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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Case Against Cindy Sheehan

As any readers ("readers" is probably wishful thinking) that listen to the news probably know, Cindy Sheehan has been using her son's death in Iraq as a reason for the withdrawal of troops and has been demanding that President Bush talk to her. I am sympathetic to her loss, but find it very hard to stay that way for these reasons:


  1. Casey, her son, voluntarily enlisted in the army, reenlisted, and "By all accounts, he was aware that his unit would be going to Iraq when he re-upped." (from recoveringliberal.com), which means that he had a chance to "get out" and didn't. This leads me to believe that he was not as against the war as Cindy says.

  2. Soon after meeting the President after Casey's death, Cindy said
    Quote(from article in The Reporter, Vacaville's newspaper):"I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis," Cindy said after their meeting. "I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith." I suppose that this might be very deep sarcasm, but since the rest of the article said that the Sheehans "felt whole again" and since Pat, Cindy's husband said "We have a lot of respect for the office of the president, and I have a new respect for him because he was sincere and he didn't have to take the time to meet with us." , I think it was truly her thoughts. However later she changed her mind: Quote:(from CNN) "He wouldn't look at the pictures of Casey. He didn't even know Casey's name," she told CNN Sunday. "Every time we tried to talk about Casey and how much we missed him, he would change the subject." Sheehan said she was so distraught at the time that she failed to ask the questions she now wants answered. So she was "distraught" but "felt whole again" AT THE SAME TIME. Right...
    See how the Democrats try to explain this here.

  3. Cindy says quote: (from World Net Daily) "My son was killed in 2004. I am not paying my taxes for 2004," Sheehan told an audience of Veterans for Peace. "You killed my son, George Bush, and I don't owe you a penny. ... You give my son back and I'll pay my taxes. Come after me [for back taxes] and we'll put this war on trial."
    You would think that Cindy would realize that part of taxes go to buy supplies for our troops. Also, Cindy was not paying her taxes in 1996 (see proof here in the Solano County records.) This leads me to believe that this was not in fact a way to protest the war, ESPECIALLY SINCE THE WAR HADN'T EVEN BEGUN THEN.

  4. Casey's family does not agree with Cindy. Cindy's husband is divorcing her. And Casey's aunt and godmother sent this to the Drudge Report:

    Our family has been so distressed by the recent activities of Cindy we are breaking our silence and we have collectively written a statement for release. Feel free to distribute it as you wish.

    Thanks, Cherie

    In response to questions regarding the Cindy Sheehan/Crawford Texas issue: Sheehan Family Statement:

    The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the the expense of her son's good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect.

    Sincerely,

    Casey Sheehan's grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.

  5. Lastly, Cindy Sheehan is just plain whiny. In her blogs at sacramentofordemocracy.org she describes herself as "the sacrificial lamb of the peace movement" and complains about not having enough shade. But read for yourself and tell Cindy how you feel. I have left Cindy comments under the screenname "kt". Unfortunately, she has not answered back.


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