Cindy Sheehan Confronts Judith Miller's War

by Ahmed Amr
(Sunday August 14 2005)
Media Monitors Network

"Cindy has drawn a line in the sand for George Bush. In doing so, she has energized tens of thousands of peace activists and tens of millions of Americans. By now, it should be clear that Sheehan is speaking for the silent majority of Americans who want some straight answers from Bush instead of bumper sticker slogans."

This war can best be told by narrating the stories of two women. One woman played an instrumental role in launching the invasion of Iraq and the other is determined to end the occupation and bring the troops home. One woman wants to shed light on the lies that led to war and the other is willing to hide in jail to avoid telling the truth about her role in this catastrophe.

FUNERAL FOR 21-YEAR-OLD LEXINGTONIAN

Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky)
FAMILY PUTS ASIDE POLITICS IN REMEMBERING COMLEY
By Andy Mead
HERALD-LEADER STAFF WRITER

One by one, Marines in dress uniforms stepped forward yesterday to give a final, formal, white-gloved salute to Lance Cpl. Chase Johnson Comley.

The Marines' Hymn played softly as his flag-draped coffin was slowly taken from Calvary Baptist Church for a military burial at Lexington Cemetery. Comley, a driver for an amphibious assault vehicle battalion, was killed by a suicide bomber last weekend while conducting combat operations near Amiriyah, Iraq.

The funeral was a variation of a ceremony that has been repeated somewhere in the state at least 28 times since the Iraq war began.

Standoff in Crawford

From TomPaine.com

It seems that Cindy Sheehan's protest is getting more mainstream media attention every day. A story about her vigil landed above the fold in The Washington Post on Saturday. Joe Biden was asked about Sheehan on Meet The Press yesterday. And the media covered President Bush's bike-riding snub of Sheehan. Our fearful leader—who has said he doesn't have time to meet with Sheehan—explained his decision to take a two-hour bike ride as an example of how he is merely trying to "go on" with his life. Sheehan, meanwhile, manages to "go on" with her life, too. She writes a surprisingly uplifting blog entry on HuffingtonPost about the weekend's events:

Belonging and Becoming

The Challenges We Face
by Robert Jensen
August 15, 2005

[Remarks to an interfaith service at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX, August 14, 2005]

We gather here this afternoon, challenged by Cindy Sheehan's courage. Out of her struggle to come to terms with the ultimate loss has come a moment for all of us to commit ourselves to peace, and to the actions necessary to bring peace to the world.

There is another opportunity that arises out of Ms. Sheehan's vigil, a struggle that takes us beyond that ultimate loss. Though I am not of the church, I will borrow its language: It is the struggle to reconcile that we are spirit living in flesh.

Cindy Sheehan's Fellowship Of Grief

TomPaine.com
Celeste Zappala and Dante Zappala
August 15, 2005

Celeste Zappala is the mother of Sgt. Sherwood Baker, who was killed in Iraq in 2004. Dante Zappala is the brother of Sgt. Sherwood Baker. This piece originally appeared the The Philadelphia Inquirer.

_________________

We are in Crawford, Texas. We are sunk down into the soil of our country, digging in for a few days near the president's ranch. Our friend Cindy Sheehan has been entrenched here for a week, demanding a meeting with the president.

We've come to speak up for a man who is now forever silent. Sgt. Sherwood Baker, our Sher, was a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard. He was killed in Baghdad last year. He was on duty for the Iraq Survey Group. He was looking for weapons of mass destruction.

King and Subject

The drama of King George and Cindy is now a week old. Cindy Sheehan is patiently waiting for an audience with the ruler who sent her son to be killed in an unjust, illegal war.
by Carol Wolman
http://www.opednews.com

The drama of King George and Cindy is now a week old. Cindy Sheehan is patiently waiting for an audience with the ruler who sent her son to be killed in an unjust, illegal war. Bush, in his arrogance, does not feel that he has to meet with her, and has not. She sits in the hot Texas sun as his motorcade passes by, and asks why the donors of money are more important than she, who donated her son to his cruel cause.

