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CNN Covers Cindy Sheehan Protest

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Soldier's mom digs in near Bush ranch
Senator sees 'echoes of Vietnam' in vigil to meet president

CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- A mother whose son was killed in Iraq says she is prepared to continue her protest outside President Bush's ranch through August until she is granted an opportunity to speak with him.

Later, in a TV interview, a Democratic senator from California said the episode evokes images that were commonplace during the Vietnam War.

Cindy Sheehan's 24-year-old son -- Army Spc. Casey Sheehan of Vacaville, California -- was killed in Baghdad's Sadr City on April 4, 2004. The Humvee mechanic was one of eight U.S. soldiers killed there that day by rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. (Full story)

They are among the 1,829 American troops, including 31 this month, who have died in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

The president -- who is spending a nearly five-week-long working vacation at his Texas ranch -- said in a speech Wednesday that the sacrifices of U.S. troops were "made in a noble cause." (Full story)

Sheehan said she found little comfort in his comments.

"I want to ask the president, why did he kill my son?" Sheehan told reporters. "He said my son died in a noble cause, and I want to ask him what that noble cause is."

Sheehan said hers was one of a group of about 15 families who each met separately with the president one day last June.

"He wouldn't look at the pictures of Casey. He didn't even know Casey's name," she told CNN Sunday. "Every time we tried to talk about Casey and how much we missed him, he would change the subject."

Sheehan said she was so distraught at the time that she failed to ask the questions she now wants answered.

"I want him to honor my son by bringing the troops home immediately," Sheehan told reporters Saturday. "I don't want him to use my son's name or my name to justify any more killing."

Sheehan, who co-founded the anti-war group Gold Star Families for Peace, led about 50 demonstrators near the Bush ranch Saturday. Some protesters were with the group Veterans for Peace, which was holding a convention in Dallas.

The protesters stopped their bus miles from the ranch in Crawford, and walked less than a half-mile before being stopped by local law enforcement officials.

A message on the Gold Star Families Web site says, "We want our loved ones' sacrifices to be honored by bringing our nation's sons and daughters home from the travesty that is Iraq IMMEDIATELY, since this war is based on horrendous lies and deceptions.

"Just because our children are dead, why would we want any more families to suffer the same pain and devastation?"

The message also urges Bush to send his twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, to Iraq "if the cause is so noble."

The site says the group is made up of families of soldiers who have died as a result of war, primarily in Iraq.

Joe Hagin, White House deputy chief of staff, and Stephen Hadley, national security adviser, met with Sheehan for about 45 minutes Saturday, according to White House spokesman Trent Duffy.

Sheehan said that the two men "were very respectful."

"They told me the party line of why we are in Iraq," she said. "I told them that I don't believe that they believed that."

Duffy said Saturday that "many of the hundreds of families the president has met with know their loved one died for a noble cause and that the best way to honor their sacrifice is to complete the mission."

Bush has refused to provide a time frame for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, saying American forces will return home when Iraqis can take care of their own security.

"President Bush wants the troops home as soon as possible, but the U.S. will not cut and run from terrorists," Duffy said.

Sheehan elicited sympathy from both sides of the political spectrum on Sunday.

"What you're seeing with that mom trying to meet with President Bush is echoes of Vietnam," said Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat. "Because no one is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel."

"I think the president ought to meet with this mother," said Sen. George Allen, a Virginia Republican. "What I would say to her is her son will always be remembered as a great hero and a patriot, advanced freedom in Iraq and the Middle East, has made this country more secure."

Boxer said her own message would be different: "I would tell her to do everything she could to spare other families this grief, to get us off this cycle of violence."

Recent surveys have shown decreasing public support for the war.

In a Newsweek poll released Sunday, 64 percent of those asked said they do not believe the war in Iraq has made Americans safer, and 61 percent said they disapprove of the way the president is handling the war.

The telephone poll of 1,004 adults was taken from Tuesday to Thursday last week and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.


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"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?" - Mahatma Ghandi

I cannot be in Crawford, TX with Cindy and the others but my spirit is with them. As the mother of a soldier I do not believe this is a noble cause at all. A noble cause does not create more destruction, it brings peace. I sympathize with all parents of over 1,800 young military who have been lost in this cause. What parent, when confronted with their child's death, would want to believe or know that they died because on one man's warped agenda? Any parent would want to believe they died for a noble cause--it is probably the only thought that would keep you from going insane. The pathetic explanations of Bush's PR brigade are moot in light of the unethical conduct of this administration. The only noble cause now is to bring our soldiers home.

"A democracy can die from too many lies" Bill Moyers.
Cindy was just on Air America interviewed by Laura Flanders. She is simply asking for the truth. Why did her son have to die in Iraq? What is the truth Mr Bush. What are you hiding? If you support the troops why wont you meet with a Mother who has given everything to this country? You and rove are all about sending messages. What kind of message does this send to the Mothers and Fathers who have Sons and Daughters in iraq now? What kind of president has to hide at home from grieving parents? What are you afraid of? Could it be the truth? Has lying and cowardice been added to the new pantheon of "Christian values" Every day more Americans are seeing thru the lies. Cindy is a true hero. If we dont stand up now we may truly lose our democracy.

He's a chickensht Chickenhawk Neocon.

