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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Cindy Sheehan exploits the death of her patriotic son, through her service to the anti-war Left....

Cindy Sheehan is an embarassment to her country, her son's reputation and memory, and the rest of the Sheehan family who have totally and publicly rejected her un-American hard-left anti-war activism.

To have this seditious anti-war-Left extremist cabal in close proximity to the President's home in Crawford is a threat to his security and peaceful enjoyment of his home and it needs to be stopped immediately.

Hate-speech should not be confused with free speech. Cindy Sheehan and her moveon.org, Michael Moore, and Code Pink backers are hate-mongers of the worst kind, who are using this political circus to "frag" our Commander in Chief and American troops in battle in Iraq. They do this in Crawford because it gives them a high level of visibility.

Read more about these socialist Democrat hate-America seditionists below and here.
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"Exploiting the Dead"

"ANTIWAR EXTREMIST CINDY SHEEHAN HAS CAPTURED HEADLINES by camping out in front of President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. There, the 48-year-old founder of Gold Star Families for Peace claims she is hounding the president to end the Iraq War in the name of her beloved son, Casey, who died in Iraq, and in the name of grieving families everywhere.

The image of a grief-stricken mother traveling by caravan from California to Texas, then living in a tent, merely so she can have a brief meeting with the president has deep propaganda value for the antiwar Left. Thus, the New York Times noted longingly in its headline Thursday, “One Mother’s Loss Becomes a Problem for the President.”

However, none of the mainstream media accounts of this beatified mourner recognize her long history of extremist rhetoric, her close association with far-Left and anti-Semitic figures, or the way she has seemingly rewritten her own history when it suited her purposes.

Sheehan says if granted a (second) consultation with President George W. Bush, she wants to ask him, “Why did you kill my son?” Both the question and the blame are misplaced. Sheehan and the media have emphasized that Iraqis killed 24-year-old Casey Sheehan in Sadr City last April, just five days after his arrival in Iraq. Cindy Sheehan’s tale of motherly grief is gripping.

She told the leftist blog Buzzflash: Casey told me, “Mom, this is what we trained for. I’m ready. It’s my job. Because the sooner I get there, the sooner I’ll come home.” And he came home three weeks later in a flag-draped coffin.

However, the media have ignored two important facts. First, Casey initially signed up in May 2000 and voluntarily re-enlisted in the service in August 2003, knowing he would likely be called into active duty in Iraq. Secondly, as a mechanic in the 1st battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, Casey did not have to go into the battle that claimed his life. When some of his fellow soldiers encountered resistance, he and others in his unit chose to go into combat to save his friends. Cindy Sheehan herself recounted it this way:

[T]he sergeant said, “Sheehan, you don't have to go,” because my son was a mechanic. And Casey said, “Where my chief goes, I go.”

Where this young man went, tragically, was to an early grave. But his death was an act of patriotism and human compassion, one which should tinge her understandable maternal grief with deep pride.

Instead, Cindy Sheehan threw herself into shrill, anti-Bush and anti-American activism. Shortly after his death, she founded Gold Star Families for Peace, an “antiwar” group whose first stated purpose is “To bring an end to the occupation of Iraq.” She presently has a blogspot on MichaelMoore.com and spouts extremist rhetoric alongside many of the Hate America Left’s most potent bomb-throwers.

A Legacy of Leftist Anger....

According to San Francisco-based talk show host (and acquaintance of the Sheehan family) Melanie Morgan, Cindy Sheehan’s antiwar animus dates to well before her son’s death....

She has taken advantage of her status as an aggrieved mother to spread her poisonous brand of far-Left politics. Her natural target was the Iraq War...." However, she has branched out into denouncing the military and the United States itself....

According to FPM contributor Lee Kaplan, Sheehan likened convicted terrorist lawyer Lynne Stewart to literary hero Atticus Finch at a rally at San Francisco State University. Stewart passed on messages from convicted 1993 World Trade Center bomber Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman to his terror cell in Egypt and often pledged her belief in the morality of anti-capitalist violence.

According to Kaplan’s account, Sheehan’s rhetoric that evening could as easily have been written by the “Blind Sheikh” himself; she, too, regarded America as the “Great Satan”:
America has been killing people on this continent since it was started. This country is not worth dying for....

To deprive this evil empire of a sufficient military, Cindy endorsed the San Francisco citywide measure known as “College Not Combat,” which would encourage the city’s high schools to deny military recruiters access to their student directories, from which they seek military enlistments.

The fact that the cause she championed in the name of “the children” would be a violation of section 9528 of the “No Child Left Behind” Act, an infraction punishable by the revocation of federal education funds, did not cause her or her ideological comrades to bat an eye.

The “College Not Combat” coalition includes a host of socialist and anti-American organizations, including International ANSWER, Code Pink, the National Lawyers Guild, the International Socialist Organization, Socialist Organizer, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (which hails convicted cop-killers as “political prisoners”), and others. Such left-wing organizers often speak of the need to reduce the number of young people joining the armed forces, in order to frustrate “imperialist” U.S. foreign policy.

One such radical leftist is Medea Benjamin, the founder of Code Pink, Global Exchange, and the mastermind behind the violent anti-World Trade Center riots in Seattle. Benjamin enjoys a close working relationship with Cindy Sheehan as part of the professional antiwar fringe.

