Local Military Wife Supports Cindy Sheehan

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Aug 11, 2005, 07:20 PM

Cindy Sheehan

A fallen soldier's mother has been camped outside President Bush's Texas ranch since Saturday, protesting the war in Iraq.

Cindy Sheehan's son Casey died in Iraq last year just five days after arriving there with his unit. Now Sheehan and her supporters have planted themselves right outside the president's ranch in Crawford, Texas. Sheehan says she's waiting for the president to come out and talk with her.

"It's hot out here. I was out here all night. Yesterday I got really sick from the heat. And he's the leader of the country and he needs to show some leadership. He needs to show that he has a heart and to meet with the mother of a war hero,

Vigil Threatens to put President in Tough Spot

By Marc Sandalow
Published on Thursday, August 11, 2005 by the San Francisco Chronicle

WASHINGTON - A grieving Northern California mother's vigil near President Bush's Texas ranch is putting a human face on the toll of the Iraq war as she brings worldwide attention to her anguish.

Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville began camping in a ditch along the road leading to Crawford, Texas, on Saturday, determined to confront Bush over the death of her son Casey, a 24-year-old Army specialist who was killed in Sadr City on April 4, 2004.

That a grieving woman seeks to speak to the president or that she opposes the war is hardly news as the war rages in its third year. But the image of an anguished 48-year-old mother standing outside the vacation home of the most powerful leader in the world, asking him to explain her son's death, is compelling and has caught the attention of millions of people from Canada to New Zealand.

Media from all over the world flock to Crawford

KXXV TV News Channel 25
Waco, Temple, Killeen & Central Texas

A California mother's war protest has gained the attention of the president. Cindy Sheehan has been camped near the Crawford Ranch since Saturday and she has gathered about 50 supporters.
Sheehan's oldest son, Casey was killed last year, five days after he arrived in Iraq. Now, she and other Gold Star families, who have lost someone in battle, demand a meeting with the president.

"We deserve this meeting with George Bush. I expect him to do the right thing," Sheehan said.

Sheehan now has the attention of the President and he responded to the protest today. President Bush says he understands and respects their views but leaving Iraq now would send a terrible signal to the enemy.

I'm not budging, says soldier's mother camped at Bush's door

The Times (UK)
August 12, 2005
From Tom Baldwin in Crawford, Texas

GEORGE BUSH loves his Prarie Chapel Ranch in Crawford so much that he has spent almost one fifth of his presidency “taking the pulse of the heartlands

Brush-off for mother in war protest

The Telegraph (UK)
By Francis Harris in Washington
(Filed: 12/08/2005)

A bereaved mother camped outside George W Bush's Texas ranch was given expressions of sympathy from the president yesterday but no pledge of the meeting she is demanding to discuss a US withdrawal from Iraq.

Cindy Sheehan has been camped out for the past six days, prompting 50 other anti-war campaigners to join her and the White House press machine to display clear signs of anxiety at the potential public impact.

Her son Casey Sheehan, 24, was killed five days after he arrived in Iraq last year.

Speaking on the issue for the first time after a meeting yesterday with his aides at the Crawford ranch, Mr Bush said he sympathised with the Catholic mother of four.

San Franciscans Oppose the War. Why Don't Their Representatives?

CommonDreams
by Tom Gallagher

Given San Francisco's well deserved reputation as a center of the movement against the war against Iraq, many people outside the city may be surprised to learn that it does not have an antiwar representative in Congress, that is, one who supports withdrawing our troops now – not at some indeterminate time in the future, as Donald Rumsfield assures us we will do. And given that one of its representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is the House Democratic leader, it's not just the city, but the nation that needs an antiwar representative from San Francisco.
In fact, many San Franciscans are themselves quite surprised, shocked even, when they learn that both of their Congressional representatives, Nancy Pelosi and Tom Lantos, opposed a May 25 budget amendment calling upon the President to "develop a plan for the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq." After all, last November, 63% of the city's voters approved Proposition N, which called on the Federal government to "bring the troops safely home now."

Bush Backs Down From Encounter With Mrs. Sheehan

The Chattanoogan (Tennessee)
by Bart Whiteman
posted August 11, 2005

Cindy Sheehan is conducting a personal vigil at the end of the driveway to George W. Bush’s sprawling 1600-acre Texas residence. She wants an audience, and she wants it now, with George W. to ask him a few questions and to engage in a polite discussion about the cause and effect of his Iraq War. To date, George W. has been a no-show.

