Jeff Gannon writes a bit about Cindy Sheehan, who is currently dishonoring the memory of her son outside of Crawford Texas:
There’s a media circus going on outside the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas. Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq last year, is camped along the road that leads to the Western White House demanding to confront the President. She blames him for the death of her son Casey, who perished during an April 2004 mortar attack in Baghdad. Most would agree that no one should minimize this woman’s grief or her right to express it.
It is clear she is angry, but her words and actions contradict statements she made to her local newspaper, the Vacaville Reporter after meeting Bush a year ago. At the time she found him to be “sincere”, but now she says he “acted like it was a party.” The newspaper issued a statement Tuesday where it stands by its story.
The White House press corps, trapped in the heat and misery of a fifth consecutive August in Texas, fawns over Sheehan, partly out of boredom and resentment of the circumstances that consigned them there, but also because she fits their partisan agenda. She told an activist news group that many members of the media who interviewed her expressed support for her cause, which is the immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq and the impeachment of Bush.
Not surprisingly, The New York Times is promoting Sheehan in a series of favorable articles and an editorial. It portrays her as one woman on a mission, but it fails to mention the Leftist antiwar groups that she is affiliated with and that are there in Crawford supporting her.
One of the groups Sheehan is allied with is Code Pink Women for Peace. It is led by longtime Leftist activists who have rebranded their racialism under this new banner. Members of the group who wear pink outfits during protests have staged publicity stunts by disrupting several Congressional hearings and interrupting Bush’s inauguration speech this year thanks to Democratic Hill staffers who slipped VIP tickets to several activists.
Code Pink is supporting Sheehan’s protest, by organizing facilities, collecting donations, staging a hunger strike and helping with media relations. At the same time, the group is gathering signatures on a petition to calling for the removal of American troops from Iraq.
While these activities on the surface may be legitimate forms of political expression, a closer examination of Code Pink reveals more insidious motives. One of Code Pink’s leaders, Medea Benjamin, is an unabashed supporter of dictator Fidel Castro, having lived in Cuba during the 1980s.
She and other members of the group worked to stymie U. S. efforts in Iraq before the invasion by going to Baghdad as guests of Saddam Hussein’s government. After Baghdad fell, Code Pink established Occupation Watch in the Iraqi capital to document “attrocities” by Coalition forces and to encourage American solidiers to abandon their brothers in arms by becoming conscientious objectors.
Looks like she has joined up with the same wonderful crowd that Pablo Paredes did. Lot of good that did him.
Another article today details the everchanging story of this women:
That story, by staff writer David Henson, was an account of Sheehan?s visit with the president in Seattle.
In Henson?s story, Sheehan spoke of how she and husband, Patrick, debated before the meeting whether to ask pointed questions about the war and whether to vent frustration over their son?s sacrifice. Ultimately, the Sheehans decided not to criticize Bush in the meeting.
Afterward, Cindy Sheehan told Henson of a new-found respect toward Bush.
?I now know he?s sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,? she said in the story. ?I know he?s sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he?s a man of faith.?
Sheehan also said the trip to Seattle helped connect her family to others that had lost a son or daughter in Iraq. Sheehan said sharing their story with those families was rewarding, as was the time she got to spend with her own family.
?That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,? she said in the story.
The article details the left’s whining that her original statements to the paper were used by Drudge out of context. Here is the complete original article written on Jun 24th, 2004:
Bush, Sheehans share moments
By David Henson/Staff Writer
Since learning in April that their son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, had been killed in Iraq, life has been everything but normal for the Sheehan family of Vacaville.
Casey’s parents, Cindy and Patrick, as well as their three children, have attended event after event honoring the soldier both locally and abroad, received countless letters of support and fielded questions from reporters across the country.
“That’s the way our whole lives have been since April 4,” Patrick said. “It’s been surreal.”
But none of that prepared the family for the message left on their answering machine last week, inviting them to have a face-to-face meeting with President George W. Bush at Fort Lewis near Seattle.