Medea, a longtime admirer of Fidel Castro, with the help of fellow Castroite Leslie Cagan, founded the International Occupation Watch. Established in the city of Baghdad during the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Benjamin said its stated goal was to get as many U.S. troops as possible to declare themselves conscientious objectors and be sent home.

Through Code Pink, she even managed to take $600,000 of cash, medicine, and supplies to “the other side” in the Iraqi terrorist capital of Fallujah (possibly the whereabouts of Casey Sheehan's murderers). In an essay in Nation magazine, Benjamin spelled out a long-term strategy to deflate the U.S. military presence in Iraq and around the world....

Sheehan does not just lay the blame for her son’s death on evil America, though. She recently wrote: my first born was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel....

Take the Left’s Bus to Crawford

.... After she began her multi-week camp out near the president’s ranch, legendary leftist agitator Ralph Nader dispatched a letter declaiming, “This rogue regime, led by two draft-dodgers and officially counseled by similar pro-war evaders during the Vietnam War, is not ‘our country.’”

Former Howard Dean presidential campaign strategist Joe Trippi made an appearance in the flesh. Trippi joined with Jodie Evans and the website Democrats.com to produce a web broadcast hailing Sheehan..... here.

Then came the callers. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, D-IL, who described herself as a member of the “Out-of-Iraq Coalition,” called in for the broadcast. Rep. Schakowsky, a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, gushed, “I’m just so proud of you…My heart is with you.” (Schakowsky, like Medea Benjamin, gushes over Fidel Castro, as well; Schakowsky has consistently tried to ease travel restrictions to the island gulag. For these and other “progressive” efforts, Schakowsky received an award from the Democratic Socialists of America.) ....

Perhaps this constellation of anti-American extremists explains her blog entry for Day 5: We had a little bit of trouble with locals today. We are beginning to feel a little unwelcome here.
Bush Far Too Amenable.

Despite the fact that Cindy Sheehan and an entourage of 50 rolled into town in a bus with the words “Impeachment Tour” emblazoned upon it – fresh from attending a Veterans for Peace convention, no less – the Bush administration has not given this odd woman an icy reception. National Security Adviser Steve Hadley and Deputy White House Chief of Staff Joe Hagin spoke with Sheehan for 45 minutes.

This high-level (and unwarranted) meeting has not satisfied Sheehan’s leftist friends.... And some 40 Congressional Democratic have signed a letter urging President Bush to meet Sheehan, as well....

As noted, Cindy Sheehan already met with Bush last June, two months after Casey’s death, along with a delegation of grieving military families. After that meeting, Sheehan initially said President Bush was caring, and the two spoke of their deep religious convictions. I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,” Cindy declared. “I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith.” She says she and her husband thought about broaching their discontent with the war but held back out of respect for what they thought their late son would have wanted. She instead enjoyed the commiseration of the also-bereaved. She concluded by saying, That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together.”

Sheehan has begun telling another tale in recent days. During her podcast this week, Sheehan told Greg Szymanski, “Your account, that you wrote, is a true one.” In one of Szymanski’s two identical accounts, Cindy Sheehan claimed during their visit President Bush was “acting cocky and it was probably one of the worst experiences in my entire life.” He bounced around the room in a jovial manner. Szymanski quotes Sheehan as saying her 25-year-old daughter, Carley, “told me that after he made [a] remark, he gave her one of the filthiest looks she had ever had gotten in her life.” And, she says, Cindy was not alone; every other family felt this, as well. Cindy sums up: “Looking back, all I can say is that the meeting with Bush was one of the most disgusting experiences in my life.” (She also referred to President Bush as the “Führer” and called the War on Terrorism “blatant genocide.”)....

Despite the fact that she has apparently lied about one of their meetings already, and despite the fact that she willingly forfeited the right to raise the subject of politics with him, President Bush took a conciliatory tone in a press conference Thursday. In a move that was both compassionate and politically brilliant – a suspension this president has proven adept at mixing – he told the press:

"I sympathize with Mrs. Sheehan. She feels strongly about her position, and she has every right in the world to say what she believes. This is America. She has a right to her position, and I thought long and hard about her position. I've heard her position from others, which is: Get out of Iraq now. And it would be a mistake for the security of this country and the ability to lay the foundations for peace in the long run if we were to do so."

To do so, he rightly noted, “would send a terrible signal to the enemy.” President Bush noted the sympathy he feels for anyone who has lost a loved one in a war.... He has stated that he understands her political position, has given it due consideration (which should have been three seconds), and concluded it is not in the best interests of the country.

Thus, he can show the country he has no need to meet with this quite sympathetic character who is sleeping in a pup tent in the Texas summer heat for several weeks. It is a beautiful political maneuver – far more eloquent than Moonbats of Sheehan and Medea Benjamin’s ilk deserve....

The fact that Cindy Sheehan has used her son’s coffin as a political soapbox has not set well with many members of Sheehan’s extended family. In a backlash, patriotic members of Casey’s father’s family have distanced themselves and their late, heroic relative from Cindy’s anti-American ways. KSFO-AM radio talk show host and Move America Forward leader Melanie Morgan received the following e-mail from Cherie Quarterolo, the late Casey Sheehan's aunt and godmother, and is sent on behalf of Casey Sheehan’s family:

Hello again Melanie,

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
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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 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
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Thank goodness someone in the Sheehan family puts family, country, and dignity above political motivation. At last we see where Casey got the heroic sense of duty and patriotism that led him to lay down his life for his friends. R.I.P...."

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