Cindy Sheehan has riveted the nation's attention, but Bush is unlikely to reverse course. And Congress will not act unless we push them. Now is the moment to demand that every member of Congress support a Resolution of Inquiry into what the Bush Administration was saying about its justifications for war three years ago. Did Casey Sheehan die for a noble cause? Let the President show us what it was. Please read this letter from AfterDowningStreet member Mike Hersh:
Rep. Barbara Lee introduced a Resolution of Inquiry [H.Res. 375] to investigate Bush Administration deceit and wrongdoing leading up to the Iraq War. The After Downing Street Coaltion (www.afterdowningstreet.org) is working with Rep. Lee's office and others implementing an ongoing strategy to gain Congressional co-sponsors for this Resolution.
National Security Archive Update, August 17, 2005
State Department experts warned CENTCOM before Iraq war about lack of plans for post-war Iraq security
Planning for post-Saddam regime change began as early as October 2001
Washington, D.C., August 17, 2005: Newly declassified State Department documents show that government experts warned the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in early 2003 about "serious planning gaps for post-conflict public security and humanitarian assistance," well before Operation Iraqi Freedom began.
In a February 7, 2003, memo to Under Secretary of State Paula Dobriansky, three senior Department officials noted CENTCOM's "focus on its primary military objectives and its reluctance to take on 'policing' roles," but warned that "a failure to address short-term public security and humanitarian assistance concerns could result in serious human rights abuses which would undermine an otherwise successful military campaign, and our reputation internationally." The memo adds "We have raised these issues with top CENTCOM officials."
August 16, 2005
We are happy to announce that we will have two guest speakers at our monthly PDA Virginia meeting this Saturday:
Ven Neralla, Legislative Director for Rep. Barbara Lee of California. Lee introduced a resolution a week before the summer recess, which by law must be taken up and voted on, up or down, within 14 legislative days (meaning by Sept. 16), demanding from the Bush Administration all the documentation of interactions with the British government on matters concerning Iraq, during most of 2002, as a means of assessing the validity of the Downing Street documents. Pushing Congress members to support this Resolution of Inquiry is extremely important and should be a focus of all anti-war activities. It already has over 40 sponsors. Ven has agreed to talk to us about the state of play of this and other Congressional resolutions aimed at ending the US occupation of Iraq.
"You can support the troops but not the president."
--Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)
"Well, I just think it's a bad idea. What's going to happen is they're going to be over there for 10, 15, maybe 20 years."
--Joe Scarborough (R-FL)
"Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter have to give up their life?"
--Sean Hannity, Fox News, 4/6/99
"[The] President . . . is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation's armed forces about how long they will be away from home. These strikes do not make for a sound foreign policy."
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Dear MoveOn member,
Last September Melanie House of Simi Valley, California was the proud wife of Petty Officer 3rd Class John House, who was deployed to Iraq as a Navy medical corpsman. Eight months ago, on January 26, she became a widow at age 27 when John House died in Iraq. This week, after hearing the story of Cindy Sheehan, Melanie signed up to organize one of 1,400 vigils scheduled for tonight to honor her husband and the sacrifices of all who have died in Iraq.
Tonight at 7:30, thousands of us will gather solemnly to express our concern about the war. You can find a Vigil for Cindy Sheehan (and Melanie and all military families) near you by clicking on the link below.
As one of the coordinators of tonight's vigil in front of the White House, I have been busy collecting candles and making signs for the past few days.
This morning, Bill Plante, from CBS News, came to my house and filmed several of us making signs. He talked with us about Cindy Sheehan and tonight's vigils.
We told him we were Moms and teachers and activists and were standing with Cindy because her message is simple and clear: TELL US THE TRUTH.
Our children are being sent to fight a war based on lies; they are being killed and they are killing innocent people. George Bush needs to address us--he works for us. The will of the people is clear.
Antiwar Protester Vows to Continue Vigil Despite Vandalism at Texas Site
By Elisabeth Bumiller
The New York Times
Wednesday 17 August 2005
Crawford, Tex. - Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq who has set up a vigil near President Bush's ranch, said Tuesday that she was "very disturbed" that a local resident had mowed down hundreds of small crosses bearing the names of other dead American soldiers, and that her now 10-day protest was "only the beginning" of what she described as a growing national movement to bring all American men and women home from the war.
