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It Was the Oil, Stupid


By Cindy Sheehan
Day 25
The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford

"If Zarqawi and bin Laden gain control of Iraq, they would create a new training ground for future terrorist attacks," Bush said. "They'd seize oil fields to fund their ambitions. They could recruit more terrorists by claiming a historic victory over the United States and our coalition."(George Bush, August 30, 2005 in San Diego.)

So it is official, Casey had his blood shed in Iraq for OIL. He died so we could pay over 3.00/gallon for gas. Like I suspected all along, my dear, sweet son: almost 1900 others; and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis died so the oil fields wouldn't "fall into the hands of terrorists" and so George and his immoral band of greedy robber barons could become wealthier. Like I have said all along: how can these people sleep at night and how can they choke down their food knowing it is purchased off of the flesh and blood of others? We have found our "Noble Cause." And it is OIL. This man and his handlers need to be stopped.

Well, George and I are leaving Crawford today. George is finished playing golf and telling his fables in San Diego , so he will be heading to Louisiana to see the devastation that his environmental policies and his killing policies have caused. Recovery would be easier and much quicker if almost ½ of the three states involved National Guard were not in Iraq. All of the National Guard's equipment is in Iraq also. Plus, with the 2 billion dollars a week that the private contractors are siphoning from our treasury, how are we going to pay for helping our own citizens in Louisiana , Mississippi, and Alabama? And, should I dare say "global warming?" and be branded as a "conspiracy theorist" on top of everything else the reich-wingers say about me.

We are now packing up Camp Casey and leaving Crawford and heading to George's place of employment. He wouldn't talk to us, his employers, while we were here to give him his "job evaluation," so we must go to him to have our little chat.

I just want to thank a few people and groups for their support, help, and love while we have been here in Crawford. So many people made the Camp Casey experience possible and so successful. If I miss someone, I am so sorry: that is the difficult thing about thanking people. I love you all, even if I don't remember to thank you!!

My sister: Dede Miller: My kids' second mom who is always by my side and supports me 100% in whatever I do. My cause is her cause, and I couldn't do what I do without her.

Carly, Andy, and Janey: Who would love to see more of their mom, but who understand that we are trying to save their future by what we do. I love you guys, and I will see you very, very soon (yea!!) I couldn't do what I do without their love and support.

The Crawford Peace House: I got an email from Hadi Jawad the day that I decided to come and camp in Crawford and he pledged the help and support of the Peace House. At that time, they only had a few bucks in their checking account and the phone was turned off. Now, thanks to America, they have been able to keep Camp Casey going and they will be able to continue their good works indefinitely. Thanks to John Wolf who had the vision for peace in Crawford and I think that Camp Casey was a fulfillment of his vision. They are going to make a garden and call it "The Casey Sheehan Memorial Peace Garden." What a tribute to my son.

Code Pink: Jodie Evans and Tiffany and Alicia were the first ones here on Monday 08/08 to jump in and save me from going crazy and hopping on one of the trains that runs past the Peace House and pulling an "Agatha Christie." Code Pink also worked tirelessly (and I mean tirelessly) outside of Camp Casey.

MoveOn: For organizing the highly successful candlelight vigils.

Lisa Fithian: For all the organizing work she did behind the scenes.

GSFP, IVAW, MFSO, AND VFP: Our organizations with "skin in the game" for all of their support, presence, love, and help.

Bill Mitchell: Bill's son Mike, was KIA in the same battle as Casey and he was the first GSFP member to come to Camp Casey and take some of the heat off of me. He found a new love at Camp Casey (one of our miracles) and I am sooo happy about that. Plus, Bill is one of my most ardent supporters and he just gets in the middle of things, digs in, and helps wherever. I love him and he and his family will be parts of our family forever.

Fred Mattlage: For donating the amazing piece of land for our use that allowed Camp Casey to expand to include thousands.