I am always puzzled by big tough guys who claim to want to teach all the bad guys of the world a lesson, but at the same time they shrink from a meeting with an unarmed, middle-aged woman sitting in the shade on a hot August day in a folding chair and wearing culottes. If this menace scares them so much, what would happen if they really had to go toe-to-toe with a very, very bad guy not so delicately dressed? George has avoided using the driveway since the vigil began. Fortunately, he has a personal helicopter to make trips to the drug store and to sign mega-bucks bills related to oil and transportation that are not likely to help the average consumer at all in the near future, but will put gobs of bucks in the hands of his corporate cronies in a hurry. Let’s see, is there a tie between oil and transportation? Oh, I get it.

Dear George & Laura Bush,

I am writing you today not only as a member of Gold Star Families for Peace who was in Crawford this weekend with Cindy, knocking on your door, but also as a proud Texan. As a Texan, I have a couple of words to say to you.

Whatever happened to that good old fashioned Texas hospitality and friendliness people talk so much about? When someone comes knocking at your door, especially a grieving mother who has walked hours out in the hot Texas sun especially to come see you, you really should let her in! Cindy wasn’t a threat to you Saturday and she is not a threat to you now.

Apparently Cindy is your neighbor now, at least for the month of August. Most Texans I know would invite their new neighbor over for a chat and a nice glass of iced tea at the kitchen table or, at the very least, on the patio where the three of you could have a nice little chat about the war and Casey and the rest of the 1,840 soldiers who have given their lives for your little war.

A Time for Moral Outrage

Republicans for Humility
By William Frey, M. D.

The willingness of far too Americans to patiently accept the rationale of Administration talking points through every twist and turn, through every flip-flop, through the every Presidential renunciation of previously sacred American civic principles, may at long last be coming to an end.

29 months after the invasion of Iraq in March, 2003, the pretext given to the American people and to Congress for invading Iraq has yet to be substantiated.

Nonetheless, intelligence we now know to be less than accurate was utilized both to obtain public support and Congressional authorization for the use of military force, a decision that only Congress has the legal authority to make.

Mother begs for end to killing

By Anna Varela
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/12/05

Mary Ann MacCombie didn't protest Vietnam. She was in her early 20s and wasn't sure she understood that war well enough to take a stand.

And she didn't know anybody who died there.
When the United States invaded Iraq in March 2003, she was "cautiously supportive." And when her son's Army unit joined the fight, she thought it would be like the Gulf War in 1991 — few casualties, "in and out."

In April 2004, MacCombie's son was killed in Iraq. Suddenly the war became personal.

On Thursday, two years after the invasion of Iraq, MacCombie spoke out at an anti-war demonstration for the first time. It took her more than a year to trust herself to talk about her son without breaking down, a year spent in a state of shock and coping with the bureaucratic details that follow death in a faraway place.

Jodie Evans of Code Pink, Live from Crawford, Texas

T r u t h o u t Editor Scott Galindez films William Rivers Pitt interviewing Jodie Evans of Code Pink at Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas.
http://truthout.org/cindy.shtml

Bob Fertik Replies to Byron York

Byron York is the leading "hit man" of the right-wing Republican establishment. A His most recent book is The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy, which argues that everyone to the left of Ann Coulter is a paid lackey of atheist communist fifth-columnist George Soros and belongs in Gitmo or before a firing squad.For today's "hit," York went after Cindy Sheehan and, through the old McCarthyite trick of guilt-by-association, the bloggers (including Joe Trippi and myself) who participated in BlogCall9 on Wednesday.

Listen to Sirota, Zogby & DCCC Debate the Iraq War on NPR

By David Sirota

Permit me to engage in a bit of shameless self-promotion, but I thought folks would be interested in the debate I just had with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) on National Public Radio over America's Iraq policy. Also appearing in the roundtable was pollster John Zogby; Dante Zappalla, the brother of a National Guardsmen killed in Iraq; and Andrew McCarthy, an archconservative from the so-called Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (a group set up to advocate for war in Iraq). Go to www.kcrw.com and listen to the debate at:

http://kcrw.com/cgi-bin/ram_wrap.cgi?/tp/tp050811The_War_in_Iraq_and_

New Right Wing Attack

National Review's Annoying Byron York Writes:

Without Internet, U.S. Would Be a "Fascist State"

Cindy Sheehan, the woman whose soldier son was killed in Iraq and who is
now camping by a road in Crawford, Texas demanding a meeting with
President Bush, on Wednesday thanked a group of antiwar bloggers for
supporting her, saying that without the Internet, America would be a
"fascist state."

