By Adam Brookes
BBC News, Washington
Cindy Sheehan's roadside protest outside President Bush's ranch has rallied America's anti-war movement.
It has also attracted a posse of experienced activists and advisers who sense political advantage to be gained.
And it has stoked conservative rage.
Frank J Murray, writing in the Washington Times, called Ms Sheehan "the poster child for surrender".
It's worth remembering that we are in the middle of August.
Congress is in recess.
News is slow.
The president is at his ranch.
And the White House reporters assigned to sit out the summer in sun-blistered Texas are no doubt grateful for the Cindy Sheehan story unfolding under their noses.
t r u t h o u t | One Mother's Stand
By Scott Galindez
Thursday 18 August 2005
At about 6PM, 75 people marched down the road with hundreds of letters to Laura Bush, asking her to convince George to meet with Cindy.
Medea Benjiman and a military mom handed over the leters to Bill Burke from the Office of the Secretary of the President.
The Sheriff stopped the marchers at a fork in the road. About 1.7 miles from the Presidents Ranch.
I spoke with Nadia McCaffrey, whose son was killed Iraq. She told me that there will always be a mother of a fallen soldier here if George comes out while Cindy is away.
Vigil for 'peace mom' protests Iraq war
By Brian Saxton
The News-Times/Chris Ware
Dianne McCafferty of Newtown holds a photo of her son, James, who is set to return to Iraq for a second tour with the U.S. Marine Corps, during anti-war vigil Wednesday night in Newtown.
NEWTOWN – She held a framed photograph of her only son in one hand and a flickering white candle in the other.
Standing in the soft twilight of the warm summer evening, Dianne McCafferty watched intently as the long line of other mothers, fathers and small children filed silently past her.
A bagpiper played the solemn strains of "Amazing Grace" and all about her were signs that read "Stop The War" and "Bring Our Children Home."
By HELEN THOMAS
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has not experienced the kind of massive anti-war demonstrations that contributed to the political demise of Presidents Johnson and Nixon.
But the protest staged by Cindy Sheehan near Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch has drawn world attention to this grieving mother's loss of her 24-year-old son -- Army specialist Casey Sheehan of Vacaville, Calif. -- who was killed in Iraq.
Sheehan has vowed to continue her protest until the president personally speaks to her again. (Sheehan left Thursday after her mother suffered a stroke.)
By Caren Bohan
CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in the Iraq war, said on Thursday she would temporarily leave her camp site near President George W. Bush's ranch because her mother had suffered a stroke.
"We just had a terrible call," Sheehan told reporters. "My mom had a stroke."
Sheehan, whose vigil has drawn attention to her demands for a pullout of troops from Iraq, flew to Los Angeles with her sister to see her mother, Shirley Miller, 74. Her supporters said she hoped to return in the next 24 to 48 hours, depending on her mother's condition.
Cindy Sheehan decamps, leaving very mixed messages
Even though the Iraq war is on its way to claiming 2,000 American lives, it has for the past two and a half years seemed disconnected from the lives of many Americans.
Unlike World War II, the whole nation is not involved in the war effort and sacrifices. Unlike in the Vietnam War, when the draft scooped up men from all walks and stations of life, soldiers in Iraq are volunteers who hail largely from small-town and rural America. The human cost of the war is obscured because media access to much of Iraq is difficult, and coverage of the returning dead and wounded is restricted.
The antiwar movement was dominated by lefties and ineffective -- until a grieving mother from California became its symbol. With Middle America now asking the same angry questions she is, will the movement finally take off?
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By Farhad Manjoo
Aug. 19, 2005 | The day before he was killed in a helicopter crash near Ar Rutbah in western Iraq, John House, a 28-year-old hospital corpsman in the Navy, told his wife that the worst was over and he'd be coming home in a matter of weeks. "He said, 'We've got one more thing to do, providing security for the elections,'" recalls Melanie House, who's now a 27-year-old widow and single mother living in Simi Valley, Calif. "It seemed too good to be true that he was going to be leaving Iraq." Two days later, "I got a knock on the door," House says. "It was every military wife's worst fear."
by Aaron Glantz
Since President Bush won’t meet with Cindy Sheehan to explain why her son Casey died in Iraq, I thought I would put forward the information I have. Like Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, I was in Baghdad’s Sadr City on April 4, 2004.
I was there as an unembedded journalist. Unlike Casey Sheehan, I wasn’t killed.
I had traveled to Sadr City to cover the Bush Administration’s undemocratic attack on the movement of Shi’ite cleric Muqtada Sadr. It didn’t matter that the cleric had millions of followers or that he was scion to an important political family with a history of standing up to tyranny. (His father was killed by Saddam’s regime for fomenting revolution in 1999. His uncle, Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr, was killed for leading an insurrection against Ba’ath rule in 1980.)
