Bush determined to weather gathering storm

Sydney Morning Herald
By Michael Gawenda Herald Correspondent in Washington
August 13, 2005

Cold comfort … Cindy Sheehan is comforted by Bill Mitchell, whose son Mike was also killed in Iraq.
Photo: Reuters

Camped along the side of the road that leads to the Bush ranch near the town of Crawford, Texas, Cindy Sheehan has become the focus of a growing sentiment in the US - that the war in Iraq is unwinnable and that the only way to end the mounting toll of US deaths is to start withdrawing American troops.

Ms Sheehan began her vigil last Saturday when George Bush arrived at the ranch for a five-week stay - billed as a holiday by his opponents, although Mr Bush is doing more than just clearing scrub in the 40 degree Texas heat.

A president hiding from parents' wrath

By Maureen Dowd
August 13, 2005

Parents of those who have died in Iraq have total moral authority.

There's an angry mother of a dead soldier camping outside his Crawford ranch, demanding to see a President who prefers his sympathy to be carefully choreographed.

A new CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll shows that a majority of Americans now think that going to war was a mistake and that the war has made the United States more vulnerable to terrorism. So fighting them there means it's more likely we'll have to fight them here?

Donald Rumsfeld acknowledged this week that sophisticated bombs were streaming over the border from Iran to Iraq.

Mum's war protest tears at Bush's door

Daily Telegraph
August 13, 2005

FORT WORTH: George W. Bush could no longer ignore the grieving, angry mother camped outside his Texas ranch yesterday.

Californian Cindy Sheehan set up her tent beside the road leading to Mr Bush's ranch last week, demanding to talk to the President about her son's death in Iraq.

She has endured blistering heat, drenching rains, an earth-shaking thunderstorm and an army of fire ants. But she's also set off a storm of her own.

With the death toll in Iraq mounting, her efforts to shame the President have won praise from the Left, condemnation from the Right and divided her family.

Soldier's mother keeps vigil outside Bush ranch

CBC News

The mother of a U.S. soldier slain in Iraq continued to stand vigil Friday outside U.S. President George W. Bush's ranch in Texas, waiting – with a growing number of anti-war protesters – for a face-to-face meeting to air her grievances.

Cindy Sheehan has been camped out on the road outside Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, since last Saturday.

Her son, Casey, was killed last year in Iraq just five days after arriving for duty there. He was 24 years old.

Sheehan, who's from California, wants the U.S. to pull out of Iraq.

"All we're asking is that he sacrifice an hour out of his five-week vacation to talk to us, before the next mother loses her son in Iraq," she told reporters.

Mother of slain soldier in Crawford draws international attention

By Thaddeus DeJesus,
Waco Tribune-Herald staff writer
Thursday, August 11, 2005

CRAWFORD – From 5 a.m. to midnight over the last few days, Cindy Sheehan has donned a headset amid the Central Texas prairie to speak to reporters from New York to New Zealand.

“We've got to find a way to stop them from calling,

Mother Begs for End to Killing

Published on Friday, August 12, 2005 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlantan: 'It's too late for my son'

by Anna Varela

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.

In Iraq, hope should spring internal

By Michael Zweig

The path to stability and reconstruction in Iraq must first and foremost be a political process in the hands of the Iraqis themselves. It cannot be imposed by an outside power through military might.

Americans seeking an exit strategy from Iraq would do well to advocate strengthening institutions of Iraqi civil society, including trade unions, as vehicles to organize the Iraqi people and allow them to shape their future.

When we think about what is going on in Iraq, it's easy to imagine the society divided between two forces: on the one hand, suicide bombers and mysterious insurgents pushing toward civil war; on the other, the U.S. military striving to hold things together while promoting democracy. Some Americans originally opposed to the war now feel worried about calling for an end to the occupation, fearing "the terrorists will win," with disastrous results for the Iraqi people and our own safety.

A Crawford Peace House Morning

A Crawford Peace House Morning

By Greg Moses

CAMP CASEY, TX (Aug 11) Thursday is only a few minutes young, but Cindy Sheehan is already running late. Rumors are percolating that police will swoop into Camp Casey at midnight to arrest everyone, and she dare not be late for a date like that. So she says, "I really have to go now," and takes her leave from the soft light and murmur of the Crawford Peace House lawn. Before she goes however she does have time to say that her fever is getting a little better.