"This is something that can't be ignored," Sheehan said during a
conference call with bloggers representing sites like democrats.com,
codepink4peace.org, and crooksandliars.com. "They can't ignore us, and

A Song for the Fallen

The Age of Innocence

While our fearless leader hides in his spider-hole (aka Crawford Ranch), Cindy Sheehan is, we are told, presenting a threat to our National Security. She is peaceable, she is unarmed, and she has made no threats. Her only request is a simple one: give me a few minutes of your time, sir.
By Nancy Greggs
Democratic Underground

We were only a matter of days into the debacle that has become the war in Iraq when our esteemed leader, George W. Bush, had a meeting with Kofi Annan at the White House. A few reporters were herded in to ask their questions (no more than three and, for God's sake, keep 'em simple), and one reporter asked Bush why it was necessary to invade Iraq at this point.

AOL on Cindy Sheehan

Dailykos
by hopesprings [Subscribe]
Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 22:16:34 PDT
Again, they are very conservative-leaning.

Here's the latest poll stats:

Do you think President Bush should meet with Cindy Sheehan?
Yes 58%
No 42%
Do you agree with Sheehan?
Yes 53%
No 47%
How effective do you think her protest will be?
Not at all 50%
Somewhat 31%
Very 19%

hopesprings's diary :: ::
I don't understand why, if 58% think Bush should meet with Sheehan, and 53% agree with her, that only 19% think her protest will be very effective.

Keeping in mind that AOL is a very conservative audience, what does this say about Americans?

Why isn't the Democratic Leadership camping in Crawford?

Dailykos
by JoOnTheLake [Subscribe]
Fri Aug 12th, 2005 at 04:34:18 PDT

Where are they? Why are they not in the trenches with Cindy Sheehan? They are as guilty as Bush for ignoring her grief.

Why aren't they listening to her questions? Most of them supported the war and voted to send our children to Iraq. If the President of the United States will not hear Cindy Sheehan, the Democrats who voted to support this war should get themselves to Crawford and listen to her. They should be camping out with her. Where are they?

They are going to have to answer for their decisions to support this war. They need to stop marching, no, make that goose-stepping with the Republicans in support of this war.

Area mother joining the fray in Bush country

By Barb Ickes
Quad-City Times

A couple of books on tape, a cell phone and some junk food are the only things keeping Caryn Unsicker company on the long road.

The Silvis, Ill., woman set out Wednesday morning on a 1,000-mile pilgrimage from her home to President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. She probably won't get but a few miles from the entrance to the sprawling retreat.

But she has to go.

Unsicker won't know until she gets there today how many other mothers from across the country have made the same trek to Crawford. Chances are good there will be dozens — driven to cross the countryside like so many firefighters were driven to reach New York City after 9/11.

Vote up Cindy's essay on Yahoo

Dailykos
by j sundman [Subscribe]
Fri Aug 12th, 2005 at 05:43:05 PDT

Sorry for short diary, and apologies if this has already been diaried.

Cindy Sheehan has written a wonderful essay called "George Bush's Accountability Moment" that's been picked up by Yahoo News.

This is George Bush's accountability moment. That's why I'm here. The mainstream media aren't holding him accountable. Neither is Congress. So I'm not leaving Crawford until he's held accountable.

As of a few moments ago, only 134 people had voted. Might I suggest you mosey on over, read it, and vote it up.

MilitaryTracy in Crawford Interviewed by Time Mag

Dailykos
by SusanHu [Subscribe]
Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 19:05:19 PDT
Front-paged at BoomanTribune.com.

From today's Time magazine story (sub.) -- "A Bereaved Mother's Crawford Vigil" -- a featured interview with our BoomanTribune core member, Military Tracy, who drove from Alabama and joined up with Brinnaine, Janet, and Rick in Austin.

I just spoke with Tracy who told me that she met Time reporter Hilary Hylton today at the Peace House in Crawford. Ms. Hylton was lost, and asked Tracy's help in finding Cindy's gathering area. Tracy led her out to the "Love Camp." While Tracy didn't pour out her story to Ms. Hylton, someone else suggested that Tracy had a story to tell. And she did:

If you're coming to Crawford

Dailykos
by outragemeter [Subscribe]
Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 22:44:37 PDT

There was a meeting this evening at the Peace House to discuss the serious problem of too many cars. I cannot stress enough how much time dealing with this issue is taking from the volunteers time needed for other things. If you come, please, please car pool.

After checking in at Peace House and getting oriented, move your car to the football field parking lot a short distance away. It will be monitored by volunteers. Take one of the "shuttles" to the camp site, there is simply no place there left to park.

We will be adding to the Crawford Peace House site tomorrow to allow folks to request/offer rides from their locales to Crawford. We'll also have a map and directions.

The Peaceful Occupation Day 6

Dailykos
by CindySheehan

Day 6 of the Peaceful Occupation of Iraq began early this morning when people in cars drove by our camp a few times and blasted on their horns. I just assume they were blaring their approval of us.

