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Niagara Falls Reporter

The President of the United States, who lacked the courage to serve his country during the Vietnam War, has once again shown his cowardice. Scores of brave American soldiers have given their lives since he went on vacation a couple of weeks ago. And yet, when the mother of one of our war dead -- Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed awhile back in Sadr City -- showed up at his Texas ranch asking to speak to him, he didn't even have the cojones to ask her in for a cup of coffee.

Instead, he had Karl Rove contact the Drudge Report and other sleazy news outlets across the land with a couple of comments Mrs. Sheehan made to her hometown paper in Vacaville, Calif., shortly after her son's death. Taken out of context, the quotes make her look like she spoke in favor of Bush and his dirty little war. On reading the full interview, however, it is clear that, from the beginning, she thought her son had died for nothing and was -- as we all might in such a situation -- just trying to be polite to the president.

What a coward. What a pathetic excuse for a man. To refuse to meet with, and then attempt to slime, a Gold Star Mother. It's inexcusable. In fact, it's beyond inexcusable.

The moral high ground in this, of course, belongs to Cindy Sheehan and the other mothers of dead soldiers who have joined her on her vigil down in Texas. It clearly does not belong to George W. Bush, who shirked his military commitment at a time when "wimps" like Al Gore and John Kerry were getting shot at in Southeast Asia.

Mrs. Sheehan, a Catholic youth minister for eight years, says the war is unjust, immoral and was predicated on a pack of lies emanating from the Bush administration. She is, of course, correct. No evidence has been produced to show a link between the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks against the United States and the regime of Saddam Hussein, and the question of whether the Iraqis were in possession of weapons of mass destruction was resolved a couple of years ago.

They weren't, by the way, despite Colin Powell's masterful deception at the United Nations.

Our president is a coward who lied us into a war we can't possibly win. The blood of more than 1,850 American soldiers, 195 allied troops and at least 25,000 Iraqis is on his hands.

As the writer Juan Cole noted recently, "The war in Iraq is over, and the winner is ... Iran."

Niagara Falls Reporter
Aug. 16 2005


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Let it be known in history, that Bush will go down in history, along with Caligula, Ivan the Terrible, King Henry the VIII, Mussolini and Hitler, and he will be known as THE YELLOW COWARD OF TEXAS.

Bush is the ultimate mental midgit. He goes around like my little nephew-all puffed up with his arms out ready to go for his gun. He even wears the costume when he's in Crawford! Bushy, always playing the cowboy. Life must be fun when you're always playing cowboy. Too bad so many of our good people have lost their lives for Georges fun and games. What an Asshole!

If Bush meets with Cindy, I expect him to meet with EVERY American that has a personal beef with him. Cindy meeting with Bush sets a precedence that the president must meet with any citizen who has a concern. For consistency, all corporate CEOs, CFOs, and COOs should also follow step. Just because you are at the top does not mean you are too busy to consult with the customer. Mr. Bush must speak with everybody one-on-one. The internet could be used to set up a schedule to do this. Every president following Mr. Bush should do the same. Heck, it could be put in the Constitution right where it describes the State of the Union!

Is Bush Out of Control?

Capitol Hill Blue/DOUG THOMPSON | August 15 2005

Buy beleaguered, overworked White House aides enough drinks and they tell a sordid tale of an administration under siege, beset by bitter staff infighting and led by a man whose mood swings suggest paranoia bordering on schizophrenia.

They describe a President whose public persona masks an angry, obscenity-spouting man who berates staff, unleashes tirades against those who disagree with him and ends meetings in the Oval Office with “get out of here!

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