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Time for a mom?

Brattleboro Reformer (Vermont)

He's had time to go fishing.

He's had time to go on a two-hour bike ride.

He's had time to watch a Little League baseball game.

He's had time to take naps, catch up on his reading and go to Republican fund-raisers.

What President Bush hasn't had time for this month is a meeting with the grieving mother of a soldier killed in Iraq.

Bush was asked by reporters over the weekend why he had time for bike rides and fund-raisers but no time to meet with Cindy Sheehan, the California mother who has been camped outside the gates of Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, since Aug. 6.

His answer? "I think it's important for me to be thoughtful and sensitive to those who have got something to say. But I think it's also important for me to go on with my life, to keep a balanced life. I think the people want the president to be in a position to make good, crisp decisions and to stay healthy. And part of my being is to be outside exercising."

Those words drip with arrogance.

They are the words of someone who thinks he is above the rest of us, who doesn't have to or want to be held accountable by one mother who wants to know why her son had to die in a war that has turned out to be a fraud.

Casey Sheehan was killed in an attack in Baghdad on April 4, 2004, five days after he arrived in Iraq. His mother wants to ask one question of Bush, a question shared by nearly 2,000 American families.

"What did my son die for?"

Cindy Sheehan told reporters recently that Bush said "my son died for a 'noble cause' and I want to ask him what that noble cause is. ... You tell me the truth. You tell me that my son died for oil. You tell me that my son died to make your friends rich. You tell me my son died to spread the cancer of Pax Americana, imperialism in the Middle East. You tell me that, you don't tell me my son died for freedom and democracy."

Americans are growing more disgusted by the day with the lack of leadership and straight answers by the Bush administration. They see a war without end in Iraq, a war based on lies and wishful thinking.

And into this void stepped Cindy Sheehan. One woman, standing in the hot Texas sun, demanding answers from a man who believes he is accountable to no one. (That hot Texas sun is heating up the concerns of local residents, too. This evening, some area residents plan to show their support for Sheehan during a vigil at 7:30 at Wells Fountain on Main Street in Brattleboro.)

Cindy Sheehan has vowed to stay in Crawford until Aug. 31 or until Bush meets with her, whichever comes first. She may never get her meeting with President Bush. She may never get a straight answer from him. But Sheehan and her growing band of supporters aren't going to be going away any time soon. They have given voice to the millions who demand an end to this war.


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President Bush realizes a waste of time when he sees one... Cindy Sheehan is that waste of time, aswell as energy and resources. Save everyone from her far left garbage and send her home.

Good Luck when you are SITTING in the UNEMPLOYMENT line in 2007-2008. Just remember you were told in 2005.

And I'm sure you want to GIVE THANKS by sending BUSH a Thank You card in 2008.

You best educate yourself on economics / currency real fast!

All is fair game in the "US DOLLAR WORLD CURRENCY WAR"

And if you don't work presently and are retired ..........wait till you see your 401K portfolio in 2008.

Have you completely run out of supplied talking points? Your efforts are getting really repetitious and totally boring. If you can't come up with anything more original, just give it up and send yourself home to your playroom.

Bush realizes nothing,and if you think a mother speaking up for her dead son and a country in an unwinnable war is a waste of time you are as morally bankrupt as your Emperor.And further more my son Robert , First Calvary ,supports Cindy Sheehan so if you want to call he and I far left garbage use your real name and say it to my face. You can't say it to Robert as he is going back for tour #2, how have you served your country?

As a conservative even I feel that your comment is way out of line. Even if you don't agree with Cindy, how can you say something like that. I don't agree with what Cindy is saying at all, but she does have the freedom of speech. But to all the liberals out there, George Bush also has the freedom to not listen if he doesn't want to.

As the President he doesn't have the right to not listen to over 60 % of the country. His job includes the responsibility to listen and take heed of what is said.Bush is so arogent that he doesn't realize his actions now will negatively impact republicans coming up for election , which is fine by me.We had a better economy with Clinton than the last three republican presidents.

Bush unfortunately is not competent to answer her questions and prefers to continue living with his head in the sand for the illegal war he purposely started. But, your sensible response to the Right wing nut is appreciated.

I sincerely hope that you have signed up to fight in Iraq, along with your Republican supporters and their sons/daughters...Support the war you so strongly believe in that you would insult a grieving Mother. She is so loving, she would even mourn your loss in that illegal war. Maybe some of us would not. She is a better person than me and doing what she feels is best. Many people agree with HER. Not you, and your chicken hawk friends.

My message of

Good Luck when you are SITTING in the UNEMPLOYMENT line in 2007-2008. Just remember you were told in 2005.

is directed to " anonymous poster" who is PRO BUSH that posted on Wed, 2005-08-17 10:50.

yours truly,
currency trader

The Iraq war was started for shamefully vague reasons.

And if another country became a very very powerful country and sent troops over to America to invade, would America give up the fight?

If your mother or brother was killed in such a war, would you ever give up the fight?

So explain to me why you might expect Iraqis and defenders of the Iraqi people to give up the fight?

How arrogant that the Bush administration thought they could conduct a quick and neat war. War is never quick and neat.

Bush said the war on terror could last for years and years. He said the war in Iraq would be over quickly.

Please don't reply to this post by confusing Iraq and Al Qu'ida. Please try to be a little more educated than that.

You don't get revenge on Al Qu'ida by attacking Iraq. Just like you don't get revenge on Al Qu'ida by attacking Spain.

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