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August 07, 2005

Cindy Sheehan

All my time in the past few days has gone to two things: (1) deleting a flood of spam advertising a new brand of mango juice, and (2) supporting the protests Cindy Sheehan is leading in Crawford, Texas outside Bush's "ranch."

I hope you've been following this—it isn't hard to do, since it's currently the #1 U.S. story on Google News and AOL. As you can see, Cindy Sheehan is asking Bush to meet with her and other members of Gold Star Families for Peace at some point during his five week vacation so they can ask him basic questions about the war that's killed their children. She's pledged to camp out at the side of the road until Bush agrees to do so.

Anyway, I've posted a bunch of stories about this on the After Downing Street site. If you are a good person, you will read all of them:

AP: "Mom of Slain Soldier Stages Bush Protest"
Reuters: "White House Officials Meet Anti-war Protesters"
Update from Celeste Zappala, Co-Founder of Gold Star Families for Peace
Cindy Sheehan: "The Secret Service is Trying to Intimidate Us"

With any luck, there will be much, much, much more of this to come.

Posted at August 7, 2005 08:03 AM | TrackBack

She is something - an inspiration to me, certainly. She credits her daughters for having saved her life. They were instrumental in helping her realize she could channel her grief into anti-war activism.

Posted by: mk at August 8, 2005 08:44 AM

I wonder whether you're being swamped, Jonathan. I can't get through to your ADS links.

Posted by: mk at August 8, 2005 08:48 AM

god bless cindy and best wishes for her cause. i'm a former navy medic from the 'nam era. there's not a day that passes that i'm not outraged and nauseated by the misguided crusade that george is on. i never felt any threat from hussein, nor did i buy into the (false) justifications given for this vendetta. part of the basis for impeachment is the violation of public trust. another is abuse of power. now, just like forrest gump, i may not be a very smart man, but i sure can see how gw jr fits the mold. its a shame that there are always old men willing to send young men to die for nothing. i'd hoped my generation learned something, but it doesn't seem like it. so, i wish cindy luck. bush needs to go, and quickly before he can do more harm.

Posted by: lou preiditsch at August 8, 2005 05:09 PM

This "camp-out" by Ms. Sheehan is going to backfire unless she can tell us all why she is wanting to meet with Bush AGAIN since she met with him two months after Casey's death and then praised him and said she felt at peace for the first time since his death.

Makes all this look very politically motivated. Please tell me why her story has changed so dramatically.

I dislike Bush's policies intensely and plan to march on Washington D.C. on Sept. 24 to protest the war. So I'm obviouly of the same mind as Ms. Sheehan and also sympathetic to her loss. But, this will go down in flames once the right starts trumpeting her "conversion". It needs explaining right now, not defending later. Don't let this turn into a Dan Rather even.

Posted by: dockside at August 8, 2005 07:33 PM

Have you read the story yet about how she's actually lying?

Posted by: John at August 8, 2005 11:15 PM

Anybody .....Anybody who wants to "crucify" this woman..well i hope your kid dies,maybe that will give you a big heart to go with your huge brain and giant ego

Posted by: jared at August 9, 2005 12:41 AM

I dont need to read a story by some bs pundint to see this womans pain and understand her cause

Posted by: jared at August 9, 2005 12:42 AM

Cindy has more cojones than the whole administration put together. Dubya is a COWARD, a LIAR, a THIEF, a MURDERER, and a SPINELESS WEASEL. Cindy, I am a USMC veteran of 10+ years in the Vietnam era. I know what a screw job we were handed in that debacle. This one is a thousand times worse. My heart is with you and I understand your loss. Goddess be with you.

Posted by: Rita Beigh at August 9, 2005 08:53 AM

My wife spent the day in Crawford with Cindy on Monday. There is a first hand account of some of the activites as well as a video of a Cindy speech at

Posted by: Gary at August 9, 2005 11:30 AM


Posted by: Kirk at August 9, 2005 04:00 PM

You go, girl! Amazing persistence at telling truth! Thank you for what you are doing for our country! The truth cannot be defeated!
Clinton Lied - no one died
Bush lied - thousands are still dying
You, Cindy, represent our hearts that are crying!

Posted by: ron alexander at August 16, 2005 09:44 PM

I see a great contrast between Cindy Sheehan’s first comments about her meeting with Bush in her interview on June 24, 2004, that was just several months after her son was killed, and the latest comments she is making about that same meeting with Bush. Cindy Sheehan first said after her meeting with Bush, that she ” now knows that Bush is sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqi’s.” Then she went on to say and I quote, ” I know he’s sorry and feels pain for our loss.” She used two descriptions to describe her impressions of Bush after Bush’s meeting with her, “Sincere” and ” He’s sorry and feels pain for our loss.” Now its quite the opposite description of Bush, if you were to listen to her new interpretation of that same meeting with Bush, you would think it was two seperate meetings. Cindy Sheehan now says about that meeting with Bush that ” Every time we tried to talk about Casey and how much we missed him, he would change the subject,and he acted like it was a party.” That statement indicates just the opposite of what she originally said about Bush, in that she even used the word “sincere” in describing Bush’s demeanor in her earlier interview. The question that now remains concerning her two completely different versions of that meeting with Bush, is, which one is the true story and which one is the lie? Cindy Sheehan’s versions of that meeting with President Bush just don’t match, they are not remotely similar.

