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Parents Of Fallen Marine Make Plea To Bush


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland family of Marine killed in Iraq says President Bush needs to create a plan that will bring the troops home.

The day after burying their son, parents of a fallen Marine stood on their front lawn and urged President Bush to either properly support the troops in Iraq or withdraw them.

"We feel you either have to fight this war right or get out," Rosemary Palmer, mother of Lance Cpl. Edward Schroeder II, said Tuesday.

Schroeder was buried Monday.

Schroeder died two weeks ago in a roadside explosion, one of 16 Ohio-based Marines killed recently in Iraq, including five Tri-state soldiers.

Palmer says the war is not going well and that changes have to be made.

She says the troops either need more support or they need to be pulled out of Iraq.

At a news conference at their home on Tuesday, Palmer and her husband applauded Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier who has posted herself outside Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, for bringing the war to the public's attention.

"We consider her the Rosa Parks of the new movement opposing the Iraq war," Palmer said.

Paul Schroeder said his son and other Marines were being misused as a stabilizing force in Iraq.

"Our comments are not just those of grieving parents," Schroeder said. "They are based on anger, Mr. President, not grief. Anger is an honest emotion when someone's family has been violated."

Palmer accused the president of digging himself into a foxhole in a war gone bad and refusing to make changes.

"Whether he leads them out by putting more troops on the ground or pulling them out -- he can't just let it continue," she said.

White House spokesman Allen Abney declined comment other than to refer to Bush's remarks at a news conference Thursday in which Bush said, "Pulling troops out prematurely will betray the Iraqis. Our mission in Iraq, as I said earlier, is to fight the terrorists, is to train the Iraqis."

The Ohio couple have long opposed the war and tried to dissuade their son from joining the Marines, but have made their views public only since his death.

On Tuesday they urged Americans to voice their opposition to the war.

"We want to point out that 30 people have died since our son. Are people listening?" said Palmer, noting the military casualties since Schroeder was killed August 3.

More than 1,800 servicemen and women have been killed in the war.

Dozens of people, including several holding large American flags, lined the streets leading to the funeral for Schroeder, 23-years-old, known to friends and family as "Augie" based on his middle name of August.

"Yesterday, it was Augie's day and we didn't want to intrude upon his day with politics," Palmer said. "We have to move on and keep his spirit alive by helping to protect his buddies who are still out there."

The couple spoke firmly and emotionally but without tears to the cameras assembled at their modest two-story home.

The sounds of a neighbor boy riding a Big Wheel filled the silent pauses as they spoke.

One motorist stopped in front of the house -- a red and yellow Marine Corps flag mounted on it -- to stare.

A number of candlelight vigils are planned Wednesday night to support Sheehan.

Palmer said she didn't know if she would attend one.

Schroeder displayed photos of his son on posterboards -- being cradled the day he was born; a blond boy eating corn on the cob; the last photo the couple received of him -- smiling in uniform holding a Pepsi can and a rifle.

Their son went to Iraq filled with optimism about the mission but gradually became disillusioned with the war's progress, his parents said.

"He said the longer it went on the less and less worth it it seemed," Palmer said. "They're not doing the job right now. It's not the fault of the troops. It's the fault of the plan."

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How many times have I have written and said to parents how sorry I am for their loss? We grieve with you. And, I know you will stand shoulder to shoulder with Cindy. God bless you both.

In Viet Nam we were arguing over the size and shape of a table. I offer to you, in this war, we have the size of an ego to overcome.

Dems must take back congress in 2006.

WE THE PEOPLE must take back our country now.
The politicians who voted for the Patriot Act voted AGAINST our Constitution..voted to TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHTS!! Nowhere in the Constituition does it say that the PEOPLES CONSTITUTIONAL rights must be cicumvented during a time of war or conflict.
These people must all be held accountable.
Did they NOT taken a solemn oath to "preserve and protect the Constitution"?
They must resign.
The PEOPLE must take back the country from these fascists tyrants who have stolen our freedom.

The writer is correct. The President and every one of his sycophantic parrots on Capitol Hill have betrayed their SWORN DUTY to PRESERVE, PROTECT and DEFEND the Constitution of the United States.

It is then the duty of the PEOPLE, as citizens of this great country to take notice, stand up and SPEAK OUT . We need to remind all these power-mad, greed-driven, influence peddling politicos who they REALLY work for.

If anybody gives you grief about showing a lack of respect for our "leaders", remind them that respect is TWO-WAY STREET.

We elect these people. We put them in office. They operate with OUR TAX DOLLARS. THEY work for US. THEY are answerable to US. If we have problems and questions, it is the job of our ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES to address and answer them. DIRECTLY.

And if any one of these representatives lies to the people in order to further ANY kind of self-serving political agenda, ESPECIALLY when thousands of our own people are paying for the lies WITH THEIR LIVES, the rest of us MUST respond and act swiftly to REMOVE these traitors from office and see to it that they prosecuted to thefulest extent of the law.

We need to fight back NOW while we still can.

The writer is correct. The President and every one of his sycophantic parrots on Capitol Hill have betrayed their SWORN DUTY to PRESERVE, PROTECT and DEFEND the Constitution of the United States.

It is then the duty of the PEOPLE, as citizens of this great country to take notice, stand up and SPEAK OUT . We need to remind all these power-mad, greed-driven, influence peddling politicos who they REALLY work for.

If anybody gives you grief about showing a lack of respect for our "leaders", remind them that respect is TWO-WAY STREET.

We elect these people. We put them in office. They operate with OUR TAX DOLLARS. THEY work for US. THEY are answerable to US. If we have problems and questions, it is the job of our ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES to address and answer them. DIRECTLY.

And if any one of these representatives lies to the people in order to further ANY kind of self-serving political agenda, ESPECIALLY when thousands of our own people are paying for the lies WITH THEIR LIVES, the rest of us MUST respond and act swiftly to REMOVE these traitors from office and see to it that they prosecuted to thefulest extent of the law.

We need to fight back NOW while we still can.

The writer is correct. The President and every one of his sycophantic parrots on Capitol Hill have betrayed their SWORN DUTY to PRESERVE, PROTECT and DEFEND the Constitution of the United States.

It is then the duty of the PEOPLE, as citizens of this great country to take notice, stand up and SPEAK OUT . We need to remind all these power-mad, greed-driven, influence peddling politicos who they REALLY work for.

If anybody gives you grief about showing a lack of respect for our "leaders", remind them that respect is TWO-WAY STREET.

We elect these people. We put them in office. They operate with OUR TAX DOLLARS. THEY work for US. THEY are answerable to US. If we have problems and questions, it is the job of our ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES to address and answer them. DIRECTLY.

And if any one of these representatives lies to the people in order to further ANY kind of self-serving political agenda, ESPECIALLY when thousands of our own people are paying for the lies WITH THEIR LIVES, the rest of us MUST respond and act swiftly to REMOVE these traitors from office and see to it that they prosecuted to thefulest extent of the law.

We need to fight back NOW while we still can.

The writers are correct. We need to clean out the entire barn. Republican versus Democrat has become an artificial boundary. Most of the folks in DC work for large corporations and act accordingly. We need people who work for us.

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