Air America: The Morning Sedition, Randi Rhodes, Mike Malloy, and Laura Flanders. Thank you for your support . Ed Schultz belongs there, too, although he is not affiliated with Air America Radio. Amy Goodman was here, too!

The bloggers on The Daily Kos (and most bloggers in general): I would read their comments everyday after I posted my diary and I was always heartened and encouraged by their remarks. After all of the negativity, their positivity gave me strength to go on. In addition, the first night we were in Crawford, and being harassed by the SS, they were posting things and getting the word out that we were there alone and defenseless, which may have saved our lives, or saved us from being injured, or harassed out of there.

So many other people: The Camp Casey volunteers…literally hundreds. The more than 10,000 people who came through CC. Ann Wright who kept CC going. Arianna Huffington for her advice and support. Joan Baez who kept CC's spirits alive while I was in California attending to my sick mother. George Bush for not meeting with me on August 6th. Martin Sheen for his support and presence. A.I.M for Dennis Banks and Russell Means. Gary Hart, John Conyers, Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson Lee, Jan Schakowsky, Dennis Kucinich, Frank Pallone, Lynn Woolsey, Chuck Hagel, Ralph Nader, Jim McDermott, Walter Jones, Charlie Rangel and the other politicos who either came to CC, or called me to offer their support and love. I know I am forgetting some, but thanks to you all. Joe Wilson and his family for paving the way for me to be able to ignore and dismiss the reich-wing smear machine who always tried to marginalize and discredit me by exaggerating or twisting my words and lying about me. The clergy who were there with their love and support: Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Rabbi Dennis Shulman; Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Bob Edgars, Rev. Jesse Jackson (who prayed bed time prayers with me), Rita Brock, etc.

There were so many good people who donated money, goods, or services who want to be kept anonymous.

But especially to Americans who resonated with Camp Casey and gave us prayers, support, money, love and most of all hope for the future.

We will take our country back. And it will be a country that we want back.

God Bless America!!!!

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Isn't that astonishing!??? Oh I forgot its not INTELLIGENT "design" right?

yea, it is intelligent... besides, if Darwinism were true, you wouldn't exist.

We are paying $3+/gallon for gas because OIL MEN from America and Saudi Arabia knew that eventually oil would run out and people would invent methods of transportation that do not depend on oil which would hurt them in their wallets. So they looked around and found the biggest moron they could find to be their front man. They promised him that they could get him elected. They promised that he and his VP Dicky Boy would be among the wealthiest men the world had ever known when all was said and done. AND they promised he could take more vacations than any President in history because, you know, he never had a real job and didn't like the idea of having to work all the time. It might put a cramp in his exercise schedule. They taught him how to read a teleprompter, and the rest is history. AND so is our future. That's why we are in Iraq and why innocent people are dying. Greedy bastards who love money and power more than they love anything else. It's really quite simple. One of the really sad aspects of the whole deal is that some Americans are so dense that they LOVE GEORGE even when he couldn't possibly care less if they live or die.

"I love how you people try to quote the Downing Street Memos. It is histarical. A document that was a typed copy of "a photocopy of an origianl document"..."It is a hoax and you know it"

Nice try...do your homework. The Downing Street Memos have names and dates...and these people are still alive.

Have any of Blairs' cabinet members who are quoted in the memos come out to say the memos are a lie? NO

Have any of the participants in the meetings said the memos are a hoax? NO

What did Prime Minister Blair say when he was questioned about the Memos in the House of Commons? He said...the problem with leaked documents is all the focus is on the document and can be taken out of context.
Did he say Lies? NO! Did he say Hoax? NO! Did he say Forgery? NO! Only "out of context"!

Well I would love to hear what "context" is misunderstood. And please don't tell me theres another meaning for "fixed".

"the facts are being fixed around the policy"...seems pretty clear to most intelligent people who don't have their head in the sand (presumably looking for WMD'S of course)

Please someone, enlighten me. Explain the "context" that I am missing.

