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Tiananmen Ranch

by James Moore
The Huffington Post

A close friend of mine went cycling with President Bush on Crawford Ranch last year and described a focused, relentlessly aggressive man on a mountain bike. Bush hammered out a hilly 18 mile course and left behind the guests and secret service agents trying to keep pace with his frenetic pedaling. There was nothing but him and the bike and the road and the pound of his heart. Good athletes are like this. Decent presidents are not.

Most endurance athletes discover that their minds, stimulated by endorphins released through exercise, tend to wander across a landscape of subjects. And when you find one that is engaging or significant, solutions and sensitivities unknown are suddenly discovered. That's why I wonder how the president can hit the trails of Prairie Chapel or even linger over his morning coffee and not be fixed on the unrelenting grief and resolve of Cindy Sheehan. She is becoming the symbol of our American Tiananmen.

I met Cindy Sheehan this time last year when she was trying to decide what to do about the loss of her son. We were strangers when we spoke on the phone but she was as honest as she was angry. Before a news conference at the National Press Club, she stood in an anteroom holding a large color poster of her smiling boy and she ran her fingertips over his mouth as though he were alive and could feel this affection. In that moment, I hated my president. And I hate having to hate anyone or anything.

A group of us went to dinner that night across the river in Arlington and Cindy asked me about all the years I had spent being a reporter and all of the sadness and loss I had encountered. She wanted to know what it was like years later for the mothers and fathers and siblings of soldiers I had written about and how they had adjusted or if they ever did. I had to tell her and her daughter sitting across from me that I never met anyone who had reached a point of total acceptance. The most vivid memory I had was of an 82-year-old Texas man whose oldest brother was one of nine boys from the tiny farming village of Praha who left for World War II. All nine of them died in different theaters of battle in the final year. But this 82 year old man said he was still expecting his big brother, who had died over sixty years ago, to come walking in the door looking like he had the day he left.

There are things worth fighting for. And there are even some worth dying for. But Iraq is not one of them. And none of us asked enough questions when it came time to send the Casey Sheehan's of the country into the desert hell of Iraq. More of us ought to be asking the questions now because it is just as important now as it was the day the war was launched. But we at least have Cindy Sheehan to do our asking. There are mothers' sons out there who will live full lives because the pressure being created by Cindy Sheehan will accelerate the end of this absurd American involvement in Iraq.

In every standoff there comes a time when the tide will turn in one direction. In our culture, these moments are palpable because a complicated question has been rendered into a simple confrontation between the just and the unjust, the big guy and the little guy, the powerful and the weak. And we all know who Americans choose in those kinds of fights. Cindy Sheehan, with her soft voice and steely determination, has given us a simple choice. We can stand with a mother who doesn't want other mothers to suffer the way she is suffering; or we can side with a president who offers us platitudes instead of exit strategies and unfounded optimism instead of honest logic. I'm on Cindy's side.

I choose to believe that Cindy Sheehan is proving to us again that America still functions as a democracy. Power and the presidency are still accountable to the Cindy Sheehan's of our country. She is helping a lot of otherwise disconnected people realize that this president has made a mistake with Iraq and his refusal to acknowledge that mistake is leading to more death. And I am certain that Casey is proud of his mother.

Every other American ought to be, too.


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I am very proud of Casey's mother.

I said it to a friend last night. I said that if Kerry and Edwards had stood on the day after the election and asked every American who cared about Democracy to go to their State Capital Building or to Ohio and not leave until every vote was counted and every irregularity investigated, that we would not be where we are now.

There are moments when decisions must be made and all we wait for are leaders to call us to action. Sometimes those leaders are resolute politicians with agendas, and sometimes they are simply brave and true and honest like Cindy.

This, my fellow Americans, whether you are a Republican, a Demoncrat, an Independent, a Socialist, a Green or a Libertarian is one of those moments. You are being called to stand for your Democracy and go to a small town in Texas and demand answers from your REPRESENTATIVE government that has forgotten that they represent other than the Plan for a New American Century.

To Crawford! NOW!

1000 by 8/17/2005.
10,000 by 8/25/2005.
100,000 by 9/1/2005.
By Labor Day, we might have our Democracy back.


Charlie L
Portland, OR

And that is a noble goal Charlie!!! If every American understood what we are for, then every American would be in Crawford asking "What is his 'noble cause'?". We are against the PNAC oil pirates, and we are for our American DEMOCRACY to be back. Thank you , God, for showing us the way.

I was against the war before being against the war was cool!

Although I do not take pleasure in being able to say I told you so (well maby a little pleqasure)but the fact is the majority of Americans initially supported this war as did the overwhelming majority of congress, and congress still continues to provide funding to keep the war going. It kind of makes you wonder exactly how stupid people are. I am just some schmuck living in the Sonoran desert of Arizona and I get my news the same place everyone else does, and I had absolutely no problem figuring out that the drum beats to war were all lies and bull shit, and I had a pretty good idea what would happen if a christian western nation tried to ocupy a muslim Arab country; hint, look at what has been going on in Israel for the last 50 years.

