Bringing the war home

San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, August 16, 2005

IT WOULD be easy to dismiss Cindy Sheehan's protest in Crawford, Texas, against the U.S. invasion of Iraq as one woman's response to the death of her soldier son in Iraq.

But the scrappy protest of the Vacaville mother could be the catalytic event that might help build a significant movement against the war.

Opinion polls show widespread opposition to the war, and to Bush's conduct in promoting it. Peculiarly, this unhappiness has yet to translate into anything that could be called an anti-war "movement."

But remember that it took several years before opposition to the Vietnam War began to congeal into what we now call the "movement" against that disastrous war.

From the New Zealand Herald

Americans in NZ support Bush anti-war camper

17.08.05 7.00am

Concerned Americans in Auckland are holding an anti-war candlelight vigil tonight to support a woman camping in protest outside President George W. Bush's ranch in Texas.

Cindy Sheehan has been camping since August 6, demanding that the President explain why he sent her son Casey to die in Iraq. The President has so far refused to meet her.

The vigil will be held at 7.30pm in front of the American Consulate on Customs St East.


Destruction of crosses angers fallen GI's mother

By Elisabeth Bumiller The New York Times

CRAWFORD, Texas Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq who has set up a vigil near President George W. Bush's ranch here, 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 troops, 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.

In reaction to growing anger from many local residents, Sheehan's supporters said she would probably move "Camp Casey," her increasingly crowded roadside encampment named after her son, to a 300-acre, or 120-hectare, piece of property even closer to Bush's ranch. Her supporters said that the owner of the property was sympathetic to their cause, but that they could not release his name until a deal was complete.

Rowley, Lourey to join demonstration at Bush ranch

Patrick Condon, Associated Press
August 17, 2005 MOM0817

Former FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley, along with a state senator whose son died in Iraq, are headed to Texas this week to join a growing anti-war demonstration near President Bush's ranch.

Rowley, now a Democratic candidate for Congress, and Sen. Becky Lourey will join a protest initiated by Cindy Sheehan, whose own son died in Iraq last year. Sheehan started the vigil Aug. 6, coinciding with Bush's summer vacation. She has said she won't leave until the president meets with her.

Rowley said Tuesday that she and Lourey would leave Thursday and stay at least through Sunday, sleeping in a tent at the site. They are paying their own way, she said.

Antiwar protester Sheehan to move campsite

Tue Aug 16, 2005 10:49 PM BST

By Caren Bohan

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - Antiwar protester Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, is moving her camp closer to President George W. Bush's Texas ranch.

The piece of private property was offered by a relative of a man who had a fired shotgun in frustration over the protests, a source in the Sheehan camp said. The property owner is also a veteran.

"A neighbour of President Bush's has offered us his land," the source said. "It's got plenty of acreage for us, it's private land, we would have legal permission to be on it, it's much closer to the ranch -- in fact it's across the street from his (Bush's) church."

But is Judith Miller Invited?

'Wash Post' Cuts Ties to Pentagon Event after Protests
Editor & Publisher

Monday 15 August 2005

New York - The Washington Post announced tonight that it will cease its co-sponsorship of the Pentagon-organized Freedom Walk next month. The paper's involvement had drawn heat from within and outside the paper, with a guild committee today calling for the link to end.

The newspaper told the Department of Defense that it was pulling back on its offer of free ads for the event - a march up the mall ending with a concert by pro-war country singer Clint Black.

"As it appears that this event could become politicized, The Post has decided to honor the Washington area victims of 9/11 by making a contribution directly to the Pentagon Memorial Fund," said Eric Grant, a Post spokesman. "It is The Post's practice to avoid activities that might lead readers to question the objectivity of The Post's news coverage."

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Another Update from Crawford

By Thomas Harrelson

Just another update on how things are progressing in
Fargo, ND. John Peterson and I had a radio interview last night with
the local college (NDSU) station to announce the planned rally this
coming Sunday and to explain why we are doing it. We had one
somewhat contentious caller, but the interview otherwise went great.
Even one of the hosts is going to join us at the rally now. I
haven't seen any mention of Cindy Sheehan on the local news at all in
this area. One must consider that Fargo, ND was Bush's second stop
(after Florida) on his post-election national itinerary. If a person

"Spitting on Vietnam Soldiers" - Running down Crosses Honoring Our Fallen

Posted by loudsue

I have to admit, I was always skeptical about the stories of soldiers being spit on. I was in college during the anti-war protests of the 60's and 70's, and everyone I knew in the "movement", still honored the soldiers.

