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Slight Majority Say Bush Should Meet With Sheehan


Survey Suggests Mother's Actions Have Little Impact on War Views
By Richard Morin, Washington Post Staff Writer

Slightly more than half of the country says President Bush should meet with Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed last year in Iraq, who is leading a protest against the war outside Bush's ranch in Crawford, Tex., according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The survey found that 52 percent of the public says Bush should talk to Sheehan, who has repeatedly asked for a meeting with the president, while 46 percent said he should not. Fifty-three percent support what she is doing while 42 percent oppose her actions, according to the poll.

Sheehan began her protest three weeks ago, four days after Bush began a five-week vacation at his Crawford ranch. She has repeatedly demanded that Bush meet with her to discuss the war. The two met last year at an event for military families, and Bush has repeatedly declined another meeting. Recently Sheehan announced plans to embark on a bus tour after protesters break camp later this week. The bus tour will end in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24 with a 24-hour vigil.

Like the war and Bush's overall handling of the situation in Iraq, attitudes toward Sheehan divide along sharply partisan lines. Seven in 10 Democrats say they support Sheehan's position on Iraq while an equal proportion of Republicans oppose her.

In the three weeks since she began her protest, Sheehan has quickly become the most visible symbol of the anti-war movement. Fully three in four Americans say they have read or heard about Sheehan and her protest.

The survey also suggests, however, that Sheehan's anti-war vigil has failed to mobilize large numbers of Americans against the war. If anything, her opposition has done as much to drive up support for the war as ignite opponents, the survey found.

Eight in 10 Americans--including overwhelming majorities of Democrats, Republicans and political independents--say Sheehan's protest has had no impact on their attitudes toward Iraq. While one in 10 say she has made them less likely to support the war, the same proportion say she has made them more likely to back the conflict.

A total of 1,006 randomly selected adults were interviewed by telephone Aug. 25 through 28 for this national survey. The margin of sampling error for the overall results is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Additional results from this Post-ABC News poll will be available at 5 p.m. today at washingtonpost.com

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TEMPORARY BAND-AIDS ON MORTAL WOUNDS!

The first Afghanistan election was deemed a milestone and a fair election DESPITE threats bribery, and disappearing Ink! My post yesterday shows the upcoming election to be no better!

We defeated the Taliban, well, not so fast! After going underground, reports out of Afghanistan show they are back. A 2% reduction in the land of the poppies doesn’t show much progress.

In Iraq people have forgotten the election and are more worried about life and limb and breathing the air that still has continuous bombing and weaponry adding to the contamination of a country. The Constitution is in danger, and even if the extreme pressure and covert money gets it approved, it will not help the Iraqis. The insurgency is stronger then ever and they will not go away.

Bush and even some so-called Moderate Democrat leaders still support the rapidly deteriorating Iraq War. Is that easier for them then admitting like, George W. Bush, it was a mistake? These milestones Bush and his supporters claim are stepping stones that are all slippery and we are bound to fall off any of them!

DESPITE THE BUSH AND MEDIA HYPE EVERYDAY, how long will it take before Americans accept the fact that more death, more money, and more destruction will not help this Bush blunder? How long before we are forced to admit, that all along, we have been applying band-aids to mortal wounds and the prognosis is that neither patience nor time will bring a recovery? The Bush record is one of failure, it is time to bring the troops home. It is time to support the leaders who will represent the people and can look at new solutions with new eyes!

Those media mavens are great. The WP headline after the last election was simply "Bush Wins Second Term". No "slight majority" (51% to 48%) mentioned in that case.

Here's a new headline for them: Backing for Sheehan Exceeds Bush Majority

The only reason the US SOLDIERS are in AFGHANISTAN is to KILL TALIBAN that gets in our way of the TAPS PIPELINE business = democracy.

That TAPS PIPELINE is so very important to BUSH you have no idea. Why do you think BUSH AND CO is so cozy (jumping into the bed) with INDIA and PAKISTAN? It is all logistics to get the oil out as cheap as possible without having RUSSIA or other countries having oil control over USA! Mean while back at the ranch he has pissed off every foreign country of which is DUMPING THE DOLLAR! (no longer the world reserve currency)

IT is TAPS all the way to the CASPIAN SEA with a window dressing of DEMOCRACY!

DEMOCRACY = TAPS PIPELINE = OIL = DOLLAR DAMAGE v EURO = DEFICIT.

tick tick tick

The Taliban had pretty much stopped the Afghanistan opium production.
Once we "liberated them", these fields immediately went back to full production with bumper crops.

Yesterday, the associated press quoted United Nations "anti-drug chief", Antonio Maria Costa as saying, "it could take anotehr 20 years to eradicate opium from the impoverished country - despite the recent injection of hundreds of millions in foreign aid to fight the world's biggest drug industry."

Afghanistan is estimated to produce 87 percent of the world's supply of opium and heroin.

The "anti-drug" money from the US, Britain and other coutries is used to train police (and outfit them with lots of weapons), to destroy laboratories (maverick independents, I'm sure), arrest smugglers (outside the 'syndicate'), and destroy opium crops and to help farmers grow legal crops (you don't grow for US, you don't grow for anybody, capice?).

Cui bono? - Who benefits?

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