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Bush Challenged in Utah and Idaho


Institute for Public Accuracy
915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
(202) 347-0020 * http://www.accuracy.org * ipa@accuracy.org
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PM Monday, August 22, 2005

* Bush Challenged in Utah and Idaho
* Iraqi Constitution

CELESTE ZAPPALA, czappala1@yahoo.com, http://www.gsfp.org
Currently in Utah, Zappala is available for a very limited number of
interviews. Her oldest son, Pennsylvania National Guardsman Sgt. Sherwood
Baker, was killed in Baghdad in April 2004 while protecting the Iraq Survey
Group, which was looking for weapons of mass destruction. She is a
co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace. Her article headlined "Dust
Devils and Grief in Crawford," co-written with her son Dante, appeared in
the Philadelphia Inquirer on Aug. 14 of this year. See:
.

AARON DAVIS, JanRDavis@msn.com, http://www.veteransforpeace.org
NATE SMITH, http://www.mfso.org
The Salt Lake Tribune recently reported that Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky
Anderson called for protests during President Bush's appearance Monday
before a national veterans convention. "This administration has been
disastrous to the country," Anderson said.
The president of the Salt Lake City chapter of Veterans for Peace,
Davis said today: "We are protesting the Bush agenda of these aggressive
wars; we support the troops, let's bring them home now, and treat them
right when they come back." Smith is a member of Military Families Speak Out.

CHUCK DAVIS, chuckdavis83638@yahoo.com
After his stay in Salt Lake City, Bush is going to Idaho to the
Tamarack Resort. Davis is a member of the local group Valley County
Citizens for Peace, which will be holding a peace rally this evening in
Donnelly, Idaho, the town nearest to the resort.

HOUZAN MAHMOUD, houzan73@yahoo.co.uk, http://www.equalityiniraq.com/english.htm
Mahmoud is the U.K. head of the Organization of Women's Freedom in
Iraq. She wrote the article "Iraq Must Reject a Constitution that Enslaves
Women," which appears in today's edition of the London-based Independent,
available at:
.

VERA BEAUDIN SAEEDPOUR, kurdishlib@aol.com,
http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1109
Saeedpour is editor of Kurdish Life and founder of the Kurdish Library.
She can comment on the Kurdish role in Iraq and other crucial issues.

ANTONIA JUHASZ, antoniajuhasz@gmail.com,
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-juhasz14aug14,0,118...
Juhasz wrote the recent piece "Bush's Economic Invasion of Iraq" for
the Los Angeles Times, in which she stated: "What hasn't been on the table
[in the constitution process] is at least as important to the formation of
a new Iraq: the country's economic structure. The Bush administration has
succeeded in maintaining a stranglehold on issues such as public versus
private ownership of resources, foreign access to Iraqi oil and U.S.
control of the reconstruction effort -- all of which are still governed by
administration policies put into place immediately after the invasion. The
Bush economic agenda favors foreign interests -- American interests -- over
Iraqi self-determination." Juhasz is a Foreign Policy In Focus scholar and
the author of the forthcoming book "The Bush Agenda: Invading the World,
One Economy at a Time."

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167

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The disgusting, politically motivated smear campaign being conducted against Cindy Sheehan only proves that our fraudulent president and his fool's chorus of defenders are running scared. The undeniable truth is about to destroy their house of cards, and their desperation has reduced them to the new low of trashing the mother of a dead soldier who dares to publicly ask George W. Bush a very simple question:

"What is the 'noble cause' that you claim my son and all the others have died for, Mr. President?"

Claims by Bush, his subordinates and his blind followers that Cindy Sheehan's anti-war crusade shows a lack of support for the troops, hurts their morale, and dishonors the memory of those that have paid the ultimate price is nothing more than pathetically disingenuous political spin.

There can actually be no greater show of support for our troops than streets filled with fellow citizens demanding that they be brought home and not made to fight a war waged on the lies of a corrupt administration.

