The Saturday Early Show 7:00 AM EST CBS
Saturday, August 13, 2005
TRACY SMITH, co-host:
President Bush's Texas ranch is the site of a peaceful showdown--on one side, Cindy Sheehan, the mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq; on the other, supporters of President Bush's Iraq policy. White House correspondent Mark Knoller has the latest.
Good morning, Mark.
MARK KNOLLER reporting:
Good morning, Tracy.
It was a week ago today that Cindy Sheehan arrived here in Crawford, Texas, demanding to see the president. And she did actually get to see him yesterday but only for a second or two.
Honest Questions Deserve Honest Answers
By DAVID KRIEGER
There is a wonderful movie, Amazing Grace and Chuck, which came out in 1987. It tells the story of a star Little League pitcher, Chuck, who, along with other youngsters on a field trip visits a missile silo in his home state of Montana. Chuck is an unusually sensitive and decent young person with wisdom beyond his years and the experience makes him aware of the threat to humanity posed by nuclear weapons. Instead of remaining complacent in the face of this threat, like most Americans, Chuck commits himself to doing something about the situation. He decides to give up the most important thing in his life, baseball, in protest of nuclear weapons. He stops pitching for his Little League team until the world is on the path to eliminating these weapons.
Sheehan plays 'Hardball' with Matthews
Leader of protest outside of Bush's Crawford ranch explains her stance
Updated: 11:50 a.m. ET Aug. 16, 2005
With Cindy Sheehan's protest outside of President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, in its ninth day on Monday, Hardball's Chris Matthews talked with the California mother who lost a son in Iraq and is demanding to meet with President Bush.
To read an excerpt of their conversation, continue to the text below. To watch the video, click on the "Launch" button to the right.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: What's the latest ... I know it is a tragic situation. Let me ask you, are you asking now for a meeting with the president? Or some other kind of occasion?
by Butler Shaffer
Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.
~ Mark Twain
I got both into and out of active politics while in my late twenties, shortly after my graduation from law school. I was impressed with Barry Goldwater; became executive secretary of my state’s Republican party organization; and got elected as part of our state’s delegation to the 1964 Republican national convention. My initial enthusiasm for political action quickly dissolved in the realism that politics was nothing more than a vicious racket; that trying to reform the process was as pointless as trying to clean up the Mafia. 1964 was the last year in which I devoted any of my energies to such purposes, including voting.
New York, August 16, 2005 – The General Secretary of the National Council of Churches is urging President Bush to join with Gold Star families and religious leaders in an interfaith prayer service outside the Bush ranch at noon (CDT) Friday,
The prayer service has been called by Gold Star mother Cindy Sheehan “as an opportunity for Americans and others across the world to pray for our soldiers in Iraq, their families and in particular the mothers of our fallen.
Casey Sheehan was born May 29, 1979, the first born child of Cindy and Pat Sheehan. It was a long labor. Fifty-one days after Casey was born, our first child, Wade was born, also after a long labor. They started school the same year, played the same games, watched the same television shows, loved the same country. On April 4, 1996, three weeks after going to Washington as a winner in a national contest about what America meant to him, Wade died in an automobile accident. On April 4, 2004, eight years later to the day, Casey, who loved his country enough to wear its uniform, died in Iraq. Cindy and Pat's hearts broke, as had ours.
By Dan Froomkin
Special to washingtonpost.com
Tuesday, August 16, 2005; 12:12 PM
Cindy Sheehan is now in her 11th day camped outside President Bush's Texas estate, waiting for a chance to confront the man who launched the war that took her son's life.
But the real drama is not whether Bush will relent and meet with her. It's almost certain that he won't.
The burning question is where does the Sheehan story go from here?
The White House is certainly hoping that the answer is nowhere -- and that the press will just get bored and move on.
Almost as good for the White House would be if the story becomes all about Cindy Sheehan, rather than her cause. (This just in: Her husband is divorcing her ! The neighbors are sick of her!)
BLOG | Posted 08/16/2005 @ 1:27pm
People's Petition for a Way Out of Iraq
By Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Editor of The Nation
A campaign is being launched this week by a host of groups including Progressive Democrats of America, Peace Action, CodePink, IPS and UFPJ to demand an exit strategy from Iraq. A central part of these efforts is a new petition which lays out a way to get out of Iraq and will be presented to Congress in mid-September.
This comes at what could be a tipping point moment. The country is waking up to the truth that Bush's decisions have led to the unnecessary deaths of more than 1,800 Americans, and tens of thousands of Iraqis, while making the US, the world and Iraq less secure. A majority of Americans now understand that we were deliberately misled into war; a majority recognize that the US made a mistake in sending troops to Iraq; and a majority believe that no matter how long US troops remain there, they will not be able to establish a stable, democratic government.