08.17.2005 Steve Cobble
No wonder Rush is telling lies about Cindy--her vigil has helped drop George W. Custer's job approval ratings 5% this week!
According to Rasmussen's daily tracking poll, W's job ratings have gone from 48% approval/50% disapproval (8/10), down to 43% approval/55% disapproval (8/17).
A downward swing of 10% in one week.
At one of my favorite web sites, Chris Bowers has been analyzing the Rasmussen ratings to try to figure out if W's going to drop down below 40% pretty soon.
The oil man's numbers are pretty lame. Only 21% of adults "strongly approve" of the job he's doing; a record 55% disapprove, including 41% who "strongly disapprove" (twice the "strongly approve" number).
August 17, 2005
This article is adapted from Norman Solomon’s new book, War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. For information, go to: www.WarMadeEasy.com
The surge of antiwar voices in U.S. media this month has coincided with new lows in public approval for what pollsters call President Bush’s “handling
~ for cindy ~
From Sgt. Kevin Benderman – Prisoner of Conscience for objecting to war
“I have come to the conclusion that the Creator does not want us to fight wars or to leave our brothers to die in hunger or disease. We have been given the things we need to provide all men on the planet with what they need to get by in this world. Why should I not help another human being that needs what I can help them with? I have ignored that for far too long. I have turned my head when the homeless person asks for a little help. I have taken advantage of others when I should have been offering a hand up. I have done things in my life that I am not proud of. I have not lived a perfect life so I will not tell anyone else how to live theirs. I have learned that I have done things that are not to the benefit of mankind, and to continue in that vein would be detrimental to my growth as a human being.
Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) and Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) will be issuing a formal request for an immediate investigation with the US Inspector General's office into John Ashcroft - former US Attorney General, Raw Story has learned.
The request - released to Raw Story - cites conflict of interest on the part of Ashcroft in his failure to promptly recuse himself during the initial investigation into the outing of CIA agent Valerie Wilson. Ashcroft was US Attorney General at the time.
The CIA filed charges with the FBI and Justice after columnist Robert Novak made Wilson's identity public in July of 2003. It has since been learned, as part of a case currently in front of a grand jury, that Karl Rove - Senior Advisor to President Bush, was the source for several reporters on the Wilson story.
War protesters near Bush ranch moving to neighbor's property
By Angela K. Brown
CRAWFORD, Texas – Dozens of war protesters camping in roadside ditches near President Bush's ranch have accepted a neighbor's offer to stay on his property.
Fred Mattlage, an Army veteran, offered the use of his corner 1-acre lot, saying he sympathizes with those participating in the vigil started Aug. 6 by Cindy Sheehan, who lost her 24-year-old son in Iraq last year.
Sheehan, of Vacaville, Calif., has vowed to remain through Bush's monthlong ranch vacation unless he meets with her and other grieving families. Her makeshift camp off the winding, two-lane road leading to Bush's ranch has angered most residents.
What Bush needs to tell Cindy Sheehan
By Trudy Rubin
Cindy Sheehan is right to be furious.
Camped out in Crawford, Texas, with several other mothers who lost sons in Iraq, Sheehan wants to meet President Bush. She says: ``Our sons made the ultimate sacrifice, and we want answers.''
I understand why Bush doesn't want to meet Sheehan. She wants him to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq. But the president can't pull the troops out. He can't even make the substantial reductions that some of his top brass are predicting for early next year. If he does, he risks disaster for Iraqis while boosting the cause of jihadist terrorists.
Anti-war protester Sheehan to move campsite
By Caren Bohan
CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, said on Tuesday she is moving her camp closer to President George W. Bush's Texas ranch after being offered the use of a piece of land by a supporter.
The private property was offered by a military veteran who is a distant relative of a man who had fired a shotgun in frustration over her vigil, which has been a growing source of tension in the community.
Sheehan said the hundreds of white crosses put up at her current camp to honour soldiers killed in Iraq would not be moved when she relocates. The crosses were the target of a vandal on Monday night and Sheehan said a small number of people will stay at the original site to watch over them.