Bush Too Busy to Meet With Cindy

Bike Riding With Bush Gives White House Reporters New Perspective on President

By E&P Staff

Published: August 15, 2005 10:32 AM ET

NEW YORK Surely the comic highlight of President George W. Bush's mountain bike ride with seven journalists at his ranch this weekend occurred when USA Today writer Sal Ruibal stopped at a tree and urinated.

"Ruibal, don't worry,

Cindy Sheehan and a Grass Roots Movement

Cindy Sheehan and other military families, veterans, and concerned citizens have brought the issue of the lies that launched this war to Crawford, Texas, and to the corporate media.

Cindy's New Site With a Video Message:
http://www.meetwithcindy.org

Latest News from Crawford (354 articles posted):
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=taxonomy/term/13

Here are some things that you can do to help:

Candlelight Vigils
Join with MoveOn, True Majority, and Democracy for America in organizing or attending a Vigil for Cindy Sheehan in your town on Wednesday, August 17, 2005, at 7:30 p.m.
http://www.moveonpac.org/event/cindyvigils/

Other Meet-With-Cindy Events
Plan your own event at a time and place and description of your choosing using this new MeetWithCindy.org events system.
Create an Event:
http://tinyurl.com/9otjy
Search Existing Events:
http://tinyurl.com/7f73z
Some groups around the country have already held press conferences or rallies, or staged send-offs for people headed to Crawford, or set up Camp Caseys in solidarity with the one in Crawford, or held protests at media outlets to demand coverage. Send us a report on what you do, and we'll post it on the website.
david@davidswanson.org

War moms, beware: Don't criticize the president

From an article on MediaMatters.org:

With her vigil outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, gaining more and more attention, Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq, has become the latest target of the right wing.

How did that happen? It started with Matt Drudge, who posted an item on his website on August 8, charging that Sheehan "dramatically changed her account" of a meeting she had with Bush in June 2004. How so? Drudge took quotes from an article in her local paper out of context to claim that she initially was happy with her meeting with Bush but is now critical of the president.

Cindy's Victory

By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Monday 15 August 2005

This thing, the wheels are coming off it.
- Gen. Barry McCaffrey, after returning from an inspection of Iraq, 08/12/2005.

They are sunburned and storm-lashed. They sleep in tents that sit along the muddy earth of drainage ditches by the side of the road. They have been heckled by "counter-demonstrators" who chanted "We don't care!" during a rendition of "God Bless America." They have been attacked by fire ants and hassled by local health inspectors. On Thursday morning, at about 5:30am, they were blasted awake by a fourteen-car convoy of Secret Service SUVs which roared through the camp at high speed while leaning on their horns the whole time.

Leave my family alone

by Cindy Sheehan on DailyKos
Mon Aug 15th, 2005 at 01:44:40 PDT

I apparently am the sacrificial lamb of the peace movement. I don't care about myself. Putting myself in the forefront and daring to challenge the president on his lies left myself open to the attacks. Which are, of course, half truths and distortions.

When they start sliming my home life and my family, that's where I draw the line. Yes, my husband has filed for divorce and yes he filed before I left for the VFP Convention and this trip to Crawford and yes IT IS BETWEEN MY HUSBAND AND I.

Having Casey murdered in Iraq by George Bush's reckless policies has been hard enough on my family, but me setting off on my holy war to bring the troops home, my constant absences, and all of the media attention has put additional stresses on my family.

Cindy Sheehan: Rosa Parks or Jane Fonda?

By Robert Freeman
Published on Sunday, August 14, 2005 by CommonDreams.org

Is Cindy Sheehan the Rosa Parks or the Jane Fonda of the War in Iraq? Is she the lonely sentinel, standing righteously against injustice? Or a self-centered publicity seeker, endangering American soldiers in the War?

The question is something of a political Rorschach test, telling us more about ourselves and our appraisal of America's wars than about Sheehan. But asking it and understanding the issues behind the question might help us find a solution to the illegitimate and failed War.