Posted by: Sharlene Morgan at August 20, 2005 09:30 PM

I notice that ‘The Huffington Post’ has adopted Cindy Sheehan’s rantings and are carrying all her messages and letters. I remember Huffington, and wasn’t she the person who ran anti-SUV ads that suggested that people who bought sports utility vehicles were supporting terrorist? Isn’t that the same Arianna Huffington who drives around in limo’s and has private jets at her disposal? I wonder exactly what would be the ratio of gas consumption between a SUV and a private jet or a limo as far as that goes. Getting back to the subject of Cindy Sheehan, I just read an article she wrote for ‘The Huffington Post’ in which she defends some of her comments about Israel, by blaming them on a former friend. Here is a quote from that article, Cindy Sheehan– " A former friend who is anti-Israel and wants to use the spotlight on me to push his anti-Semitism is telling everyone who is listening that I believe that Casey died for Israel and has gone so far as to apparently doctor an email from me.” I was watching the news and heard myself Cindy Sheehan say that her son didn’t join the military to protect Israel and it wasnt just my imagination. Maybe deposing Saddam did protect Israel to some degree, after all Saddam launched dozens of scud missiles at Israel as I recall. I believe also Saddam offered reward money for the families of suicide bombers who killed innocent Israeli women and children. So if in the process of removing Saddam,those actions were beneficial to Israel’s security, so be it, and Im glad that’s the case.

Posted by: Sharlene at August 21, 2005 12:46 AM

I notice the “sheehanites” love to repeat Cindy Sheehan’s redundant and what they consider to be “revelational” question , “What noble cause did Casey Sheehan die for?” Now I guess we have to return back to the elementary class of Saddam 101 to answer that question.

1. Saddam Hussein was a threat to peace in the Middle East. His aggression was only held in check by constant monitoring and economic sanctions that he then used as an excuse to starve and brutalize the people of his own country , all the while, building himself more and more elaborate and gaudy palaces. Was it “Noble” and should have Saddam been removed from power? Ask the Kurds, the Shiites, the Kuwaitis, the Saudis, the Iranians, and the marsh Arabs. I think they’d all say yes.

2. Saddam brutally tortured and killed hundreds of thousands maybe even millions of innocent people. In my opinion, that alone was sufficient for getting rid of him. “Nobly sufficient”

3. Saddam Hussein supported terrorism in the Middle East and around the world. It has been well-documented that Saddam Hussein paid $25,000 to families of Palestinian suicide bombers in Israel . Just eliminating that incentive to kill innocent Israeli woman and children is “noble” reason alone to remove Saddam. I know Cindy Sheehan is cringing about that one.

4. Terror groups associated with Al Qaeda were operating within Iraq in terrorist training camps such as Salman Pak before the war, and had been funded, at least in part, by the Iraqi government. There is no direct link, other then sheltering the terrorist, between Saddam Hussein and the attacks of September 11, 2001, but there is no doubt that Saddam was part of the larger problem of terrorism.

5. Saddam Hussein disregarded numerous United Nations resolutions, 17 in all, dealing with disarmament and inspections. His military fired anti-aircraft weapons at U.S. and U.K. aircraft patrolling the no-fly zones on a daily bases, so he never lived up even to the initial cease-fire agreement that ended hostilities at the end of the first Gulf War, let alone any of other numerous resolutions by the U.N. Security Council. Any one of those violations would provide legal justification for the war.

6. The “domino effect” theory for moving the Middle East towards democracy and away from terrorism has a good chance of working, and yes that alone is a NOBLE reason to be in Iraq. Witness Libya’s recent renouncement of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Iraq itself is moving inexorably toward democratic self-rule, despite the efforts of terrorists and “dead-enders” and the “anti-war defeatest at home” to sabotage the process. If our government stays the course, we will win in Iraq and that victory is for all Iraqi’s.

7. Removing Saddam Hussein, in my view, was a major part of the larger strategy for the Middle East to move the entire region away from Islamic fundamentalism, theocracy and brutal dictatorship, which give rise to terrorism, and towards representative governments, ruled by law and respectful of individual rights, which will bring peace and stability to the whole region. Yes that is a NOBLE reason and cause to be in Iraq. The insurgents want to keep the blood flowing long enough to distract from that goal, and also so in America dissent will rise against the war in Iraq resulting in a withdrawal.

Posted by: William Leatherwood at August 22, 2005 04:16 PM

Dear William Leatherwood let first tell eveyone who you are.... sir you are a right wing Nazi ass hole, that has his tong so far up Bush's ass that he wont need a colonoscopy for another year!
anyone who want to check for themselves just goggle this fuck head!

Posted by: Kirk at August 27, 2005 04:56 PM

I think her "tiny revolution" is about to expire under the media frenzy that is now New Orleans.

Posted by: cybirr at September 3, 2005 07:17 AM

It has been more than two weeks and I've seen little interest in Ms. Sheehan except by those whose politics match her own. And her politics are growing more radicalized by the day. Her diatribes against the mainstream appear more and more pathetic and alienating. I found this entry in a opinion section by James Taranto (15 August 05).

"The journalists will soon move on, and her political allies may do so as well. For them she is a mere instrument. The White House press corps will discard her as soon as they return to Washington where there's real news going on. Serious opponents of the war in Iraq will cast her aside if her foul statements make her an embarrassment. When that happens, we can only hope that someone still cares about Cindy Sheehan--not as a story or a symbol, but as a human being."

Ms. Sheehan is losing her way and her off-course maneuvering will only drag her, her family's inter-relationships and her son's memory further away from light and sanity.

Posted by: cybirr at September 22, 2005 02:20 AM