Sheehan offered a new camp as tensions with locals grow
She'll relocate closer to Bush, but her memorial will stay put — after damage is repaired
By JULIE MASON
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle
J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press
REBUILDING THE MEMORIAL: War protesters near President Bush's ranch make new crosses honoring troops killed in Iraq after the ones planted there were run over by a pickup truck Tuesday.
CRAWFORD - Tensions with local residents are rising, her anti-war vigil is still capturing international attention, and now Cindy Sheehan is moving her protest closer to President Bush's ranch — thanks to what appears to be a clash of attitudes among property-owning relatives.
Cindy Sheehan's protest has become a lightning rod for debate
More than 1,000 anti-war vigils are to take place around the United States in support of a bereaved mother protesting outside President Bush's Texas ranch.
Cindy Sheehan, 48, has become a focus for anti-war sentiment since her protest began in Crawford 10 days ago.
But the vigils come amid growing tension between dozens of activists and locals who object to the disruption.
Ms Sheehan's camp is moving to land nearer the ranch after an offer by one of Mr Bush's neighbours.
She has vowed to stay put during the president's month-long holiday at his ranch until he agrees to meet her.
By Carol Jorgensen
Getting good media coverage of vigils Sat. and Mon. by local IA group and individuals
and FOX, ABC, and NBC local news. Another tonight (candlellight) organized by MOVEON.ORG. See David Dixon's postings.
It is a pleasure as a mother and VietNam generation peace advocate (Another Mother for Peace) to support this brave woman!!
by Thomas C
WaPo: "Conservative commentators and Web sites are taking aim at Sheehan with the same ferocity she has aimed at President Bush."
Wow. The Post lumps together the vicious slanders of Malkin et al with Cindy's demand to meet with bush. The "same ferocity"?
WaPo: "Some independent commentators said the pushback on the right has succeeded at scuffing the public sympathy and deference she had earned as the mother of a fallen soldier..."
Some "independent commentators" - unnamed, unquoted, and independence unquestioned.
Thomas C's diary :: ::
WaPo: "The scrutiny that has accompanied Sheehan's quick rise to prominence has extended to her family. Several in-laws have publicly criticized her protest -- announcing their displeasure in a release to the Drudge Report."
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
It is now August 17th; we have TWO WEEKS left here at Camp Casey, and the momentum is growing by the minute! The next few days promise to be intense, both here in Crawford and around the country and the globe. Want to know what will be going on? Here are some events scheduled for the next few days:
Today (Wednesday) is going to be very special, as many of you already know. Move On, along with True Majority and Democracy for America, is helping coordinate candlelight vigils at 7:30 p.m. tonight across the country to support Cindy and call for an end to the war. So far, there are at least 1,380 vigils scheduled with over 35,000 people attending. This is the largest event Move On has ever organized! Haven't signed up yet? Go for it now at www.moveon.org. If you can't find a vigil in your area, we here at Camp Casey encourage you to start one in your own hometown by registering at the same website. Even if you're the only one who holds vigil, remember that Cindy was once standing all alone, too. And just look at the numbers who have joined her since.
Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I have helped widen Cindy's exposure internationally.
EL País, Madrid's equivalent to the NYT, published my letter about Cindy and the growing protest in Crawford. What follows is the original letter in Spanish, and my translation.
Thanks for your work and commitment.
CARTAS AL DIRECTOR
George Henson - Dallas, Tejas, EE UU
Here's a huge collection. Pick your favorite and send it to a friend:
has been interviewing people today who are making signs for vigils. Don't watch it. Tape it, and watch it after your vigil!
Brattleboro Reformer (Vermont)
He's had time to go fishing.
He's had time to go on a two-hour bike ride.
He's had time to watch a Little League baseball game.
He's had time to take naps, catch up on his reading and go to Republican fund-raisers.
What President Bush hasn't had time for this month is a meeting with the grieving mother of a soldier killed in Iraq.
Bush was asked by reporters over the weekend why he had time for bike rides and fund-raisers but no time to meet with Cindy Sheehan, the California mother who has been camped outside the gates of Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, since Aug. 6.
By Elizabeth Edwards, AlterNet
Posted on August 17, 2005, Printed on August 17, 2005
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.