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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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4 having as asswipe like you pop out her shithole!
you damm presumptious wind bag, I am a vet and will say anygodammotherfucking thing I dam well please you dumb fuck

Yuck. You need to go back to the soldier of fortune sites. You have no interest in politics, human rights, or good discussion.

Even the white house admits that Iraq and it's leaders had nothing to do with 9-11`. Whose freedom are we fighting for? The kids in our country who don't have decent schools to go to? The American veterans whose benfits have been cut? The 10,000 people around the world that are being held in United Stated custody without charges, lawyers or court hearings? The 100,000 civilians in Iraq that we have killed? Are we still Americans or some authoritarian country the we denounce? Who would Jesus bomb? Read Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John and find out. I love you, and pray that your heart will turn to compassion, as Jesus teaches. Peace.

I am not a Christian! I am for killing islamo/nazis like you.
I stand for the constitution of the U.S.A!

When you hero Clinton was caught fucking interns he killed lots of innocents, where were your fucking protesters then?

you fucking scum think it's ok to kill as long as the Democrats do it?!

when Clinton lied...NO ONE DIED

to get it off the front pages.
but you stupid libs don't protest when clinton and dems kill.

He was protecting Muslims, of all the irony....

What the heck are you saying? That Clinton's affair with an intern is the same as bush's war where thousands have been killed? That kind of logic is what's wrong with American. I can only shake my head and wonder with this kind of thinking, what are we in for? Can it get any worse than it is? bush's leadership has resulted in a more divided country than ever in history, thousands killed in a senseless war, America not trusted, believed, or respected, gas prices higher than ever before...and you all call this leadership???

We were disappointed in his indescretion. No one died for his lie, though.

You are one sick person. Get help before you hurt yourself or somebody.

what a christian!

Not me! I can be pro life and not a Christian.
You dumb ass libs are to stupid to understand anything not written out for you by the writers on west wing tv show

Pro Life and Pro war....typical republican can NOT be prolife and pro war

Casey was allright,but I am sick to death of his mommy.
I am glad her 15 minutes are over.

YOU never HAD to listen to her. But, you must have. Maybe someday her message will sink in. Truth always wins out. I am just mad that I cannot wait til it wins!

She has only just begun.

We the people stand with you Cindy!

Have you ever had to bury one of your loved ones? Apparently not! You can't possibly understand the pain. You could at least have the decency to use proper language in your letter. I hope you don't have to bury anyone you love,especially a son or daughter. Until you do:Don't condemn anyone ,until you have 'walked a mile in their moccasins'.
A "cindy sympathizer".

I do not know who you are but if you were my son or daughter I would wash your mouth out with soap. My old English teacher told me once that the only reason that people used such foul language is that they lack the vocabulary to speak any other way. Cindy is a grieving mother and you should show her some respect.
I have said since George Bush decided that we were going to war with Iraq that it was all for oil. He and his oil baron buddies are out to squeeze every ounce of money out of the American people and if they have to do it by sacrificing our sons and daughters in a war that is unwinable, so what. Jenna and Barbara are safely tucked in at the White House so why should he and Laura care.
I had a son in the first Gulf War and I have a nephew in this one. I can only pray that he comes home safely to his wife and son. My son came thru Bush 41's little war okay and for that I will be forever grateful.
God Bless you Cindy. You are doing what all the media in the country could not or would not do. Stay strong!

To 'Ya I care',
There is only one more thing more intolerable in our society than Bush - the dictator, the instigator of 9/11, and that's people like you. Your mind is a sewer, and you degrade yourself and humanity with your language and selfish opinions.

In fact some of the people blogging here, are more worrying than the government! It's like a school playground. Grow up and learn to talk like an adult, and someone might listen to you.

You sound angry. You have the wrong people, though, who harmed us. It was the Saudis, not Iraqis. I had no problem with going after Osama in Afghanistan. We had no right to attack Iraq. Our President and his administration lied to Congress. I hope Congress will address that lie. Downing Street Memos prove it.


Yeah - the one shining out your ass as you bend over to take one for Cindy.

Oil greediness is really short-sighted. The reality of oil supply is that we will be running out of cheap oil, and then out of all of it in the not-so-distant-future. Here we are fighting, losing valuable human lives, squandering natural resources and paying ever-increasing billions - all for something that is being used to fatten the already rich. I have read Michael Rupert's book, "Crossing the Rubicon" and have heard him speak on two occasions. He has extensively researched our political system. He shows how this ardent and manic search for oil supremacy through war was planned some time ago by Bush & Co. This war is only the first stage. The last stage happens in China. And that is quite a story!

While the neocons and all for whom oil becomes all-important agitate about oil, we are losing time to create an alternative energy source which will save us when global warming and related events become reality. We have deaf, dumb and blind leaders. We have been on the road to destruction through their policies. We need to get better leaders ASAP and let the current ones go. I understand that they are under some indictment, which is some encouragement. I haven't heard anything about it in "regular" news, so I don't know what is next. I certainly support their being held responsible for their criminal behavior.