By Tim Goodrich
U.S. Tour of Duty
August 16, 2005
The last five days have been like nothing I have ever experienced. When I made the decision to go to Crawford, Texas last week, I thought I was going to a protest against the war that would be similar to the previous ones I have attended. I couldn¹t have been more wrong. What I found at Camp Casey was something that can only be described by traveling there and experiencing it for one's own self. The feeling of love and peace permeated the air. The support from people across the United States has been breathtaking. The people and the stories they have of why they felt the need to make this peace pilgrimage will evoke emotion from me thirty years from now. This is a memory that will not fade.
From the Cunning Realist on August 12, 2005
A lifelong conservative with a strong independent streak, I am a late-30's resident of New York City and an executive in the financial industry. I have a B.A., and an M.B.A. in International Business from Columbia University.
Even when something really outrages me, usually that outrage gives way to a bit of calm, measured thinking. With the Cindy Sheehan story, that's not the case.
If one needed any further proof that this incarnation of "Republicans" and alleged conservatives includes a faction that has gone completely and tragically over the edge, the smear campaign against Cindy Sheehan is it. For those who might not be familiar with the details of this and are looking for an accurate, factual account, a good summary appears here.
By Sherry Bohlen, National Field Director of Progressive Democrats of America
"A Rosa Parks moment"… "history in the making"… "a pivotal moment in history"… "the spark that will ignite a national anti-Iraq War moment"… these are all phrases that I used dozens of times in the 40 plus interviews that I did during the past week at Camp Casey. Standing with Cindy Sheehan at Camp Casey was truly an experience like no other.
Cindy Sheehan took a courageous stand along the roadside just outside President Bush’s ranch near Crawford, Texas. She simply asked the President to be accountable and to justify the loss of her son’s life. She was willing to stand alone. She had no idea that hundreds (thousands before it’s over) would caravan and pilgrimage to simply stand with her in support.
The Sag Harbor Express
By Julie Penny
It was the CIA that prevailed upon the Justice Department to launch the investigation into the leak of Valerie Plame after Bob Novak exposed her identity in his column on July 12, 2003. Now we find that Karl Rove, Bush’s chief of staff and political advisor, and Lewis “Scooter
Anti-war groups in the United States are announcing a campaign today to build support for a peaceful exit strategy from Iraq. We speak with the primary author of the "People's Petition for an Iraq Peace Plan," longtime activist Tom Hayden.
On Monday, the Washington Post reported that the Bush administration is significantly lowering expectations of what can be achieved in Iraq. Officials are now saying the U.S. can no longer expect to see a model new democracy, a self-supporting oil industry or a society in which the majority of people are free from serious security or economic challenges. Many blame the continuing violence and lack of infrastructure in Iraq on the U.S. occupation itself.
NEW* ROMNEY in Little Rock, AR: Mitt Romney is scheduled to meet with
business executives and others to discuss health-care options and
policies for companies and states as part of a series of meetings under
the auspices of the Republican Governors Association. [AP, 8/15/05]
ALLEN in Norfolk, VA: Senator Allen will have a joint brief from the
Hampton Roads Maritime Association-Virginia Port Authority-Virginia
International Terminals. [http://allen.senate.gov/listeningtour.htm]
ALLEN in Norfolk, VA: Senator Allen will speak and then hear from Rotary
Club members. [http://allen.senate.gov/listeningtour.htm]
Fresh Allegations of Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Emerge
Tuesday 16 August 2005
Former Iraqi prisoners claim in a BBC program to be broadcast today that British troops abused and humiliated them in the aftermath of the US-led invasion in March 2003.
The fresh allegations fuelled suspicion that the Army was following a policy of "systematic abuse and torture" when dealing with Iraqi detainees.
Two brothers, Marhab and As'ad Zaaj-al-Saghir, alleged they were beaten with sticks and denied water and sleep after being arrested in Basra, southern Iraq, following the invasion.
One said a soldier urinated on his head.
Dear DFA Organizer,
This email includes some important final suggestions for your congressional meeting this week. At the bottom, it includes information about how to report back the results of your meeting.
Primary Goals of the Meetings
1) To deliver DFA's petition calling on Congress to hold full hearings on the Downing Street Memos and whether the President misled us into war.
2) To ask your Congressperson to support Rep. Lee's Resolution of Inquiry (ROI). If passed, the ROI would require the White House and the State Department to "transmit all information relating to communication with officials of the United Kingdom between January 1, 2002, and October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq."
From Progressive Democrats of America
We have waited too long.
Peace talks now.
Bring them home safely and soon.
"For Mr. Bush, questions about an exit strategy in Iraq have become especially delicate as a crowd of anti-war protestors has expanded at the edge of his ranch, rallying around Cindy Sheehan, the California woman whose son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004." - New York Times, Aug. 12, 2005.
Like our friend Cindy Sheehan, we are tired of waiting for our troops to come home. Tired of the bloodshed, tired of tax dollar waste, tired of torture cover-ups, tired of contractor scandals, tired of deceit and fabrication. We are tired of elected officials with profiles in compromise rather than courage.