Vigils held for Cindy Sheehan
St. Paul Minnesota
By Cindy Sheehan
Even after my repeated attempts to keep the focus of my protest on the war, the Drudge Report and others continue to try to make the issue about me. But I am not the issue. The issue is a disastrous war that's killing our sons and daughters and making our country less secure. They attack me because they can no longer defend this war.
I've come to Crawford to bring to the president's doorstep the harsh realities of a war he's been trying so hard to avoid. But no matter what they say or how many shotguns they fire or how many crosses they destroy, they're not going to stop me from speaking out about a war that needlessly killed my son.
By Jodie Evans
It's Mother's Day at Camp Casey. Surrounded by about 30 mothers, Cindy had been reading their letters to Laura Bush. Tears were streaming down her face.
At that moment, a call came in from the hospital that Cindy's mother had just had a stroke.
She immediately left the camp and has flown off to be with her mother, who is in intensive care. The other mothers continued to share their letters and marched the hour from camp down to the entrance to Bush's ranch to deliver the letters.
Before she left, Cindy asked that everyone continue to keep the pressure on Bush to talk to the mothers and answer their questions.
By Arianna Huffington
As the New York Times’ full-throated defense of Judith Miller hits new lows (Bob Dole brought in as a friend of the court?) the $64,000 question remains: Why is the paper linking itself so completely to Miller’s fate?
“The thing you’ve got to understand,
Mother’s Illness Won’t Change the Agenda at Camp Casey; Prayer Vigil Tomorrow Will Take Place at 12 Noon CDTFriday
Statement by Cindy Sheehan:
This afternoon around 4 p.m. Crawford time my sister DeeDee received a call that our mother has had a stroke and is in the emergency room at a hospital in Los Angeles.
As you can imagine, this is a devastating blow for my sister, my brother, my children and me.
I’m leaving Crawford temporarily to go be with my mother. While I am gone, the other mothers of fallen soldiers in Iraq, along with the Iraq war veterans and other soldiers will remain at Camp Casey and keep up the pressure on the President to meet with us and answer questions about the war.
Cindy's mother has just had a stroke. Cindy and her sister have left Crawford to visit with her mother. We encourage you to come to Crawford to support the other military families who have lost their children to this war and bring a card for Cindy's mother.
by Ira Chernus
It was an astonishing turnout. Last night, in my small middle-American city, more than 150 people stood on street corners supporting Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mom who is waiting outside the president's ranch to ask him, "Why did you kill my son?" Of course, demonstrations like this don’t have much effect unless they are reported in the mainstream media. Cindy Sheehan is making the media pay attention.
With Cindy's mother ill, that must clearly be her top concern. Watch www.meetwithcindy.org for news on that front.
It's important to note that Cindy has not dropped her request for a meeting with Bush.
It's also worth noting that many families of soldiers killed in Iraq are at Campo Casey and are not going anywhere. Again, watch www.meetwithcindy.org for updates.
By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press Writer
The grieving woman who started an anti-war demonstration near President Bush's ranch nearly two weeks ago said Thursday she was leaving because her mother had a stroke.
Cindy Sheehan told reporters she had just received the phone call and was leaving immediately to be with her 74-year-old mother at a Los Angeles hospital.
"I'll be back as soon as possible if it's possible," she said. After hugging some of her supporters, Sheehan and her sister, Deedee Miller, got in a van and left for the Waco airport about 20 miles away.
Sheehan, whose 24-year-old son Casey died in Iraq, said the makeshift campsite off the road leading to Bush's ranch would continue. The camp has grown to more than 100 people, including many relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq.
By Peter Beinart
The Washington Post
Thursday 18 August 2005
With Bush and the public insulated from Iraq, Cindy Sheehan has moral authority.
Why has Cindy Sheehan - the bereaved mother camped outside President Bush's Crawford ranch - transfixed the nation?
Partly because she captures something profound about the war in Iraq. Vietnam was a mass-participation war: Nearly 3 million Americans fought; more than 58,000 died. And it provoked a mass antiwar movement: Year after year in the late 1960s, hundreds of thousands of Americans traveled to Washington to protest. The assumption was that everyone would serve. It was that assumption, and the fear it created, that drew so many demonstrators into the streets. And it was the betrayal of that assumption - as children of the elite evaded service - that ripped America apart.
By Scott Galindez
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Thursday 18 August 2005
As I flip my television from network to network, they sound like a broken record when they talk about Cindy Sheehan. They all seem to claim that she is a puppet of the left, the anti-war movement etc...
