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Video: Mother of fallen soldier asks questions of President Bush


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

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

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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.

Sheehan's son, Casey, was an Army mechanic who was killed just fivedays after arriving in Iraq.
"He was only 24 and he died in his best friend's arms," Sheehan saysin the ad, directed at President Bush. "Casey was so good and sohonest why can't you be honest with us?"

"You were wrong about the weapons of mass destruction-you were wrongabout the link between Iraq and Al Queda—you lied to us and because ofyour lies my son died," she ads.

While not a big ad buy, the ad is likely to get picked up by networkand cable television news programs. Like the Swift Boat Veterans forTruth, which savaged Sen. John Kerry's (D-MA) presidential campaign,the reporting on the ad may draw more attention than the ad itself.

The ad comes a day after a press conference with Sheehan and 13 othermilitary family members from across the country, including sevenmothers whose sons were killed in Iraq, and shortly after a bloggerconference call that generated buzz and got a mention in the Washington Post.

-- John ByrneEditor & PublisherRaw Story Mediahttp://rawstory.com

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Please send message to Sheehan...I noticed on CNN this morning that the reporters seemed to dismiss the protest as if Bush had done his best and 'answered' Cindy Sheehan.

I think, with all the air time she is getting, that she should be more specific about the pre-war lies....that is, she should remind Americans about all the talk about mushroom clouds, WMDs, chemical and biological weapons trucks, (the conservative right, because of Judith Miller, believe they exist and were smuggled to Syria) and who stated all the lies - Rice, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Powell and Bush.
And how they were sold a war by all these officials when they knew none of it was real.

Sheehan has stayed on message very well, but she needs to expand it now and up the rhetoric. She should state what the downing street memos show in graphic terms...that while her son Casey was searching for WMD, Bush - as per the downing street memos, already knew they didn't exist and so did all officials in the U.S. and U.K.

Sheehan should keep repeating these things because no one is talking about them. The MSM is just reporting about a Mother's Loss and her protest but not the actual events leading up to the situation. Sheehan should remind Americans over and over again....remind them about what Bush and the MSM have worked hard at trying to forget....because no one else ever brings it up or discusses the lead up to war. Sheehan has an opportunity here that no one else has.

And lastly, I loved an article I read on this website about Bush stated that Saddam, if innocent, would have nothing to hide. Sheehan should say that about Bush too....if he's innocent, why won't he talk to me!

Good Luck Cindy.

Dear Cindy Sheehan-

You had the opportunity to meet the President and praised him for his compassion in June 2004. Have you forgotten your comments? Have you been poisoned in your grief by the President Bush haters, cajoled into beiong their latest media pawn?

Those of us who have had to deal with the loss of a child sympathise with you. ALL children's deaths are senseless. The young should be allowed to live out their lives and reach their potential. But this doesn't happen for everyone. Disease, accidents, and predators take children away, as do terrorists and the war we make against them. We survive in our grief and pray the children have gone on to something better.

The parents and children of the soldiers in Beiruit, the sailors on the USS Cole, the civilian families and victims of both attacks to the World Trade Center have learned first hand the nature of the enemy we fight. Terrorists do not respect borders. They do not respect labels like "civilian" or "soldier". They divide the world into beleivers and non-beleivers and use God to justify the murders of the non-believers as they are not worhty of the life given them by Allah. We did not start this war, but we need to finish it. If we do not fight the enemy in Iraq, Afganistan, or some other place on the globe, then we will have to fight them here, on our soil, where it will not be just the uniformed that will be killed, but innocent children and their parents.

I cannot know the depth of your grief, but I do know that your son died a noble death for a noble cause. His life was taken, but not wasted. His barvery and scarifice will remembered daily by all of us who truly beleive that this nation and all free nations are in a war against the tyranny of ignorance and religiuos zealotry. It is a war we must win, or more children will die.

Please go home. The longer you continue your media vigil, the more painful it will be for you when the media turns on you, as they will once you have served their perverted purposes.

Sincerely,

Joseph Bailey
Tallahassee, FL

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