Surreal soon seemed like an understatement, as the Sheehans – one of 17 families who met Thursday with Bush – were whisked in a matter of days to the Army post and given the VIP treatment from the military. But as their meeting with the president approached, the family was faced with a dilemma as to what to say when faced with Casey’s commander-in-chief.
“We haven’t been happy with the way the war has been handled,” Cindy said. “The president has changed his reasons for being over there every time a reason is proven false or an objective reached.”
The 10 minutes of face time with the president could have given the family a chance to vent their frustrations or ask Bush some of the difficult questions they have been asking themselves, such as whether Casey’s sacrifice would make the world a safer place.
But in the end, the family decided against such talk, deferring to how they believed Casey would have wanted them to act. In addition, Pat noted that Bush wasn’t stumping for votes or trying to gain a political edge for the upcoming election.
“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,” Pat said.
Sincerity was something Cindy had hoped to find in the meeting. Shortly after Casey died, Bush sent the family a form letter expressing his condolences, and Cindy said she felt it was an impersonal gesture.
“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.”
The meeting didn’t last long, but in their time with Bush, Cindy spoke about Casey and asked the president to make her son’s sacrifice count for something. They also spoke of their faith.
While meeting with Bush, as well as Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, was an honor, it was almost a tangent benefit of the trip. The Sheehans said they enjoyed meeting the other families of fallen soldiers, sharing stories, contact information, grief and support.
For some, grief was still visceral and raw, while for others it had melted into the background of their lives, the pain as common as breathing. Cindy said she saw her reflection in the troubled eyes of each.
“It’s hard to lose a son,” she said. “But we (all) lost a son in the Iraqi war.”
The trip had one benefit that none of the Sheehans expected.
For a moment, life returned to the way it was before Casey died. They laughed, joked and bickered playfully as they briefly toured Seattle.
For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again.
“That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,” Cindy said.
The paper wrote that it stands by their original article, no matter how much the left wishes it would go away:
“It’s important that readers see the full context of the story, instead of just selected portions,’ said Editor Diane Barney. “We stand by the story as an accurate reflection of the Sheehan’s take on the meeting at the time it was published.’
It’s too bad really. Her son sound’s like a great soldier. Although only a mechanic he volunteered to go out in the field to help some fellow soldiers where he was ultimately killed. He also re-enlisted after his first hitch.
So now the socialist groups such as Code Pink and ANSWER have gotten into her head and are using her until the August slow news cycle is done. I’m sure if we had a look at who was buying her plane tickets and feeding her we would find out what we already know, that the socialist groups are behind all this. Wouldn’t know it from the MSM tho.
Michelle Malkin has a email up from a lady who has ran into Cindy before:
I literally ran into her at the rain-soaked counter demonstration against Steve and Virginia Pearcy, who early in Spring, you might remember, hung a U.S. soldier in effigy from the rafters of their Sacramento home.
She aligned herself with the Bush Lied/People Died crowd, including Medea Benjamin of Code Pink and other San Francisco Lefty rent-a-mob usual suspects. She admitted she was AGAINST the war BEFORE her son died.
I have an e-mail from Jim Krause, whose brother Elmer was killed in Iraq at the same time as Casey Sheehan. Cindy Sheehan was with Mr. Krause at Fort Lewis, Washington when President Bush joined them in the chapel.
“Mel, let me tell you his guard was down. He was real. He was genuine. He was sincere. His eyes teared while we told of our loss. He said he was
sorry. During that time we all could have blasted out our anger, criticism and contept. He would have stood there and taken it.
..we all share in the loss of loved ones. I don’t begin to know a mother’s pain and God forbid, the pain of the loss of an only child. I have only one. I only know if she doesn’t get past her anger, she will die a bitter woman. Cindy calls for the President to bring the troops home to honor her son. I say “Mr. President, honor my brother’s remains and his 10-year old son whom he dearly loved by STAYING THE COURSE.’