The current New Orleans disaster is a ghastly preview of what the whole world can look to as the result of the effects of global warming on all aspects of life on this planet. It will, if not adequately addressed, so severely limit our food, water, and habitat that we will not survive as a species on the Earth. The people now suffering the effects of "Katrina" are a microcosm prediction that warns of this possible future.

We need to have hope. Many people, worldwide, are putting their energy into visualizing a better future. With the reality of quantum physics, we are finding that our collective consciousness affects the world we live in. The human heart can love greatly. We make choices every day. This is the power to change the future. When we choose to envision a better future, we are choosing to involve ourselves in whatever ways we can find to bring that vision into reality. This is no time to be depressed and give up. This is no time to leave it up to others, nor to spend all our time and energy in combat of any kind. I believe we want to live happy, productive lives. We must wake up and be responsible to bring the best power of our nation to bear on all fronts.

Thank you for this positive, heartfelt, empowering message!!!!

Thank you for your exquisite post. Stunning in it's clarity. I am heartened in this long march we're on.

Powerful writing, Leven. Well said.

"...the devastation that his environmental policies and his killing policies have caused.....And, should I dare say "global warming?""

What an idiotic thing to say, at least idiotic from the point of view of science. Actually, one could just as easily argue on the basis on nonlinear dynamics that had Sheehan not gone to Crawford, Katrina would not have hit where it did. As Bugs Bunny would say, what an ultramaroon.


Brought to you by the total geniuses who don't believe in evolution.

I am saddened by the obscene, hateful and just plain gross things I have read here tonight. Some very loathsome vile creatures have made their way here with the sole intention of bringing hurt and pain to this fine woman, which most of America has come to respect and admire over the last few weeks.

I am reminded of Jesus statement "Blessed are the peace makers for they will inherit the earth"

That's right; if you cause pain and spew hatred onto others you are on the way out. Some of you will mature and realize that Love, Compassion, understanding and yes tolerance is a strength and not a weakness. Others of you will die off just as miserable and heartless as you are now. I only pray that if the later is your choice, you do not damage your children so badly that they follow in your footsteps.

If all the people who are putting down a fine woman for loving her son would enlist, the military would have enough right-wingers to fight the war for Mr.Bush.

I was attacked in San Francisco for wearing n NRA hat.
Cars are vadalized for having GW stickers on them.
"Peace" demostrators attack commuters on busses and prevent single moms from picking up children from day care after work by blocking traffic in the most liberal city in the world.

right wingers limiting womens rights based on their own beliefs...same as for gays, the poor, the middle class, Bush lovers flipping little kids off holding Kerry signs before the election and stopping cars that had Kerry stickers on them...look at the crowd you rin before crying....whaaaaaa... call the whambulance

Repugs started an unjustified war, helped a criminal take the white house, get rich off the flesh and blood of our young, and think nothing of turning our economy into chaos.

There's not enough space on the internet to list all the atrocities of Republicans in general, and this administration in particular.
I will only say they are killing us.

If left is love and right is rage, why do liberals call the people who voted for President Bush names and insult their inteligence, thats not very loving. The very same liberals insult our religion, being Christianity, also not very loving. If you really believe that the left is for love how could you protest liberating over 26 MILLION people form the hands of a dictator who has killed, no murdered, hundreds of thousands of his own people. If you can look me in the eye (figuratively, not litteraly) and tell me that you believe that President Bush is more evil than a man like Saddam Hussein, I, as well as many other conservatives, and liberals too, feel that you dishonor the soldiers who have fought and died (like Casey Sheehan)and those who engage in the noblest of professions risking their well being to protect your freedoms as well as the inalienable rights of all human beings. There is your noble cause. The Iraqis deserve freedom regardless of whether we pronounce altruistic ideals or not. Unfortunately I must say that I do not believe Cindy Sheehan will read this, and my time and words wasted. Still, I will right this because I feel it is the right thing to do, just as it is the right thing to do to continue the war in Iraq, even if the noble must make sacrifices.

Jonathan F.
17, Ohio

You are just the right age to enlist into the military, so Jonathan if you believe this war is so rightous you need to put your life on the line for Mr. Bush's war. Inlist now and be a hero. When your body is sent back in a body-bag your mom can say, "oh, he was fighting for America", and not grieve for you, because you were doing what you wanted to do.

And it's President Bush too!

HE IS NOT MY PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

You hate the Jews right?
You will fit right in with the islamonaziparty

typical right wing repuke comment when they are upset....comments like those do not make you a christian!

You think I'm Christian??
Your real dumb, you watch a lot of "west wing" reruns?

that doesnt make you a christian! that makes you retarded

You are an idiot!


libs can't even spell Osama, hahahahah

that is what your mom was hollering last night when I was on top of her

I can spell yo mamma cause I f*c*ed her before your daddy did

George Weasel Bush is not the President, He is the illegal resident of the white house. He and his staff are all criminals and need to be impeached and then transported to the hague for trial.


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