Melvin Phelps sent in this video (10 minutes long) from Crawford of Iraq War Veteran Spc. Fox, in uniform, laying out his opposition to the war, and describing his experiences in Iraq.
A right wing columnist is saying that Cindy is hurting the president too badly and that he should meet with her -- specifically that he should meet with her in a public forum with supporters of the war speaking as well.
But would he make it representative? Would he stand for including speakers against the war in proportion to the public's opposition to the war? Would he try to stage it so that he never had to speak directly with Cindy?
Just meet with her, W. Don't be afraid.
By Jason Dearen, STAFF WRITER
CRAWFORD, Texas — At 11 a.m. Monday, Cindy Sheehan's eyes drooped from lack of sleep, she spoke a little slower and her skin was reddened from more than a week in the intense summer sun.
Since deciding to unfold a lawn chair in a grassy roadside ditch near President Bush's ranch on Aug. 6, Sheehan has done nonstop media interviews, spoken at protest events and learned her husband, Patrick, — from whom she was separated — filed for divorce Friday. After a night of reflection, the Vacaville mother of four says she is going to take time to refocus her demonstration on more of the other families in "Camp Casey" who have lost their sons or daughters in the Iraq war.
By HEMA EASLEY
THE JOURNAL NEWS
When Len Tsou heard that the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq was holding a vigil outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, to protest the war, he felt compelled to join her.
Tsou, his wife, Nancy, and many members of the Rockland Coalition for Peace and Justice have been holding anti-war vigils in Nanuet every Saturday since November 2002. The idea that a woman had taken the fight to the president's doorsteps appealed to Tsou.
"I just told myself, 'I have to go. We should support her. It is a good cause'," said Tsou yesterday after returning from the vigil organized by Cindy Sheehan, the mother of 24-year-old Casey Sheehan, who was killed in an ambush in Baghdad in April 2004.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
When the three Army officers finally tracked Michelle DeFord down at her Colton home last September, she didn't believe their story: "I kept thinking to myself, while the soldiers were talking to me, 'They're going to straighten this out, I know it's a mistake, David calls home every Monday.' "
And his message was always the same. "He kept telling me he wasn't doing anything dangerous," DeFord said. "He kept telling me he was safe." That gunfire in the background? "That was just Iraqis celebrating another soccer victory."
Thus, when the Army said she had 24 hours to notify her family before her son's death became public, DeFord didn't reach for the phone: "I just kept thinking that I don't want to get everyone upset, because I know this is wrong."
Hudson Valley News
At least two residents of the Hudson Valley are either in Crawford, Texas or on their way down to join Cindy Sheehan, the woman who has set up “ Camp Casey
By Tom Hayden
TOM HAYDEN is a former state senator and the author of "Street Wars" (Dimensions, 2004).
August 16, 2005
PRESIDENT BUSH HAS so far fended off Cindy Sheehan, a grieving mother demanding to know the "noble purpose" of her son's death in Iraq. However, Bush has been forced to address the existence of the antiwar constituency for perhaps the first time, if only to distort and discredit its message of "troops out now." It is the right moment for the peace movement to turn its slogan into a strategy.
The rallying cry of "out now" expresses the belief that the Iraq war is not worth another minute in lost lives, lost honor, lost taxes, lost allies. But its very simplicity makes the demand easy to ignore or dismiss.
Cindy Sheehan has almost single-handedly launched an American anti-war movement. And in the process, she's exposed a president's feet of clay.
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By Joan Walsh
Aug. 16, 2005 | The smearing will continue, but it's already too late: Cindy Sheehan has launched an American antiwar movement. Maybe, as Matt Drudge blared over the weekend, she's said controversial things about Israel. Maybe the IRS will chase her for tax evasion, since she's reportedly announced that she won't pay taxes for 2004, the year her son Casey died in Iraq. Maybe her family has been shaken by her activism. Maybe the smears will even work, and cost Sheehan some of her mainstream political credibility. It doesn't matter: Someone else will take her place.
The Arizona Republic
Aug. 16, 2005 12:00 AM
A couple of vacations ago, President Bush sped from Crawford, Texas, back to Washington, D.C., at 2 a.m. to sign a bill overturning 20 state and federal court rulings in the case of Terri Schiavo, a brain-dead woman.
Now he can't take five minutes out of his five-week vacation to meet Cindy Sheehan, a living, breathing woman who simply wants to know why her son died.
What's up with that?
- Hugh Dunne, Phoenix
The Fox Valley Peace Coalition held the first rally in a year. The first year of the war we held one every Saturday at 11. We have also done candlelight vigils and are planning one when we hit 2,000 deceased. FOR (Fellowship of Reconciliation) also works with us. During the academic calendar we sponsor video/CD/DVD times and bring in speakers.
We had over 50 people in attendance at a downtown, peace corner, rally from 5-6 tonight. Public response was very favorable. 2 TV stations gave us good time, one actually at 3 different times.
The Post Crescent Newspaper had a short on Sunday and will follow up with a story and photo tomorrow.