacity. The first site on Prarie Chapel Road is dedicated to camping, and the second is used for events and food.

Arlington West expands

http://crawfordupdate.blogspot.com/

Camp Casey #2 with 200 crosses in front. Combined with the crosses already erected at Camp Casey #1, there are a total of 1000 in Crawford. The group Veterans for Peace are going to work to put up all 1850 crosses within the week. Yesterday evening, Lance Corporal Jeff Key, Iraq vet, played taps at the edge of the crosses.

The Listening Tent and the Raw Talk Revival At Camp Casey Two

By Greg Moses
http://peacefile.org/wordpress/?p=237

Two weeks ago in Crawford, Texas there was a lonely Peace House with payments to make and not much money in the bank. Today, there is not only a Peace House with enough money in the bank to pay it off, but there are two (count 'em two!) Camp Caseys that now reach out and around the vacation home of the President of the USA, supporting a peace movement that the mainstream media are having a difficult time hiding.

And where is the money coming from? From the same places the people are coming from who show up to the Peace House every day. From all over the country. And a movement that some thought would die overnight after Cindy Sheehan left town to care for her ailing mother? That movement will surely be swelling to the largest numbers ever Sunday night as confirmation is spreading at the speed of light: Joan Baez is coming!

What Feingold Has to Say

http://www.democrats.com/node/5776

Meet the Press 8/21/05 with David Gregory.

On Thursday, Senator Feingold became the first senator to call for a specific withdrawal date from Iraq, and he joins us now for his first live interview.

Senator, welcome to MEET THE PRESS.

SEN. RUSS FEINGOLD, (D-WI): Good morning, David.

MR. GREGORY: Explain why you've taken this step at this point. Why set this target date?

SEN. FEINGOLD: Well, it's been a long time coming. I didn't support the war in Iraq in the first place. But once the country decided to go into Iraq, I felt it was very important that we do the best we can to success and support our troops. The problem is is that we're not getting the leadership from the administration. The president is not telling us what is the time frame, what are the benchmarks and what is the possible completion date for this mission. And what's happening is the American public is really despairing of the situation.

The Crawford Coward is Terrified of Six Moms

By Bob Fertik
http://www.democrats.com/node/5775

Why won't Bush meet with Cindy? Mike Allen of the Pentagon Post finally digs up an answer:

The aides said they also took into account the fact that a meeting might lead to a spate of similar demands, and they said they thought it was possible that any meeting would fuel the attention to Sheehan rather than head it off. "If five mothers replaced her, what have you accomplished?" a senior administration official asked. "That was a huge part of the decision."

Are they serious? Bush has no problem sending hundreds of thousands of soldiers to be killed, maimed, traumatized, or poisoned - but he's terrified of explaining his decision to six moms?Impeach Bush Now!

Lourey calls on Bush to admit mistake

Kevin Duchschere, Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 22, 2005

Becky Lourey the activist said Sunday that her brief trip to Texas helped convince her that the United States went to war in Iraq for the wrong reasons.

And Becky Lourey the mother said the trip brought her closer to her fallen soldier son, Matt, and helped her move beyond her grief.

The DFL state senator from Kerrick received a warm welcome home Sunday on the steps of the State Capitol, where the DFL party held a rally for Lourey and congressional candidate Coleen Rowley.

The two went to Texas on Thursday to show support for Californian Cindy Sheehan, who, like Lourey, has lost a son in the war, and who for the last two weeks has staged a vigil outside President Bush's ranch. Sheehan says she wants a meeting with Bush.

Baez to Perform at Crawford War Protest

Sunday August 21, 2005 11:46 PM
By ANGELA K. BROWN
Associated Press Writer

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - Iraq war protesters camping out near President Bush's ranch are getting support from a prominent figure in the anti-Vietnam war movement: folk singer Joan Baez.

Baez planned a free concert in Bush's adopted hometown Sunday that was expected to draw more than 1,000 people on a 1-acre lot offered by a landowner who opposes the war. Not far away, protesters continued a camp-out started by grieving mother Cindy Sheehan.

Meanwhile, more Bush supporters arrived at a downtown pro-Bush camp. As of Sunday afternoon, more than 150 people had visited the large tent with ``God Bless Our President!'' and ``God Bless Our Troops'' banners and a life-size cardboard cutout of Bush.

Trent Lott Spills Beans on Meet the Press

Trent Lott on Meet the Press today.

MR. GREGORY: Let me turn to something that you wrote in your book
about Iraq and put it on the screen: "In the summer of 2002...the
president began lobbying for an open-ended resolution empowering him
to wage war on Iraq.... Bush had made clear his intentions to wage war
on Iraq in several of our private meetings."

What are you speaking about precisely, Senator?

SEN. LOTT: Well, beginning in August that year and into the fall--in
fact, beginning not too long after 9/11--as we had leadership meetings
at breakfast with the president, he would go around the world and talk

Beltway Dems Regurgitate Right-Wing B.S. on Iraq

Beltway Dems Regurgitate Right-Wing B.S. on Iraq; Grassroots Fights Back
By David Sirota

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a great piece today (attached) on how many of the highest-profile Democrats - other than the courageous Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) - are still unwilling to take a serious position on the Iraq War. I must say, there are very troubling signs in the article in terms of Democrats continuing to regurgitate dishonest right wing lies (a phenomenon our side seems to be prone to), and continuing to listen to the professional election losers (aka. "The Consulting Class") and the club of foreign policy elitists (aka. the "The Strategic Class") in Washington, D.C. But there are also some very encouraging signals this insulated Beltway Establishment is being shaken to its core.

'And Let it Begin with Me': New Voices Rising at Camp Casey Two

By Greg Moses
http://peacefile.org/wordpress/?p=236

Two weeks ago in Crawford, Texas there was a lonely Peace House with payments to make and not much money in the bank. Today, there is not only a Peace House with enough money in the bank to pay it off, but there are two (count 'em two!) Camp Caseys that now reach out and around the vacation home of the President of the USA, supporting a peace movement that the mainstream media are having a difficult time hiding.

And where is the money coming from? From the same places the people are coming from who show up to the Peace House every day. From all over the country. And a movement that some thought would die overnight after Cindy Sheehan left town to care for her ailing mother? That movement will surely be swelling to the largest numbers ever Sunday night as confirmation is spreading at the speed of light: Joan Baez is coming!

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