Sometimes, One Woman is All it Takes

By David Rossie
Published on Sunday, August 14, 2005 by the Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, New York)

Someday, when the account of this sorry period in American history is recorded, Cindy Sheehan may be recalled in the same way we recall that lonely Chinese man who stood before a tank near Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989.

We do not know what happened to that brave man. He may have been among the 10,000 or so dissidents arrested in the wake of the demonstrations, and he may even have been one of those executed.

This is not meant to diminish his courageous act. Nor is it meant to exaggerate the significance of Mrs. Sheehan's effort to confront George Bush over the war that his handlers have led us into. No one is about to cart her off to prison or a firing squad.

Crawford Update

From the Crawford Update Blog

Monday, August 15, 2005

Getting Around in Crawford

So the Crawford Peace House is about a 3 mile hike from Camp Casey. It's serving as the HQ for most of the activity and planning. One of the major hurdles here in is parking. There isn't alot of it and most of it is illegal. Though we do have an excellent group of volunteers who are working to "coordinate vehicular movement," according to one woman. Most of that involves yelling out, "If yer drivin a white Dodge Stratus with Texas plates yer 'bout to git towed! Better get on your horse before you git a ticket." Ok...the emphasis was mostly me but I do have a thing for a good strong Texas accent. It looks like more and more folks are sharing rides (and they'll be a rideshare message board on the Meet With Cindy website in a few days I believe) or packing rental vans to get out here.

AP Article from Crawford

By ANGELA K. BROWN
The Associated Press
Sunday, August 14, 2005; 10:57 PM

CRAWFORD, Texas -- Undaunted by counter rallies and even a neighbor's gunshot blasts into the air, a woman whose son died in Iraq said Sunday that she will continue her anti-war demonstration near President Bush's ranch for three more weeks.

"We can't give up, no matter hard it gets," said Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville, Calif. She started the protest Aug. 6 in memory of her 24-year-old son Casey, an Army specialist killed in Iraq last year.

Her makeshift campsite along the road leading to the Western White House has grown to more than 100, and hundreds more have stopped by for a few hours to show their support. Sheehan says she won't leave "Camp Casey" until Bush meets with her and other grieving families or until his monthlong ranch visit ends.

Antiwar sentiment gets champion

Christian Science Monitor
from the August 15, 2005 edition
Cindy Sheehan's vigil outside Bush's Texas ranch brings focus to a protest movement that's been largely unseen and ineffective.
By Brad Knickerbocker and Kris Axtman | Staff writers of The Christian Science Monitor

ASHLAND, ORE., AND CRAWFORD, TEXAS - In her high-profile vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch, Cindy Sheehan has brought the face and the heart of the antiwar movement to the world.

The plain-spoken words and image of a mother carrying a wooden cross to commemorate the son she lost in Iraq have suddenly brought focus to what has been largely an unseen and ineffective protest movement in the US.

Dead soldier's mom brings anti-war protest to Bush

14 Aug 2005 20:27:00 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Tabassum Zakaria

CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug 14 (Reuters) - The mother of a dead American soldier who brought the anti-war movement into President George W. Bush's backyard has become a symbol for those who want U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq.

Cindy Sheehan, whose 24-year-old son Casey was killed in Iraq in April 2004, has pitched a tent on the side of a country road that leads to the president's ranch and refuses to go away until he speaks to her.

She has grabbed the national spotlight and developed an almost cult-like following, drawing supporters to this Texas town, which has a population of 705.

Writings from a new kind of base: an update from Camp Casey

By Tim Goodrich
U.S. Tour of Duty
August 14, 2005

Since today was Sunday, I¹m going to take this time to talk about religion. Although I¹m not typically a religious individual, the prayer service that we had at Camp Casey today was nice. There were a number of reverends there representing their different faiths. Prayers were said, bread was broken, and tears were shed.