Died for oil?
Are you still spouting that old line? How's that working out for you, you moron?

"everyone i know dislikes you as a person"

Maybe you should reevaluate the company you keep. I hate to disappoint you but I am not "severe left". I am an independant and I agree with Cindy and I will march for peace! I will continue to demand accountability for the lies and deceit for as long as it takes. And guess what...because of Cindy, it is not going to take as long as people thought it would. Bush's house of cards is falling and Bush/Cheney etal will be exposed.

correction: Mother Moonbat is a stoopid cunt, not a dumb one.

You, like so many others, are out of touch with reality. And crude, at that!

yes he did youcasnst fool me anylonger i know the truth casue cindy tol me!

to chris freeman, Sorry bub but you are the one who is stupid. Do you believe all of the propaganda you are fed, Well I guess so. Oh and what a big bad word, it is so naughty!cu*t oh you are a big man! or woman as the case may be. GOD HELP YOU for being such a moron. Oh have you read the polls lately, Bush's poll ratings are the lowest they have ever been. I guess 55 percent of the country are what you call "leftist". Cindy Sheehan is a hero and you ought to go stick you head back into the sand where it belongs. Every one I know likes Cindy and I bet I know more people than you do fool. Cindy is damned effective that is why the hateful slime like you have come out of the woodwork, because you are such scaredy cats. meowwwwwwwww.

She is about as bright as a box of rocks.

Reads like the "Top 100 Liberal Assholes of All Time"...

This broad is insufferable. Time to take Cindy to task. Okay you dumb tragedy-slut... you want to ask questions? How about you answer some?

1. Are the insurgents (read: terrorists) that killed your son still "Freedom Fighters"? If that is the case, was your son a "Hostile Occupier"? If that is the case, shouldn't you be cheering his death at the hands of your precious "Freedom Fighters"?

2. If you were Bin Laden (hell, you're close enough), wouldn't you be creaming at the chance to get oil fields? You could make billions of dollars a year, definitely enough to fund "freedom fighters" in Syria, and Palestine and all over the world.

3. You said 1/2 of the Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama Nat'l Guard are in Iraq... proof please. I need to know where you got your sources. Last I checked, LA, MI and AL had a combined 8700 people in Iraq. Back home, however, they have 14,160 men and women that can be called up to active duty (That's 39%, math whiz) with Arkansas pledging more than 9,000 troops if needed (that makes it 37%) Oh, and let's not forget the 10,000 just dispatched by Donald Rumsfeld... that makes it 33,000+ in Louisiana and Mississippi right now. Oh, and here's the sight I got my numbers from, ma'am... http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Aug2005/20050829_2559.html Some of us can CITE our information.

4. Why do you need to talk to "George" still? I thought you wanted to know what the "noble cause" was, and then you found out it's Oil... done. Mission completed. You're done. Oh, and PLEAAAAASE go to D.C. I'd love you see you and your Code Pinko friends burn a Bush in effigy in front of the White House. Remember, what flew in Crawford may not fly in front of the White House... you'll be arrested for vagrancy.

Be careful on your little bus tour... lots of red states to drive through... hopefully nothing bad happens... i.e. Nails in the road, bus crashes, bus-jackings...

Oh, and how much gas will this cross-country bus tour consume? Not too much of a conservationist, are we?

Hypocritical wench.

The wrong Sheehan died. Casey is a hero, you are a disgrace.

WHY AREN'T YOU IN IRAQ RIGHT NOW?

http://www.downingstreetmemo.com/blog.html

And are you that inept to not realize the ENTIRE BUDGET WAS CUT BY BUSH SO THAT FEMA DIDN'T GET ITS FUNDS? It was cut over a YEAR ago to pay for Iraq!!!!! TO PAY FOR IRAQ!!!!!!