I am in Crawford and am spending a lot of time near Cindy. I promise you that Cindy is not the puppet in Crawford, but the puppet master. There is a media team working on her scheduling, but they are not telling her what to say.
The allegations that the left is exploiting Cindy couldn't be further from the truth. I see millions of people following Cindy, not the other way around. I got an e-mail from Cindy that she was going to go to Crawford, not from MoveOn.
By E&P Staff
Published: August 18, 2005 12:00 PM ET
NEW YORK The Cindy Sheehan antiwar protest near the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas, has been a national story for the past week. In Thursday's papers, however, the story hit home in a big way, as hundreds of newspapers reported on local pro-Sheehan vigils held coast-to-coast.
The Associated Press estimated there were 1,600 such events and a Google News search produced hundreds of separate stories. Some vigils, such as one in Minneapolis, drew over 1,000 protestors.
The Denver Post covered outpourings in Denver, Golden, and Fort Collins. “Area Residents Take Stand Against War,
By Jan Frel
Posted on August 18, 2005, Printed on August 18, 2005
It's hard to believe that once a key fact about a major story is put out there that it's not permanently incorporated into the bigger picture.
But it's clear that things do get missed, and even when they are splashed, they don't always stick with the Big Story. Take for example the fact that Karl Rove was fired in '92 by Bush Sr. for smearing an enemy through Bob Novak. That should be one of the context sentences right next to the one that lays out that this whole thing started with a July 2003 column by Novak; "Rove has a history of smearing his enemies through Robert Novak -- it's a practice he was caught and fired for by the first Bush president in 1992." A simple sentence like that will do, and clearly has a lot of relevance to the current story. The L.A. Times wrote an article devoted to this historical note when the Rove scandal mushroomed in July, but the L.A. Times and the rest of the press haven't made much reference to this as a stock fact afterward.
by Cindy Sheehan on Daily Kos
Thu Aug 18th, 2005 at 10:02:17 PDT
Our candlelight vigil at Camp Casey was beautiful tonight. There were hundreds of people here and we are hearing that hundreds of people were involved in vigils around the country. We at Camp Casey are so amazed and gratified that there were almost 1700 vigils around the country.
CNN followed me around for the morning to do a "Day in the Life" of Cindy Sheehan. I kept asking them if they were falling asleep from boredom yet. I was on Anderson Cooper and it was pretty good. Anderson didn't ask me about the Israel thing because he had checked with Nightline. But he followed with a talk show, hate monger host, Darrell Ankarlo who I have had problems with in the past. He said that I have said that I believe all of the troops are murderers and I have never said that, either. Darrell Ankarlo wanted me to be on his show, but I don't think so.
Media Culpa: Should The New York Times and Time Magazine Have Exposed Karl Rove's Role in the Outing of Valerie Plame?
In an article in Vanity Fair, columnist Michael Wolff criticizes those in the mainstream media - particularly Time Magazine and The New York Times - who knew of Karl Rove's role in the outing of Valerie Plame, but refused to expose him. We host a debate with Wolff and investigative journalist Murray Waas. [includes rush transcript]
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) is calling for an investigation into the role of former Attorney General John Ashcroft in the outing of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame. Conyers' call comes after a new report by investigative journalist Murray Waas that a special prosecutor was appointed in the case in large part because FBI investigators had begun to specifically question the veracity of accounts provided to them by Karl Rove. We speak with Conyers and Waas. [includes rush transcript]
t r u t h o u t | One Mother's Stand
By Scott Galindez
The vigil at Camp Casey was respectful and emotional.
Iraq Veteran Aidan Delgado opened the vigil with a heartfelt message: "In victory or defeat the price is the same... A price that can not be measured in dollars or votes but can only be measured in pain... We must make sure it is never paid again until all other means have failed." In the foreground as Aidan spoke was a flag-draped coffin. On the left side of the coffin, Iraq Veteran Hart Viges stood at attention. On the right side, Charlie Anderson in full uniform did the same.
Congresman Rush Holt's Resolution (H. Res. 363) has 76 cosponsors so far. Here is the summary of what it does:
"Requesting the President and directing the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Attorney General to transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution documents in the possession of the President and those officials relating to the disclosure of the identity and employment of Ms. Valerie Plame."
Ask your congress member to co-sponsor.
List of who is already co-sponsoring.
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Here's mine: I went to a vigil with about 50 people in the small town of Cheverly, Md. Several people took turns speaking. We sang "Give Peace a Chance." Then we broke up the circle and talked to friends and new aquaintances. The Prince George's Sentinel and the Gazette were both there. We're assuming that the Washington Post was either covering the event over at the White House or had decided this was all beneath them.