One other observation. When I was in Iraq, many soldiers told me they saw the video of the U.S. soldier hung in effigy in Sacramento. The rally that Cindy Sheehan attended. They were shocked, upset and angry that the demonstration took place because they say it undermines their mission and morale.
I wonder what Casey Sheehan would say about his mother’s actions–let alone her words.
How about this comment left on LGF:
#58 Abu Messerschmitt 8/10/2005 08:41AM PDT
The woman is a head case. Tony Snow tried to interview her yesterday. After she accused American troops of murdering Iraqi civilians, Snow asked her if her son also murdered Iraqi civilians. Her response was, “Well, he had only been in Iraq for five days when he was killed.”
I know my jaw dropped. Did she mean he simply hadn’t gotten around to killing any civilians yet?
WTF! Wow, she has become a headcase.
Another interesting comment:
#119 jrsygrl 8/10/2005 10:31AM PDT
I was listening to a local radio show here in Sacramento the other day and a relative of Sheehan called in. In a nutshell, Sheehan is losing her husband over this, the family thinks she’s unhinged, and Casey Sheehan entered the military partly to get away from his crazy mother. She’s also always been pretty liberal.
#120 jrsygrl 8/10/2005 10:32AM PDT
Forgot to add that the relative thought Casey would be horrified by what his mom is doing. He believed in his mission.
Sad, just sad.
But the bigger story here is the MSM lack of reporting on her recent conversion. They are all over the Code Pink Cindy but are not saying one iota about the “Bush is sincere” Cindy.
UPDATE 8/11 0030hrs
Opinipundit has up some IRC messages from this wackjob that pretty much sums up her mental condition:
March 15, 2005
To Whom it May Concern:
Imagine my distress when I turned Night Line on last night and I was confronted with the gory details of my son’s murder in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq on 04/04/04. Imagine, also, my sorrow and rage at the side of the story that you presented to the American public.
I was on the Night Line Townhall Meeting in Washington, DC on 01/27/05. After I spoke (which I think was a fluke), Ted Koppel dismissed me as being “emotional.” First of all, how can I approach this discussion without emotions, MY SON WAS KILLED, AND KILLED FOR LIES? Second of all, that show was not fair and balanced and I think the conclusion “Should we stay” was foregone.
The show last night was also not fair and balanced. To see all the wives being interviewed who had not lost their husbands and to hear what “hard work” it is to be left behind when their husbands are at war. How hard to you think it is to have a child killed in an illegal and immoral war? In this “wonderful” group of families left behind, we had exactly ONE of the wives call us..she is Diane Rose who was my son’s Colonel, Frank Rose’s wife. The last time we heard from Diane was in October and we feel we have been left behind by anyone connected to the 2-5 Cavalry. Is support only given if your loved one stays alive? One wife was quoted as saying that Sundays were the hardest for the families left behind. My son was killed on Palm Sunday last year..how does anybody think Sundays are for my family?
Am I emotional? Yes, 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. Am I stupid? No, I know full-well that my son, my family, this nation, and this world were betrayed by a George Bush who was influenced by the neo-con PNAC agenda after 9/11. We were told that we were attacked on 9/11 because the terrorists hate our freedoms and democracy…not for the real reason, becuase the Arab-Muslims who attacked us hate our middle-eastern foreign policy. That hasn’t changed since America invaded and occupied Iraq…in fact it has gotten worse.
It would be so amazing if your show would put me, or another parent who lost their child on who disagrees with the war and this administration: to have just an entire show..without presenting the false side of the debate. That would take a lot of courage and integrity. I hope your program will exhibit these qualities.
I also think that Mr. Koppel owes me an apology for the rude way I was treated on his show. After I expressed myself about the war being based on lies and that the troops should be brought home immediately because the war was based on lies, I was not thanked for my comments, or my son’s sacrifice. He just said to keep the discussion away from emotions. Then, the wife of a soldier who was killed was allowed to speak and she praised the policies of this deplorable and despicable administration, and she was thanked and praised by the panel.
I consider her to be a 100% anti-semitic after reading the above. And she has the nerve to call Bush “hitler”. Wow!