They begged for funds and were turned down!!!!! THIS DISASTER IS THE RESULT OF YOUR BULLSHIT BUSH & COMPANY GUTTING THE FEMA ARMY FUNDS!!!!!!
http://archives.thedaily.washington.edu/2001/030101/N9.BIHquakebu.html

Every single thing in Iraq is a lie:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?%20context=viewArticle&code=MAN20...

You're totally clueless.

Doug E

I'm not in Iraq because they don't accept people that have/had leukemia, ass.

So, withheld FEMA funds cause Hurricanes? Okay.

Look, when you stop quoting bumper stickers and liberal talking points, I'll debate with you. After all, I refuse to have a battle of wits with such a woefully unarmed opponent.

Ooops, someone just became my bitch.

Dude now you're getting SAD!!!!

FEMA = Federal Aid Assistance program!!!

IT WOULD HAVE STOPPED THE LEVEEYS FROM BREAKING!!!!

Do you know what that means?!?? Louisiana wouldn't have been wiped out, holy shit!!

And over a BILLION dollars was denied to them!

Doug

IT WOULD HAVE STOPPED THE LEVEEYS FROM BREAKING!!!!
Really, just how would this have happened? I assume you're an engineering wizard who can explain this feat of magic to mere mortals like the rest of us.

the budget was cut because most of the money allocated to the levee system was unspent ($250 million out of $450 million) , and crucial projects not completed (about six years behind). The levee system was only able to withhold the waters from a category 3 hurricane, anyways. Upgrading the system to protect against a category 4 or 5 hurricane will take years. Plus, you have to figure in age and fatigue of the current system into why the levees broke.

Put your rhetorical weapons down and take a second look. You will see that you are wrong, this has nothing to do with Iraq, and the system was overwhelmed. Now quit trying to make political hay out of this tragedy.

Funding Cuts led to Lesser Levees

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-050831corps-story,1,2...

Stop being a moron, and read the facts next time!!!! YOU ARE BARELY OUT OF SCHOOL, YOU GUYS SHOULD BE MORE EDUCATED THAN THIS!!!! OMG!!! Read all the facts for once!!!

Doug

How about you read this (http://www.redstate.org/story/2005/8/31/04148/2070) and get back to me on what happened. And please, stop calling me a moron, etc.: it reflects badly on you.

BUSH WAS WARNDED about New Orleans IN 2000 by clinton..............GREAT WHITE HOUSE MANGEMENT TEAM (NOT)

1) A corps plan to shore up the levees began in 1965 and was supposed to be finished in 10 years but remains incomplete.

2) Even if the projects had been funded at the highest amounts, [Lt. Gen. Carl Strock, the corps' chief of engineers] said it might not have changed the situation in downtown New Orleans. He said the levee near the 17th Street Canal, where one of the breaches occurred that emptied water into the city, was fully completed.

For sourcing, see http://www.powerlineblog.com/ and it's link to an article in the Chicago Tribune.

So what was supposed to happen between this alleged 2000 warning and Katrina's impact that would have made a difference?

AMEN AND AMEN AGAIN!!! Thanks goodness some people in this country have a brain!

So fema had their budget cut? How is it that they are down there fulfilling their duty? How did Bush manage to impliment something (two days prior to the Hurricane hit) that didn't exist?

My one and only comment to this whole mess... Why didn't she thank her "cause"? The soldiers that have protected her the right to have her leftist loony part. Or.. Perhaps the great country that GIVES her the right to spit on it for air time on the Communist News Network? Where's the thanks for all of that...?

Airborne, all the way!!!

"Be careful on your little bus tour... lots of red states to drive through... hopefully nothing bad happens... i.e. Nails in the road, bus crashes, bus-jackings..."

So now you resort to threats...because you can't handle the truth. Why does that not surprise me. As far as being arrested at the White House...that would not surprise me either...but Cindy will have plenty of company and they will have to arrest thousands. The Peace March is on and Bush will be held accountable for his lies eventually. Casey is a hero and he obviously learned it from his mother!