A lot of people I knew in the movement wanted to spit on the POLITICIANS that supported letting our soldiers DIE. But everyone I came in contact with felt deep compassion for our soldiers, who were having to give up their youth and innocence in Vietnam. After all, they were our classmates in school, our brothers, our boyfriends, our cousins, our husbands, or our friends. We knew those guys!

Crawford News from the TruthOut Blog

t r u t h o u t | One Mother's Stand
By Scott Galindez

Tuesday 16 August 2005
3:30 PM

Military Families Speak Out is growing rapidly. Family members with loved ones in Iraq have been arriving in bunches. Many of those coming are speaking out for the first time. A spokesperson for the group said that 30 to 40 people a day are signing up online.

On the Net:
Military Families Speak Out.


Desecration of the Dead

By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Tuesday 16 August 2005

His name is Larry Northern, and he is a wretch.

The Arlington West cemetery has been growing for more than a year. Begun in California by activists seeking to honor those soldiers killed in Iraq, and also seeking to highlight in an unavoidably searing way the price we are paying for the invasion of Iraq, the cemetery is made up of small grave markers made of simple wood. There are crosses, and crescents, and stars of David. Each one represents a dead American soldier.

When word got out that the mother of a fallen soldier had camped herself out in front of the Bush "ranch" in Crawford with a demand to see the president, the Arlington West cemetery was packed up and sent to Texas. This was no small job, as there are now nearly 2,000 grave markers - each bearing a name - that make up the cemetery.

W stands for Way, Way Down

08.15.2005 Steve Cobble
Huffington Post

Well, it's official. Yesterday the AP certified W as reeling in the polls.

Here's the Yahoo News online headline on Will Lester's AP story:

"Bush Approval a Low for Recent 2-Termers".

Here's my favorite line in the story:

"His ratings on everything from handling Iraq to the economy to Social Security and other domestic issues are at their lowest levels so far."

And that's before the indictments...


Unmasking George W. Bush

Justin Frank
Huffington Post

Although I would never make a medical diagnosis without examining a patient, I feel confident in my observation that George W. Bush is a new kind of bi-polar: the poles being indifference and destructive violence. His indifference to families who lost their sons and daughters in Iraq is now writ large – thanks to Cindy Sheehan and an ever-increasing group of parents who demand that Bush explain the "noble cause" for which their sons and daughters continue to be maimed and killed in Iraq. As Sheehan told the press on August 12, Bush has more time for Republican donors than for talking with bereaved families camped outside his Crawford fortress.

Free Fallin'

08.16.2005 Eric Boehlert
Huffington Post

For those keeping score at home, Cindy Sheehan is a "crazy," "anti-Semite" "peacenik" "kook." An "exploited," "left-wing moonbat" "crackpot" whose behavior borders on "treasonous" and is nothing more than one of the "hysterical noncombatants" camped outside Crawford, Texas. It's telling that when this story first broke, GOP pundits at least had the decency to preface their smears with obligatory nods to Sheehan's sacrifice. No more. It's war.

I don't think we've seen the right wing this collectively unhinged since the Florida recount, when the mere thought of four more years of Democratic rule drove even mild mannered pundits like George Will off the cliff. Back then it was Will who spotted Al Gore's "serial mendacity," "corrupting hunger for power," and a selfish attempt to create "post-election chaos" and "delegitimize the election."

Preemptive PR: The Times Makes the Case for Judy... Again

Arianna Huffington
Huffington Post

Here is the opening exchange from Monday’s Lou Dobbs interview with Judy Miller’s lawyer, Floyd Abrams:

DOBBS: Let's begin with 40 days in jail. How much longer is this going to go on?

ABRAMS: Well, the order of confinement by the judge was that she would stay in jail until she revealed her confidential sources, or until the grand jury expired, which is right now scheduled for October 28th. So it would be until then, unless there was -- there were additional legal steps taken against her. [emphasis added]

Was the fear of additional legal steps being taken against Judy Miller the reason for Monday's preemptive PR campaign? Was this why Floyd Abrams went on Lou Dobbs and the New York Times did a glowing pro-Judy editorial?