Camp Casey Chico

Hey y'all, This is what we are doing in Chico, CA. Would be very cool to see little Camp Caseys spring up across the country. In peace and solidarity, Sue

Camp Casey Chico is Erected at (Location) in Solidarity with Cindy Sheehan

Who Stands Vigil in Crawford, Texas

CHICO, CALIFORNIA, August 12, 2005 – The Camp Casey Coalition (CCC) constructed a “sister

Video: Mother of fallen soldier asks questions of President Bush

Video at link. 60-second ad spot running on Crawford cable TV.


Video: Mother of fallen soldier asks questions of President Bush
John Byrne

Note: This movie file is currently huge. We're working to get it downto a more manageable size.

The above ad, paid for by Gold Star Families for Peace, will air onCrawford cable channels near Bush's ranch. The total ad buy is currently $15,000. The group plans to air the ad throughout August andwherever Bush visits during his vacation.


At the beginning of the Democracy Cell Project, we discussed the necessity of focusing on a limited number of issues, lest we become another news site, racing to get the first word out there. One of the issues we recognized as critical to restoring democracy was media reform. But it’s hard to reform institutions from the outside. So we reminded ourselves of the words of one the more famous Kerry-Edwards bloggers, Wild Salmon, who kept telling us to BE THE MEDIA.

The entire blogosphere has taken up the mantle, and now we see the mainstream media catching up, finally—after over a week of blog coverage—noticing the small woman sitting on a roadside in Texas.

The Murder of Casey Sheehan

By Marjorie Cohn
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Friday 12 August 2005

For seven days, Cindy Sheehan has been camped down the road from George Bush's Crawford ranch where the President is on a five-week vacation. Cindy says she will never enjoy a vacation again. Her heart is broken. Her precious son Casey was murdered in George Bush's war on Iraq.

Cindy Sheehan is a patient woman. She will wait until Bush comes out and talks to her. She will wait until the man who ordered the invasion of a country that posed no threat to us explains why Casey did not die in vain.

Bush ducks mother of dead soldier

Approval of Mr. Bush's handling of the conflict has dropped to as little as 34 per cent of people surveyed, according to a recent poll conducted for Newsweek magazine.

President using helicopter to enter, leave Texas ranch to avoid confrontation
Friday, August 12, 2005 Updated at 3:45 AM EDT
The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Washington — As the Iraq war continues to produce growing U.S. casualties and shrinking public support, President George W. Bush was forced yesterday to confront the protest of a grieving mother of a soldier killed in the war. But he still won't meet her.

Cindy Quote of the Day

"George Bush says I have his sympathy. I don't want his sympathy. I want

- Cindy Sheehan, on Democracy Now! today.

Eli Stephens
Left I on the News


Mother's Texas vigil draws support

Pioneer Press (Minnesota)
Associated Press

CRAWFORD, Texas — Cindy Sheehan's eyes well with tears when she talks about her oldest son, Casey, an easygoing young man with a quiet wit.

Casey joined the Army in 2000, never imagining he would see combat. Five days after he arrived in Iraq last year, the 24-year-old was killed in Sadr City.

Sheehan, 48, knows nothing can bring back her son, but she wants to talk to President Bush. The Vacaville, Calif., mother has been camping out along a road near his ranch since Saturday, vowing to remain until his Texas vacation ends later this month.

The Crawford vigil

The president should do what one grieving mother asks of him

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (New York)

(August 12, 2005) — The president should see Cindy Sheehan. He should drive out where the grieving mother of a dead American soldier is encamped, bring her a cold bottle of pop, give her the kind of hug he's given other moms and dads who have lost children to the Iraq war, and talk.

That's often all that people in mourning want to do. They don't want so much to blame or excoriate or flail in anger — though Cindy Sheehan no doubt harbors emotions of this kind — but to talk to someone they know is listening. President Bush is pretty good at listening; politicians don't get elected president twice without some skills in that area. That's what he should do for Cindy Sheehan.

War mothers, Bush are worlds apart

Published: Friday, August 12, 2005
By Nedra Pickler
The Associated Press

CRAWFORD, Texas -- They were just a few miles away from each other Thursday, standing under a hot midday sun to express their concern about U.S. troops dying in Iraq. But President Bush and the grieving mother outside his ranch were worlds apart on how best to honor the dead.

Bush said the United States must finish the job of bringing a stable democracy to Iraq. Cindy Sheehan and a growing group of war protesters who have joined her say the soldiers should come home immediately.

Sheehan's son, Casey, was killed five days after he arrived in Iraq last year at age 24. Sheehan began her standoff Saturday, saying she would stay for the entire month that Bush plans to be in Texas unless he meets with her.