The Truth??!?! LOL, you wouldn't know the truth if you ran over it in a bus.

Yes, Casey was a hero, but his mother defiles his memory by dancing on his grave.

to james bond. Sorry ahole, but you cannot speak for this mother's son. Your mother should be goddamned ashamed of you. You and Bush defile the memory of every person who has died in his illegal and immoral war for Oil.

P.S. If I were bin Laden I would be "creaming" at the thought of Bush. He is the best terrorist recruiter bin Ladens ever had and his incompetence has provided a terrorist training ground to boot. Oh, I feel so much safer now!

P.S.S. I won't debate your numbers because it does'nt matter whether it is 51% or 39% of the National Guard that is in Iraq. The point is they are in Iraq based on lies and they did not need to be there.

For those people trapped in their attics or trapped on their roofs, with no where to go, they only need one person to save them. I suspect they wish that 8,700 more were available as they should be.

Well said! How could so many people be so STUPID to vote for the nincompoop Bush after four years of getting us into this mess??? It is incomprehensible!!

Easy. The other guy voted for the war before he voted against it. At least Bush had a plan and not a platform of "this doesn't work"

But, now, Georgie is the flip-flopper. Too funny!!!!

quote:
"P.S.S. I won't debate your numbers because it does'nt matter ... "

I knew it. Facts are irrelevent to your opinion. Proving you wrong serves no purpose because you will continue to spout off whatever unverified "facts" you can make up. More proof that the truth is less important than you allowing yourself to be used by left-wing clowns to further a political agenda.

You seem to like pointing out the numbers of troops killed in the process of removing Sadaam from power. Would you be upset about the infinitely greater number that would be gone if Sadaam had ascended further into power? Nobody believed Hitler would become as powerful as he became, yet he did. Do you believe that Sadaam would not have achieved further power since the US and other nations would not have let it happen? That is utterly laughable. Have you forgotten the first Gulf War and the protests at that time? The same idiots who support you now would be protesting any action to prevent further ascencion to power claiming we have no business in the affairs of other countries. Your big-name supporters, much like yourself are nothing more than nay-sayers who offer no viable solutions. Removing Sadaam from power saved more lives than have been lost, and if you can't see that, you are too blinded by your own self-importance from the (undeserved) media attention.

Please continue your crusade, as it makes your cause look pathetic.

How many innocent people do we have to kill before your blood lust is satisfied? Osama and pals killed almost 3,000 of our people. Estimates are that we have killed more than 100,000 innocent Iraqies. How many innocent people have do die before you are happy?

Saddam and Osama HATED each other. Don't you know the meaning of the word SECULAR? Saddam was secular...not particularly religious. He hated religious extremists like Osama because their brand of Islam was a danger to his rule.

I say that if you love to hate so much and you love to see Iraqies killed then you should put on a uniform and go over there! See what kind of BIG MAN you are then!

Like communist Russia, Sadaam's government in Iraq would have collapsed under its own weight.

PS: You should really take a course in logic 101 and philosophy 2005. It is obvious you were never a member of a debate team.

If Saddam was a legitamate threat to the US, why would the Bush Administration have to create lies in order to pass this off as a noble cause? First it was a lame attempt to link Saddam with 9/11 (well, maybe it wasn't so lame considering a Harris poll in February of this year found that 64% of those surveyed believe Saddam had close ties to Al Qaeda and 47% still believe Saddam helped to plan and supported the hijackers) then came WMD, then it was removal of Saddam, now that he's out it's create Democracy -- and so far this Democracy is leaving women of Iraq with fewer liberties than they had under the Baath Party's control.

If the real reason was to save Iraqi's why not worry about other totalitarian or fascist leaders. Kim Jong II is a known threat to the US and more likely to cause US casualties due to his proximity to US bases in the East, yet Kim has been left untouched by US actions. Could it be because his country isn't sitting over billions of dollars worth of oil?