Every ounce of blood spilled in Iraq is on George W. Bush's hands. His lips know no public truth about this unnecessary disaster. He and his war mongering minions are the ones showing no respect for the troops, damaging their morale and dishonoring the memory of every single dead soldier.

You would think that if the war criminal in chief were trying to sell America a fraudulent military conflict he would at least try to make sure the troops had everything they needed. Instead we have families spending their own money on essential communication equipment for the troops that the military has failed to provide.

We can only speculate about how many of the dead would be alive today if the people responsible for sending them into battle had seen to it that they were properly equipped.

More than two years into the Iraq disaster, troops are still forced to add plywood and sand bags to their unarmored Humvees for extra protection. The problem with this improvisation and the bolt on armor kits that have been provided in some cases is that the underside of the vehicle is left unprotected from roadside bombs, which of course are the cause of most troop deaths.

But no expense is spared, of course, to make sure that Pentagon and State Department employees and Congressional delegations are riding in nothing but the best armored vehicles when they visit Iraq.

All the flowery presidential rhetoric in the world cannot overcome the glaring evidence that the people on the front lines are considered to be nothing more than pawns of war by the fascist Bush administration.

His completely dishonest recruiter aside, Casey Sheehan did indeed make his own choice, as an adult, to join the military, and it is reasonable to assume that he was aware of the risks. This does not, however, give his commander in chief cart blanche to put his life at risk for nothing more than the advancement of his own political agenda.

This is why Cindy Sheehan and other parents of troops who took their last breath in the Bush-created hellhole that is Iraq are so angry and speaking out so forcefully. They are not anti-America. They are not against the troops. They are actually better patriots than George W. Bush or any of his blind supporters could ever hope to be, because they have the nerve to live up to their responsibility as citizens of this great country by demanding accountability of their president. Unlike so many misguided Bush supporters, they have not forgotten that it's the president that works for the people, and not the other way around.

To suggest that the anger of Cindy and her supporters and fellow military families is somehow not justified is to close one's eyes to the unavoidable truth. Their loved ones died not for freedom or democracy or to ensure the safety of their fellow countrymen. They died for a pile of blatantly obvious lies told by the president of the United States of America.

If you are a parent or loved one of a soldier killed in Iraq that still supports George W. Bush, I am doubly sorry for you.

John Perry
http://www.johnperryonline.com

We weren't the ones chanting "We don't care! We don’t' care!" to the mother who lost her son.

We weren't the ones running our pick-up truck over the memorial crosses for the fallen soldiers who served their country with such dignity and by doing so, spitting on their memory.

No, those people were "patriotic" and "America-loving" right-win Republicans.

Let's just not let them forget THAT! EVER!!!

Have the "pundits" struck out against those people and smeared THEM and anybody who ever knew them or said anything good about them?

Charlie L
Portland, OR
CLL2001@gmail.com

"If you are a parent or loved one of a soldier killed in Iraq that still supports George W. Bush, I am doubly sorry for you."

John, as a Gold Star Mom, I think I need to say something. Sometimes a parent needs to feel there is a reason for their child dying in this war and it is beyond them, in their grief, to doubt the leader of their country would purposely put their child in harm's way without a good reason. They could not handle the death otherwise. We need to let these parents have their grief and believe their children died for a noble cause whether we agree with them or not. Someday, it may take years, hopefully they'll be able to see for themselves. Until then, we love them and support them in their grief.

In Peace & Solidarity,
Amy Branham

"If you are a parent or loved one of a soldier killed in Iraq that still supports George W. Bush, I am doubly sorry for you."

John, as a Gold Star Mom, I think I need to say something. Sometimes a parent needs to feel there is a reason for their child dying in this war and it is beyond them, in their grief, to doubt the leader of their country would purposely put their child in harm's way without a good reason. They could not handle the death otherwise. We need to let these parents have their grief and believe their children died for a noble cause whether we agree with them or not. Someday, it may take years, hopefully they'll be able to see for themselves. Until then, we love them and support them in their grief.

In Peace & Solidarity,
Amy Branham

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