All you had to do was look at the facts, and the facts were that we literally had this country militarialy surrounded, our fighters and bombers were flying over Iraq every day bombing anything they wanted whenever they wanted and Saddam was powerless to stop them. The UN inspectors were back in the country going anywhere they wanted whenever they wanted and were finding nothing, zip, zilch, nada. You did not need to be a rocket scientist to se that this sorry excuse for a country was no threat to the United States. The majority of Americans and congress were bambozoled by this slick little huckster from Podunck, Texas, this war is a disaster just like we said it would be.


You're one of us! What's Us you ask? We're the people who saw the light so to speak and knew before the war that Bush was lying. I agree with everything you said, I saw Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, Wolfolwitz, Perle, etc. All in the march up to war, but the inspectors and anyone else in the know were saying the opposite about Iraq. So if you just looked and listened, the information was there that this was all a great big lie! So why to this day can't the Congress, Democrats, media, etc. see it for what it is and say so? I believe the only way to pull this off was if there were a Pearl Harbor type disaster to keep people scared. 9/11 ??? Kind of makes you wonder how convienent that it turned out to be for the neocons doesn't it. Finally, kudos to the Rolling Stones for comming out with the song My Sweet Neocon ripping the administration. Now if other groups had the balls to do the same maybe we would get some good protests songs back on the radio like during the Vietnam era!

There are things worth fighting for. And there are even some worth dying for. But Iraq is not one of them.

Quoting from a speech given by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC: "War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives."

And from a second speech by the same U.S. General: " I helped make Mexico, and especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenue in. I helped in the raping of half-a-dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers and Co. in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras "right" for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested. ... Looking back on it, I feel that I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate a racket in three city districts. The Marines operated on three continents."

Many of you seem to think that George W Bush is a new phenomenon and that the PNAC is a unique divergence from the "altruistic" America that existed in the past. As an "outsider", I would argue that the only real change is in some of the public reaction. And that seems largely due to the Internet as MSM jingoism is nothing new either.


George "Shit For Brains" Bush, making the world safe for Haliburton!

I think "Uncle Dick" has the job of making the world safe for Haliburton and the stench is getting worse.

I'm not quite sure what Wee Georgie is trying to make it safe for, or whether he even knows himself. But it sure as heck ain't getting safer for ordinary Americans or for U.S. troops -- or for any of the rest of the world for that matter.

Thank you for sourcing your comments, A Canadian. It has opened up a whole new area of research for me & probably for many others.

There are a lot of mixed feelings for many of us who did out best to defeat Bush in 2004 only to see Kerry accept defeat like it was a predetermined outcome (which it was). It was a fight that still has me feeling worn down, disappointed, and out of sympathy for those who helped "re-elect" a proven liar, fraud, chickenhawk, zionist, fascist, and self-righteous puppet of the globalists.

The draining and exhausting result comes from trying (or even needing) to convince people, including my relatives, of the faults and arrogance of the Bush administration. Many times I had to ask myself how anyone would want to risk their life for a country of arrogant, ungodly fools who would support invading countries on a false pretest, and finding that it is run by CFR zionists regardless of elections.

Since the 2004 election, I have continued to research the significane of what is going in this country and the facts support an ongoing program to destroy the USA and reduce it from a country to a county under the United Nations as part of the New World Order of global government. What people cannot grasp is that these globalists have no ethics, no morals, no conscience, and no financial or legal limitations. They are the ultimate existentialists using their ends to justify their means.

However, Cindy Sheehan is doing what more Americans should be doing, standing up to a heartless administration for the most honorable reason of them all, love. Those of us who understand the true nature of this battle as spiritual, still need to take what action we can to regain accountability from and control of this "representative" government before it permanently enslaves us. We need all of heros like Cindy we can find, and the trash talking Neo-Cons need finish the rest of their "kool-aid".

uh???? you mean the 375 hour pilot of 20 ton interceptor jets (ahem!) now is piloting a bicycle? sheese! I don't know, the complication of
the bicycle is something that a flatliner no doubt can't possibly appreciate. best guess about leaving the S.S. men (sword swallowers) behind him is that he was breaking wind the whole time and he knew that
in that heat, methane can displace oxygen in your bloodstream.

but to the point, he's got alot on his mind. His pending INDICTMENT,
an IMPEACHMENT HEARING, and god knows, probably doing the 'nixon wave'
as he board Marine UNO for the last time (sorry marines, didn't mean to
drag you guys into this, before you became his MERCENARY FORCE you once
had impeccable honor......till you became the tool of this pecker...

but it'll be nice to see this farce and world wrecking demon get a nice fat indictment, conviction, and then, no doubt wrangle a pardon so he can live the rest of his un-natural life out on the taxpayer's dime (in the lap of luxury reaped by his Halliburton friends).

C'ya, george! Tis a matter of time before you're INDICTED, CONVICTED, and IMPEACHED FOR WAR CRIMES!!!!!!!!!!

Damages have neen done. We all know now that the US is in deep deficit/debt. The economy, despite the right-wing propaganda, is *not* healthy in the long term - not even in the short term. The war in Iraq has been depeleting human, natural, and other resources much needed in this country. We are, under the leadership of this current administration, is heading to a checkmate point, where the US will become a laugh of other nations and all American will walk around with their face down. Is this what YOU wish for this country? If the answer is "NO", then do something in your personal capacity. Cindy has started hers. We all should do ours before there is no home, no family, no country left to come home to. It's better to put out the fire in the kitchen before it destroy your house.

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