Arlington woman supports war protester

By Anna M. Tinsley
Star-Telegram Staff Writer (Texas)

Desiree Fairooz, an Arlington librarian, wants the world to hear Cindy Sheehan's plea for President Bush to immediately bring home U.S. soldiers from Iraq.

Fairooz was among about 30 members of the anti-war group Code Pink who tried to amplify Sheehan's message in Crawford on Thursday by labeling crosses with the names of Texas soldiers killed in combat in Iraq.

Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq last year, has said she will protest in Crawford all month while Bush is there unless he meets with her. Fairooz, 49, said she has been there since Saturday and doesn't know when she'll be ready to go home.

'Vanity Fair' Rips Media 'Conspiracy' in Covering Up Role in Plame Scandal

Editor and Publisher
By Greg Mitchell
Published: August 11, 2005 9:00 PM ET

NEW YORK In an article in the September issue of Vanity Fair (not yet online), Michael Wolff, in probing the Plame/CIA leak scandal, rips those in the news media -- principally Time magazine and The New York Times -- who knew that Karl Rove was one of the leakers but refused to expose what would have been “one of the biggest stories of the Bush years.

The Peaceful Occupation of Iraq - Day 6

By Cindy Sheehan

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.

The Peaceful Occupation of Iraq - Day 4

By Cindy Sheehan

Today started at 4am when I had to get up and get ready to be on Good Morning America. It was pouring down rain at Camp Casey. The wind was blowing and there was thunder and lightening. It was pretty exciting. The interview went very well. I haven't seen it or read a transcript. Since it was taped, I am just wondering if they showed it when I said Bush doesn't want to see me because he likes to surround himself with “sycophants.

A Report from Camp Casey

I called Lietta just now. Things are quiet down there (its moving toward midnight CST) and she's exhausted.

I asked her, "Tell me what you want to say to all those who are waiting to hear your words."

Here goes:
"The day started out with a multi-media press conference in Crawford with Cindy the primary speaker and focus. It was not unlike watching the Presidential Press Secretary, McLellan, in front of an audience - except this audience was not full of people tired of lies and misinformation.

After Cindy's time, individual members from MFSO and Gold Star Families were given a minute or two to introduce themselves and share brief bios. Some of those were mutual members, having actually lost a loved one and therefore members of Gold Star and MFSO.

Bob Edgar, of the National Council of Churches and Clergy Offer Worship at Encampment in Crawford

Contact: Ryan Fletcher 202-641-0277, Dante Zappala 215-520-7040

**Prayer Ceremony at 12:00 Noon. CDT at Camp Outside President’s Ranch**

Bob Edgar, of the National Council of Churches and Clergy Offer Worship at Encampment in Crawford

Religious Community Joins Gold Star Families and Families with Loved Ones in Iraq

CRAWFORD, TX - Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar, National Council of Churches general secretary and a former member of Congress will be joined by clergy who will offer prayer and pastoral care to Gold Star Families for Peace and all those who are holding vigil near the President’s Ranch in Crawford, TX and give witness to the true cost of the war on Iraq.

Mother's protest transforms quiet country road

The Dallas Morning News

CRAWFORD, Texas - (KRT) - No longer is it just a fork in the road, running through the cattle and goat pastures on the way to President Bush's ranch. Cindy Sheehan has changed that.
The California mother who lost her soldier son Casey in Iraq last year has camped there in a pop-up tent with a defiant anti-war message and a growing gaggle of supporters - and an adamant demand to confront the president personally on Iraq.

On Thursday, the two held back-to-back news conferences three miles apart in a summertime saga that has captured worldwide attention. And both stood their ground: Sheehan urged the president again to bring the troops home, and the president pledged again to stay the course.

Bush Says He Sympathizes With Protester

President Adds That Pulling Out of Iraq Now Would Hurt U.S. Security
By Michael A. Fletcher
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 12, 2005; Page A12

CRAWFORD, Tex., Aug. 11 -- As a roadside antiwar vigil initiated by a California woman who lost a son in Iraq continued near his ranch Thursday, President Bush said that he sympathizes with her loss but that agreeing to her demand to immediately withdraw troops "would be a mistake for the security of this country."

Speaking to reporters after meeting with members of his national security team, Bush said he has heard the voices of Cindy Sheehan and grieving family members who say the United States should leave Iraq because of the mounting death toll.

A Bereaved Mother's Crawford Vigil

TIME reporter Hilary Hylton visits an antiwar protest outside the President's ranch

Posted Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005

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.

Local Military Wife Supports Cindy Sheehan

WorldNow and WISH-TV, Indianapolis
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.

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