United for Peace and Justice


* Join a vigil this Wednesday, Aug. 17.
* Organize a vigil, rally, or protest this Saturday, Aug. 20 and list it on our calendar.
* Join Cindy and thousands more at our massive anti-war protest on Sept. 24 in Washington, D.C.

900 Vigils Tomorrow

Dear MoveOn member,

Late last night, a pick-up truck dragging chains ran over the rows of white crosses on the side of the road near Cindy Sheehan's vigil. Each cross commemorated a dead soldier; this morning, many of them were broken or gone.1 But Cindy and the other moms in Crawford have vowed to stay, and now a neighboring rancher, who is a veteran, has offered them some of his nearby land if they have to move from the roadside.

The spirit of that rancher standing up in his own pro-Bush community is the sort of public support for Cindy Sheehan and her cause that is growing across America. Tomorrow's vigils for Cindy Sheehan will be the most visible measure of the size and strength of public concern about the war in a long time. It is critical to have as many vigils as possible and as many attendees as possible to demonstrate the wave of public support for Cindy.


From Crawford Update Blog

Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Wow. Ask and ye shall receive! This morning over 30 dozen long-stem roses arrived via FedEx from a supporter in Florida. Simply incredible. We're still sorting through them to see who exactly sent them. They're on their way up to Arlington West to be placed over each memorial. A BIG thank you to our friends in Florida!

# posted by Japhet @ 12:51 5 comments

We woke up this morning and headed over to Camp Casey to see what we could do to pitch in. Some media were already there filming and talking to Camp Casey folks. The irony of the situation was that the guy who drove his truck through the memorial of white crosses, claims to be a "real Christian." I'm not sure how much more ironic it can get. Some of the best pics (coming soon) show two Iraq war veterans re-setting the crosses and piecing together the remains. I must say it's pretty incredible to see veterans tear up in front of a memorial they helped create.

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Celeste Zappala and her son Dante have just returned from Crawford to
their home in Philadelphia. Celeste's eldest son, Sgt. Sherwood Baker, was
the first Pennsylvania National Guardsman to die in combat since World War

Standing on the Shoulders of Perjury Law

By Richard B. Schmitt
Los Angeles Times
Monday 15 August 2005

Washington - When Al Qaeda operative Wadih El-Hage blamed false testimony he had given to a federal grand jury on confusion and jet lag, then-assistant US Atty. Patrick J. Fitzgerald was not impressed. "I submit to you," Fitzgerald told jurors at El-Hage's 2001 trial in New York, "you heard 10 of the most pathetic excuses of perjury ever known."

El-Hage, once Osama bin Laden's personal secretary, is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole - convicted of perjury, among other things.

The Media Discovers Cindy Sheehan

Berkeley Daily Planet

Cindy Sheehan has finally managed to capture the imagination of the nation and of the world. Those of us in northern California have been aware of her campaign against the war in Iraq for more than a year. Members of Military Families Speak Out, including Cindy Sheehan, spoke at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Berkeley in July of 2004, but it’s taken a while for the national media to process their message. This has historically been the case for ideas and movements originating outside of the New York-Washington corridor.
Part of the reason her story is finally surfacing is that August is a notably slow media month. Many magazines take a week or two off at this time of year, and others (including the New York Times) are uncharacteristically thin. So timing a big media campaign for the slow season when Congress is out of session makes perfect sense. When I was a political operative in the ‘60s we used to say “never underestimate the laziness of the newsies

Everyone should be asking questions

The Herald

In regard to Gary Williams' Sunday letter concerning Cindy Sheehan: It is with some disbelief that Williams feels that he has any say whatsoever as to how someone grieves the loss of a loved one. Sheehan has every right to push for answers as to why her son had to die. We all have the right to know. It is unfathomable that someone speaking out against the war must therefore be a "lowest element, communist or an anarchists."

Who are you to decide what I and others believe? Many countries of the world have suffered because the people put blind obedient faith in their leader. What Williams has done, however, was to illustrate what President Bush has done successfully and that is to have put the United States in the most divisive state that I can remember. What kind of honor is that and how can anyone look up to that kind of leader?

Sheehan decries "media circus," steers focus to anti-war message

By G. Robert Hillman
The Dallas Morning News

CRAWFORD, Texas — Bothered by what she laments as mounting "distractions," Cindy Sheehan sought yesterday to refocus her peace vigil near President Bush's ranch on her central anti-war message.