I find it interesting the way religion has come to be twisted in American society. Instead of being an institute of peace, there are too many congregations across the United States that support the illegal occupation of Iraq. The last time I looked, the Ten Commandments said, "Thou shall not kill." They don¹t say, "Thou shall not kill, except when another country needs oil or strategic military control." And it¹s not that I¹ve forgotten the Ten Commandments, either. In fact, I looked at them today as we passed the Bush store at the main intersection in Crawford. They have an overly large display in the front of the store consisting of the Ten Commandments with a fake Liberty Bell in the middle. I would think that with this display being so prominent, Bush would know better.

Thirteen New Toons

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Hope

By CindySheehan
DailyKos
Day 9

The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford

The ninth day ended in the most awesome way. We were out at Camp Casey and it was sprinkling a little bit and it really looked like the rain was going to start pouring down anytime. We looked over into the next cow pasture and there was a full rainbow. If that wasn't a sign from the universe than I don't know what is.

I was being interviewed by Alex Jones and he asked me what I thought the rainbow signified. I told Alex that I was positive that it means we are going to be victorious. Rainbows are supposedley God's sign of hope. When Casey was killed on 04/04/04, I thought that all of my hope was killed, too. Being involved in the peaceful occupation of Crawford and meeting hundreds of people from all over the world who are willing to put their money where their mouths are has given me so much hope for the future. We won't let George Bush and his evil neocon cabal ruin our world anymore. John Lennon sang: "Power to the people." We are the people and we have the power.

Pilgrims of Protest in Crawford

"Today is kind of a blur to me."--Cindy Sheehan
Pilgrims of Protest in Crawford: A People's History of Aug. 11, Part Three
By Greg Moses

Penny strides into the front lawn of the Crawford Peace House talking about that time up in Racine five weeks before the alleged re-election when she stood along the street with firemen and everybody, and flipped the President the bird. "Thank you," is what Penny recalls the President saying to her. "God, what a weak man!"

Like Cindy Sheehan, Penny is motivated by the death of her son, but Penny's son was not killed in an overseas war. He lost his life to the politics of health care funding in Texas. "I'm only the Governor," is how Penny recalls Bush's response when she asked him to help restore a sudden cut in funding to the cancer research trial in Arlington, Texas that was doing good things for her son. "My son died because that treatment was delayed," says Penny. And that's one reason why she flipped the President the bird.

Bush will "go on with life"

Defends refusal to meet protester
Sunday, August 14, 2005
KEN HERMAN
Cox News Service

CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush, noting that lots of people want to talk to the president and "it's also important for me to go on with my life," on Saturday defended his decision not to meet with the grieving mom of a soldier killed in Iraq.

Bush said he is aware of the anti-war sentiments of Cindy Sheehan and others who have joined her protest near the Bush ranch.

"But whether it be here or in Washington or anywhere else, there's somebody who has got something to say to the president, that's part of the job," Bush said on the ranch. "And I think it's important for me to be thoughtful and sensitive to those who have got something to say."

A Mother Grieves

The Bahama Journal
15th August
Editor

Cindy Sheehan’s son was a soldier. The name of the dead soldier is Casey Sheehan. Today his mother, father and other neighbours, family and friends mourn his furious passage to the exit. And as they grieve, the whole world now watches as another drama plays out in Crawford, Texas, home to President George W. Bush’s ranch.

This drama involves-among other interested parties- Cindy Sheehan, the dead soldier’s mother and others who have experienced similar war-related losses. Highest on their list of priorities is their stated desire to find out from president Bush why their loved ones are being called upon to pay the ultimate price in a struggle that has come to epitomize the essence of blunder and failure.

Shots fired near Bush protesters

The Daily Telegraph (Australia)
August 15, 2005

A FRUSTRATED local farmer fired shots into the air today near hundreds of protesters who began their second week of demonstrations against the Iraq war outside US President George W Bush's ranch.

Larry Mattlage, who lives next to the Bush ranch where the president is spending a five week vacation, complained about the 200 protesters, media and government security officials occupying the road outside his own residence after firing a rifle into the air several times.

"Five weeks of this is too much. We live here, this is our community," Mattlage said in footage shown by CNN television, while insisting the gunshots were just him "getting ready for dove season".