Before we get to the less than negative things that are happening out at Camp Casey and in the world at large today, over 700 people showed up at the Camp today. There were more people, flowers, cards, mail, interviews, laughter, heartache, comraderie, excitement, and just sheer work.

We had the first birthday party tonight at our little event. Alicia from Austin turned 17 today and they came to Crawford to celebrate with a cake. Alicia said that she wanted to be out here for her birthday. So many great people from so many parts of the country and our world are here.

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Camp Casey's Newest Recruits

Dailykos
By ilona

No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. -- John Donne

No woman is an island either. Even if she's a powerhouse of a woman named Cindy Sheehan. This diary is a collection of news clippings to celebrate some of those who've heard the bell toll, and are now answering its call by descending on Camp Casey.

First, a good introduction:

The Chattanoogan [TN] Bart Whiteman:
Bush Backs Down from Encounter with Mrs. Sheehan [whole article highly recommended]

Bush Backs Down From Encounter With Mrs. Sheehan

by Bart Whiteman
The Chattanoogan

Cindy Sheehan is conducting a personal vigil at the end of the driveway to George W. Bush’s sprawling 1,600-acre Texas residence. She wants an audience, and she wants it now, with George W. to ask him a few questions and to engage in a polite discussion about the cause and effect of his Iraq War. To date, George W. has been a no-show.

I am always puzzled by big tough guys who claim to want to teach all the bad guys of the world a lesson, but at the same time they shrink from a meeting with an unarmed, middle-aged woman sitting in the shade on a hot August day in a folding chair and wearing culottes. If this menace scares them so much, what would happen if they really had to go toe-to-toe with a very, very bad guy not so delicately dressed? George has avoided using the driveway since the vigil began. Fortunately, he has a personal helicopter to make trips to the drug store and to sign mega-bucks bills related to oil and transportation that are not likely to help the average consumer at all in the near future, but will put gobs of bucks in the hands of his corporate cronies in a hurry. Let’s see, is there a tie between oil and transportation? Oh, I get it.

'Crawford 5' Lawyer Aids Sheehan's Legal Defense

by Nathan Diebenow, Associate Editor
The Lone Star Iconoclast

CAMP CASEY — In addition to the emotional and physical support from people around the world, Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a U.S. soldier slain in Iraq who wants to visit President Bush in person, and her backers at Camp Casey have received legal support here in Texas.

One lawyer in particular is Jim Harrington, the Director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, a statewide community-based, non-profit civil rights foundation he founded in 1990 that promotes social, racial, and economic justice and civil liberty, through the legal system and public education, for low income and poor persons.

Updates on Cindy Sheehan Visit to Crawford

The Lone Star Iconoclast
W. Leon Smith, publisher

Check the Lone Star Iconoclast site for continual updates (including photos) throughout the day.

One Mother's Stand - Ongoing Updates

[Editor's Note: Mr. Pitt is providing continual updates about Cindy Sheehan's stand in Crawford. Please check here to read the latest.]

t r u t h o u t
By William Rivers Pitt

A Nation Rocked to Sleep
By Carly Sheehan
Sister of Casey KIA 04/04/04
Sadr City, Baghdad

Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?
The torrential rains of a mother's weeping will never be done
They call him a hero, you should be glad that he's one, but
Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?

Have you ever heard the sound of a father holding back his cries?

Cindy Sheehan Responds To Right Wing Smear

Think Progress Audio Exclusive

The right-wing may be on the attack, but Cindy Sheehan’s voice won’t be silenced. She appeared on the Bill Press Show (with Christy Harvey) this morning to continue speaking truth to power. Here’s Cindy Sheehan, in her own words —

One of the more underhanded smears launched by the right wing came when Michelle Malkin said she didn’t think Casey Sheehan, Cindy’s son killed in Iraq, would approve of what his mom was doing. This morning Sheehan responded:

A Bereaved Mother's Crawford Vigil

TIME reporter visits an antiwar protest outside the President's ranch
By Hilary Hylton/Crawford, Texas

Wednesday's rains are gone, now, and Cindy Sheehan, who's been ensconced outside President Bush's ranch since last weekend protesting what she calls the needless death of her son in Iraq, shades her eyes as she sits on the roadside along Prairie Chapel Ranch Road. She's doing two interviews simultaneously, one on her cell phone and another with a reporter on the scene. Sheehan is surrounded by some 60 supporters and a small roadside field of white crosses. Signs saying "Jesus Wept," "Bush: Meet with Cindy" and "Iraq = Arabic for Vietnam" line the country road, along with bongo drums and small lean-tos for shade.

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