Bush won't meet with Cindy because he can't give her an answer that would back up his words "noble cause."

He knows Cindy would never think of oil, Halliburton profits, PNAC or I'm gonna get Saddam, cause he shot at my daddy as a "noble cause."

Bush is a coward and a little boy still throwing a temper tantrum.

Go Cindy!

the silliest one of all>>> Saddam did 9/11! @#$%^&*()

I'm willing to support Cindy if anyone is able to organize a bus trip to Crawford for a couple of days next week or the week after. Let's get a busload from the Washington, D.C. area!

I really wish I could go stick up for all these kids dying. And YES they are kids , when you are a Mom like Cindy, that is your kid ALWAYS. And if Bush lies to Cindy's Casey, then he lied to ALL our kids. Ya'll take copies of the Downing Street Memos and Minutes AND a steno pad AND a tape recorder AND a videocam. You are going to want to take some Crawford Minutes if the coward ever talks to Cindy.

We did some good yesterday on the Yahoo discussion of the Sheehan AP news story. I noticed that after I posted the first string calling Cindy a bitch that you all supported her and went to Yahoo and attacked. This is how we will get our point across! They underestimate the power of the internet! Let's continue on, like Yank says, go to AOL and get them. Got to their Blogs and post the truth! They will crumble, they are brainwashed! Let them know about it! Don't give up!
The Yahoo discussion grew in an hour from 5 posts to over 2000! That was awesome! At last check, the discussion was over 15000 posts!
Thank you all, and don't stop!!!

Fire Karl Rove!



The Downing Street Minutes........ ARE HERE TO LIGHT THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Call Cindy and everyone there, tell them to continually repeat the Downing Street Minute!!!! INVESTIGATE DOWNING STREET MINUTE, NOW!!!!!!!!!

You jerks are already in trouble by the Grand Juries for lying everyone into war!!!!!! COME OUT AND FACE THE MUSIC, NO DICK CHENEY TO PROTECT YOU!!!!!!!!

Doug Eldritch

Every single American Citizen owes all the soldiers and families their gratitude, but especially Cindy Sheehan deserves this. Not only has she lost her child, but she has taken up the cause of bringing all the soldiers home, even though her child will never again be there for her. When this is all said and done, it will be people like Cindy Sheehan who will achieve the true victory of this war, taking us beyond fighting, to find real answers and real solutions.
Thank you Cindy Sheehan!

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the Children of God"
Matthew 5:9

Dearest Cindy:
I will light a candle of prayer for you and your family everytime I am in Church.
May the Light of God surround you and protect you.
May all of us let the light that is within us shine brighter and brighter and light up a pathway for peace.
God Bless You Cindy and God Bless All of these "Children of God" for this vigil for peace...

Protests such as these are well justified, and have my unreserved support.

But let's get to the fundamental aspect of the scenario that makes Bush's crimes possible; that being conscription.

It matters not in the least that that the Washington imperialists are currently making due with an "all volunteer" military, and have disavowed the reinstatement of the draft.

The essential, fumdamental abstract that defines the material reality is the presence of conscription as an option; as long as they could, if they deemed it "necessary" reimplement the military draft, their capacity to cheapen human is effectively infinite.

It is human nature to use a cheap, plentiful, readily available resource profligately. In that sense a situation such as this is made inevitable by the untoward concentration of power.

Thus any "cause" can,within the effectively boundless moral parameters where they operate, justify the expenditure of not merely one, or one thousand lives, but whatever number they may deem, or may in fact, be necessary to accomplish the end.

What makes the moral parameters boundless, of course,is the infinite cheapening of individual human lives by the existence of conscription.

It is a denial of an intrinsic fact of human identity: that the individual's life is an end in itself; that self ownership is esential to human life.

It is the proposition that under the guise of "defending the nation", at the unilateral judgement of one of his equally fallible fellow human beings,an individual's life may be sacrificed, with no reference to his judgement or choices. All based on the judger's possession of a position of authority.

But ascent to authority cannot infuse qualitatively superior judgement to one person over an other.

Whatever efforts may be made to end the current ongoing tragedy, however successful they may be, any permanent solution requires a desolution of government power and authority.

It requires a return to a pervasive understanding that in a free society the individual is rightly taken as possessed of inviolable rights.

That should serve as a lesson to those who have favored expansion of government authority in the past, so they could elect their do-gooders to enforce "economic justice".

History is utterly unequivical about the two inevitable consequences of socialism: The setting in motion of downward spirals of impoverishment; and it's vulturous succession by facsim.

---The Bikemessenger

It's time for all Americans to demand the truth!
Cindy is a true hero!

I love the USA and I love New Zealand! Check out the billboard!
Great link (with photo) here:

A decision is due to be made today whether a billboard labelling President Bush an 'evil bastard' is appropriate, NZ City of New Zealand reports Monday. The publication provides a few details:

The Hell Pizza billboards have been erected around Auckland and Wellington. Half of the poster is taken up with a photo of the president and the other half has the phrase 'Hell: Too Good For Some Evil Bastards.'

Hilarious! And nothing I haven't thought to myself on several occasions.

Ever hear of drinking yourself sober?
I think Bush may have 'Christian-ed' himself Satanic!

Thank you, New Zealand!

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