A Mother And the President

A woman lost her son in Iraq and won't leave George W. Bush alone until he sees her. Who is she, and why is she stirring such emotion?

TIME
BY AMANDA RIPLEY IN CRAWFORD

Posted Sunday, Aug. 14, 2005

Cindy Sheehan, 48, is not a natural-born revolutionary. She speaks in a high, almost childlike voice. She says like as often as any teenager, as in, "This whole thing was like so freaking spur of the moment." When her supporters gather to discuss strategy, Sheehan is not to be found in the circle of beach chairs; she is 50 yards up the road, doing yet another interview, hugging yet another stranger. But here she is, the mother of Casey, 24, who died in Iraq last year, and now the central character in the strange, swirling protest she initiated two miles down the road from President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Hub protesters stand with Sheehan

By O’Ryan Johnson
Sunday, August 14, 2005 - Updated: 10:27 AM EST
Boston Herald

We're here for Cindy.

That was the message yesterday as about 150 protesters gathered on the Boston Common in a show of solidarity with Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a dead Marine. Sheehan is camped outside of President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, waiting for the commander-in-chief to explain to her in person why her son was killed.

``Mr. Bush can't hide forever,'' said Rose Gonzalez, whose own mother is serving with a National Guard unit north of Baghdad.

Protesters wore stickers that featured a picture of Sheehan over the words, ``I support Cindy.''

OPERATION NOBLE CAUSE

OPERATION NOBLE CAUSE

SITUATION:

August 6, 2005 George W. Bush told the world that the parents of fallen heroes in Iraq could rest assured their lived ones died for a noble cause. Gold Star Families for Peace founder, Cindy Sheehan traveled to Crawford, Texas to ask the president what "noble cause" our fallen soldiers died for. Bush has refused to meet and Cindy has refused to leave. Since August 6, 2005 Operation Noble Cause has grown from a one woman operation to a massive campaign involving more than seven hundred people.

MISSION:

Operation Noble Cause (Expeditionary): Iraq Veterans are encouraged to volunteer for service in Crawford, TX for a period of three to five days. Airfare, campsite, and rations will be provided.

Why mothers push for peace

By Kathryn Westcott
BBC News

Cindy Sheehan has swiftly become a media star after setting up a "peace camp" outside US President George W Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Ms Sheehan, whose 24-year-old son Casey was killed in Iraq last year, has vowed to remain for the duration of his holiday, or until he consents to talk to her.

Ms Sheehan is campaigning for the US to withdraw its troops from Iraq, where American casualties are rising towards the 2,000 mark.

Many of the supporters who have joined her sport shirts that say: "Talk to Cindy.

And while Mr Bush has declined to speak to her, he has been unable to ignore her.

Mr. President, can we talk about the war too?

by Clarence Page
Chicago Tribune
Published August 14, 2005

Cindy Sheehan's vigil raises uncomfortable questions for Bush

WASHINGTON -- I sympathize with Cindy Sheehan, the California woman who wants to talk to President Bush about her son Casey, who was killed in Iraq. I also sympathize with President Bush. It can't be easy to look as confident as he usually does while he's trying to get his country out of a bigger mess than he expected to get it into.

It is August, normally a no-news time in which the president can roll up his shirtsleeves and clear brush around his Crawford, Texas, ranch while news cameras click and roll and his approval ratings soar. It is interesting how presidential approvals tend to ascend in August, regardless of which party happens to be in power. The American people, in accord with Thomas Jefferson, seem to appreciate government the most when it is governing the least.

Great Graphic Poster - If this helps Cindy, please use it.

by NewCon06 at Daily Kos
Sun Aug 14th, 2005 at 19:05:46 PDT

I wish I could be there to support Cindy and our country's cause, but I can't afford the trip. I don't feel helpless though.

I'm a Graphic Designer that's pissed off at this coward of a leader we have and I want to help Cindy Sheehan get an answer for the loss of her son.

If this helps, please use it. It's a 24"x18" poster that can be downloaded from anywhere and printed at Kinko's as a poster for support Cindy rallies everywhere.

Please link here to see poster

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