Since she "came out here and sat down on a lawn chair" 10 days ago, Sheehan, 48, said it's "got out of hand and just turned into a media circus."

For instance, she cited calls for the president's impeachment as "another distraction off of our original cause."

On Sunday, she faced reports that she was not paying her federal income taxes. "They killed my son in an illegal and immoral war," the Vacaville, Calif., woman told a reporter who asked, "and I don't feel like I owe them anything."

Ed Schultz Show goes to Crawford

Larisa Alexandrovna

The Ed Schultz Show will be heading to Crawford Texas to broadcast its Wednesday and Thursday show a few miles from Camp Casey, Raw Story has learned.

According to Ed Schultz, the host of the Ed Schultz show and one of the biggest voices in progressive radio, the show is going to show support for Cindy Sheehan. "We are going for our listeners, there are a lot of people from across the country who want to be [in Crawford, Texas] but can't be there," said Schultz in a conversation with Raw Story earlier today.

Cindy Sheehan, the mother of fallen solider Casey Sheehan - killed in Iraq in April 2004 - has spent the last ten days holding vigil near the Crawford, Texas ranch of President Bush, who has taken a five week vacation.

CNN American Morning Discusses Cindy's Protest

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

O'BRIEN: In other news, President Bush refuses to meet with Cindy Sheehan this morning. The mother whose son died in Iraq began her 11th day virtually camped out in the president's front yard. Is her well-publicized protest in Crawford, Texas doing any political damage? CNN political analyst and columnist for "The L.A. Times," Ron Browstein, live for us from Washington this morning.

Ron, as always, nice to see you.

Let's get right to it. Do you think the president is making a mistake in declining to meet with Cindy Sheehan?

Hardball on MSNBC Interviews Cindy and Others

Monday, August 15, 2005

CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC HOST: A mother`s word. Tonight, Cindy Sheehan. The woman who brought the anti-war movement to President Bush`s front door. Let`s play HARDBALL.

Good evening. I`m Chris Matthews. Cindy Sheehan, she`s become the symbol of the antiwar movement after her son Casey was killed in Iraq. Today, Sheehan asked the president to pray with her. We`ll talk live to Cindy from Camp Casey outside the president`s ranch in Crawford, Texas, in a moment.

Also we`ll meet a mother whose son served two tours in Iraq and she`s protesting Cindy Sheehan. But first, today was the deadline for Iraq`s government to draft a new constitution but there`s no deal. NBC`s Kerry Sanders is in Baghdad with the latest.

'Peace Vigil Mom' Gets Local Support

Candlelight Vigils Begin At 7:30 P.M.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A woman camped out at President George W. Bush's Texas ranch received some local support Tuesday, NBC 4 reported.

A national political action organization known as Move On is sponsoring candlelight vigils across the country Wednesday night.

A local vigil is planned for 7:30 p.m. at 1850 Upper Chelsea in Upper Arlington to support Cindy Sheehan, the mother whose son was killed in Iraq.

Sheehan has vowed to remain in Texas through Bush's August vacation, unless he meets with her. She began her protest 10 days ago and has since been joined by more than 100 anti-war activists.

Learning and Growing

Cindy Sheehan: Learning and Growing / Bill O'Reilly: Rut-Bound in His Own Venom
by Stan Moore
(Tuesday August 16 2005)


"...Cindy's inevitable period of reflection and fact gathering and her process of learning and growth changed Cindy. She became more assertive as she learned the details of how she and her son had been lied to by their government and their president."


Bill O'Reilly has been full of hatred and venom since September 11, 2001. O'Reilly wanted someone to pay, and pay dearly for attacking America. He wanted Arabs and Moslems to pay because Arabs and Moslems attacked America that day. The only problem is that a few Arabs and Moslems attacked America that day, and Bill wanted ALL of them to pay. And the few Arabs and Moslems who did attack America on 9/11/2001 were actually working assets of the American government, allowed into the country despite no-fly lists at the time through special State Department interventions, and were trained, organized, and monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies every step of the way until the day thousands of Americans died. Bill O'Reilly has zero concern about American government complicity in the acts of 9/11/2001 -- he just wants revenge on the Arabs and Moslems because Bill O'Reilly is a racist and xenophobic.

The Saturday Early Show on CBS and World News Tonight on ABC Cover Cindy's Protest

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.

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