Additionally, the number we've killed in the past couple of years is far great than the number that Saddam killed annually. Oh, I've seen the slanted reports saying that violent deaths in Iraq are down 87% since Saddam was removed from power. Of course the numbers seem to be a bit fuzzy and they aren't counting any of the non-violent deaths caused by sanctions.

Some Facts about Death in Iraq (1)

1) How many Iraqis has Saddam killed?

Human Rights Watch* estimates that “Saddam Hussein and his henchmen have been responsible for murdering or ‘disappearing’ some 225,000 Iraqis.

"If Saddam was a legitamate threat to the US..."

If this is so questionable, then why did former President Clinton (no right winger)
advocate, during his Presidency, the removal of Saddam from Iraq.

P.S.S. I won't debate your numbers because it does'nt matter ... "

"I knew it. Facts are irrelevent to your opinion. Proving you wrong serves no purpose because you will continue to spout off whatever unverified "facts" you can make up. More proof that the truth is less important than you allowing yourself to be used by left-wing clowns to further a political agenda."

?????????

You right-wingers are so predictable...quote out of context and twist the meaning. The sad part is you think people are stupid enough that they won't notice.

My actual quote "I won't debate your numbers because it does'nt matter whether it is 51% or 39% of the National Guard that is in Iraq. The point is they are in Iraq based on lies and they did not need to be there."

First of all you did not "prove me wrong" because I never confirmed either number. I was simply pointing out that it was a mute point. The fact is the National Guard is in Iraq instead of New Orleans and Mississippi. Even if you use your numbers, thats 8,700 more Guards that would be there today to help rescue people from rooftops. If your family was cold wet and hungry on a rooftop you would want as many people as posible out there searching and helping. That is the job of the National Guard...not to mention controlling looting.

You obviously don't "get it"

I bet this cretin is a Bible thumping "Christian".
Words like "Reads like the "Top 100 Liberal Assholes of All Time"... This broad is insufferable. Time to take Cindy to task. Okay you dumb tragedy-slut..." prove that you are a sick and pathetic excuse for a human being who is an embarrasment to decent Americans. I imagine that when you finally meet your maker...which cannot be soon enough for me...you will discover that your ignorance and arrogance did not serve you well. I will pray that you gain elightenment and stop being such an embarrasment.

AMEN AND AMEN!!!!

I came here to tell Cindy what I think of her most recent comments. However, after reading the horrendous comments posted here by my fellow Republicans, I'm too stunned to even bother with Cindy. You Republicans posting here lose ALL credibility with that kind of language. If you can't respond to her with FACTS and reasoning (which is incredibly easy to do in this case), then leave her alone.

TO JAYAIVAZ:
blah, blah, blah
Complete commentary deleted due to author being stupid.

At least she knows her name, and don't mind putting it out there. So why do you hide in your box of rocks

Give 'em the same hell he has given everyone else, including his own soldiers, whose enemy he baited with "bring 'em on". There has to be a special place in Hell for a spoiled brat like Bush...

Cindy, you are the Martin Luther King of our era. And I'm sure he got the vile, unchristian and sick comments that some of these pychos are launching at you.

Stay the course,
Yet Another Supporter

I'm going to assume your joking, right.. To compare these two people is a complete injustice and you should be ashamed..

Airborne, all the way!!

What a tremendous insult to the honorable Dr. King.

It's been a wonderful train wreck, one that guarantees the election of either Dick Cheney or Rudy Giuliani to succeed President Bush.

If you want to pay $10 for a gallon of gas, keep voting Republican.

drill anwar now!

You must be 12 years old, or you have a disturbing lack of perspective.

I am amazed by your drive and determination and your (our) conviction to your cause. You have a lot of support in Miami FL as well as the rest of the world. God bless you!

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