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SMEARING THE MOM OF A SOLDIER


Posted on Thu, Aug. 11, 2005
Philadelphia Daily News

HOW THE RIGHT ATTACKS EVEN THE GRIEVING

AS PRESIDENT BUSH vacations in his Crawford, Texas, ranch, sitting just outside is the American Public.

In this case the American Public is Cindy Sheehan, a 48-year-old mother who lost her son Casey in the war in Iraq. Casey, a soldier and mechanic in the Army, was one of eight soldiers killed in a firefight in Baghdad last year.

Cindy Sheehan sits in a beach chair outside the Crawford ranch, hoping and waiting for a meeting with President Bush. She wants to ask him one question: Why did she lose her son to a war that is becoming more senseless every day.

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

Sheehan has become an icon among antiwar activists - and a target of right-wing pundits who have little shame in twisting her words.

Conservative blogger Matt Drudge took the first stab and tried to make Sheehan look like a flip-flopper by contrasting her current critical words about Bush with earlier statements she made to her hometown newspaper. Sheehan, along with other families who lost loved ones in Iraq, met with Bush last year and told The Reporter, the local paper in Vacaville, Calif., that she now knows that Bush is "sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis."

Left out of the Sludge - oops, sorry - Drudge Report were the families' concerns about the war, which were also part of the story in The Reporter.

The controversy generated so much attention, The Reporter's editor this week wrote a column to correct Drudge's - and the right-wing media's - cynical spin of the story.

"We don't think there has been a dramatic turnaround," said Diane Barney. "Clearly, Cindy Sheehan's outrage was festering even then."

We're not surprised by the smear tactics of the right in the case of Cindy Sheehan. Critics of this administration - from Richard Clarke to Joe Wilson - know the White House crowd are bullies and moral cowards and would attack a grieving mother if it suited their purpose.

But how are they going to smear the American Public, which polls show is increasingly siding with Cindy Sheehan?

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At the risk of sounding like a broken recording, I reiterate that Cindy and we American pawns have check-mated the king. They have no move left but to cave into the truth. The TRUTH WILL PREVAIL and the American people, even the blind sheep who unfailingly support king Georgie boy will be saved but will not realize it.

Bloggers are the new piece on the chessboard of life

Comment to Matt Drudge:
Why isn't your right winged lazy ass out there supporting your troops along side the soldiers in Iraq? Are you a Yellow Coward of Texas too - you worthless slug? You are a hippocrite...trying to smear YOUR crap on the American public. Get real Drudge, you right winged radicals are losers, and the American public is HEP, REAL HEP. I'd like to see you RIGHT WINGED HIPPOCRITES PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS AND ENLIST. WALK THE TALK, YOU FRICKIN' LIARS. I DARE YOU TO ENLIST..... O.K. AMERICAN PUBLIC, let's see how many of these right - wingers can walk their talk. Let's start with The Yellow Coward of Texas's twins (or do they carry the coward genes of their father?)

I can't understand why the President won't talk to her. I mean, she was so engaging and presuasive in her "Open Letter" last November:
"George, it has been seven months today since your reckless and wanton foreign policies killed my son, my big boy, my hero, my best-friend: Casey. It has been seven months since your ignorant and arrogant lack of planning for the peace murdered my oldest child. It has been two days since your dishonest campaign stole another election…but you all were way more subtle this time than in 2000, weren’t you? You hardly had to get the Supreme Court of the United States involved at all this week."
When you add her May 2005 "Open Letter" to the CEO of the Ford Motor Company to the equation, it's difficult to come to any conclusion other than that she is shamelessly using her son's death to further a political agenda.
I sympathize with her in the loss of her son and I can understand her anger that it happened in what she believes to be an unjust and illegal war, but an emotional, ill informed political rant that reads like a litany of radical left talking points on everythng from global warming to weapons of mass destruction relegates her son's death to the background.
Is this what she wants?

Hey Bill,

At least you are hitting on the TRUTH website for a change. Keep at it and maybe you'll see the light of truth shine though those blind right wingnut eyes.

Since I'm new to the web site, perhaps someone can help me make my way through this "self licking ice cream cone" of a Bush hating venue and point out the truth. I seem to be missing it among the unsubstantiated assertions and profanity.

Global Warming and non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction cannot be cavalierly dismissed with this catchy (kitschy??) phrase. These are serious issues, probably the issues of the present century. Why must you be so snide and try to talk down to people who have come to their beliefs and concerns after much reading, research, listening and debate? This woman may be small, but she is no longer alone. How dare you?? And speaking of furthering political agendas, isn't that what these so-called WMDs were all about in the first place? You are rude, ignorant and heartless.

I'm sorry if you find my approach "rude, ignorant and heartless." Rude and ignorant more accurately describes the reactions I've received on this site.
These are, indeed, serious issues and they deserve serious discussion. Very little that I've seen on this site qualifies.
I've arrived at my beliefs and concerns the same way you have. We've just been reading, researching, listening and debating different sources. If you look at the actual documents instead of New York Times and blog "reporting," you would be aware of a few things to consider that might alter your beliefs. Then again, they might not, but they're worth looking at. Among them:
1. President Clinton's 1998 statement supporting regime change in Iraq, which made it a matter of U.S. policy long before President Bush actually did something about it.
2. President Bush's September 20, 2001 speech to a joint session of Congrees in which he said "Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them...Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime."
3. The full case that President Bush made to the Congress in seeking their authorization to move against Iraq, not just the WMD extracts.
In my opinion, President Bush has taken the long view of this war. You can legitimately criticize his policy that is based on the belief that terrorism can be reduced or eliminated by attacking its root causes. You can legitimately criticize his two front implementation of that policy that took on the Taliban's direct support of Bin Laden and almost simultaneously sought regime change in Iraq to foster democracy in a terrorist sponsor state.
You can't legitimately say that he lied about WMD. He relied on intelligence information that every nation in the world believed was accurate (including an overwhelming majority of our Congressmen and women who are now criticizing him).

You are so foolish letting yourself be used by a system
that would roll over you in a second if you were to ever
wake up and threaten the power it hordes.
Bush&Co. is arguably the most corrupt, deceptive
regime this country has seen yet.
If they were smart, American citizens... whether right, left, liberal, conservative.... would rise up and say enough.
The U.S. Military forces have been MISUSED by this
self-serving administration. Is that OK with you, dear Patriot?

nothing surprises me about these right wing, blinded by the dong (a small one, most likely) hanging in their faces from their commander in cheeze. having served in the military during another fiasco war that never should have happened, I found Drudge or any of his other idiot
right wing pundits to be offensive from the point that clearly they have not one iota of honor, most of then probably never served one nanosecond of service to this nation in a uniform during time of war, nor are any of them with enough nuts to go enlist and join the senseless loss of life that just keeps escalating each day. Though I wholly support Drudge's urges to whine and foment hate for something he has no comprehension of (national service or honor, for that matter) These very same chicken hawks (assholes who sought and got deferments from the draft during VIETNAM) are the same spineless turds who attack this woman for wondering why her son died for no good reason any rational and thinking man can come up with.

It's certain that wherever Casey is looking down at this sorry mess from in his safe haven now, he's wondering; "why do they dishonor me??" and "why do they dishonor the rest of the fallen with attacks against my mother's integrity as she speaks for us, those who cannot speak from the grave??"

indeed, Matt Drudge, how the fuck can you have the balls to even utter anything when you, just like Cheney, Bush (who never truly served) or any of these other neocon bastards who never wore a uniform, for they were TOO BUSY TO DEFEND THEIR COUNTRY DURING VIETNAM, ever utter one
syllable of dissent against a woman who just wants one answer from this dork who occupies the white house. that is: "why did you send my son to die in a war that never should have happened??"

she deserves that answer, not stand in staffers trying to mollify her, nor idiot secret service agents trying to intimidate and harass her there in that ditch.

may every single one of you who denigrate her, rot in hell for your
crime of smearing a lady who has a legitimate gripe with her illegitimate government.

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