August 11, 2005

A Family Matter

I haven't spent any time covering the Cindy Sheehan story. There's no way to win, really - criticizing a parent who has lost a child is a bad move. And she has every right to believe and say what she wants, and protest in any legal way open to her. Her agenda matters nought to me - although the agendas of the groups that have wrapped themselves in Sheehan's stunt are cynical in the extreme.

Interesting, though, to note that the rest of Sheenan's family has apparently spoken out, according to Drudge:

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.


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

It's going to be an awkward Christmas at the Sheehan house...

Posted by Mitch at August 11, 2005 12:33 PM | TrackBack

"It's going to be an awkward Christmas at the Sheehan house..."

They've got to get through Thanksgiving first.

Posted by: Waco Kid at August 11, 2005 02:56 PM

It's interesting that you feel her comments are not worthy since they are not yours but you will print those only of people who discredit her opinion.

Posted by: Fade at August 11, 2005 03:10 PM

By the way, several other Sheehan family members are there, currently supporting her, So by not naming these specific family members, Drudge report does what it always does.. spin spin spin

Posted by: Fade at August 11, 2005 03:12 PM

"It's interesting that you feel her comments are not worthy since they are not yours but you will print those only of people who discredit her opinion."

Why do you find it interesting?

It's my blog. I have overt, honestly-stated prejudices.

Posted by: mitch at August 11, 2005 03:24 PM

You ever notice, Fade, how a soldier's mother who opposes the president's Iraq policy gets all sorts of media attention, but those soldiers' mothers who support the president get no mention at all? You ever wonder why that is? Let's put our heads together on this. Hmmmm. Hmmmm.

Also, I wonder what Sheehan would do if the President actually DID come out and talk with her. Would she accept the President's answer and quietly pack up and go home? Hmmmm. Hmmmm.

Gosh, it's almost as if Sheehan's conducting some sort of publicity stunt or something.

I fail to see where Mitch said her comments were unworthy, by the way. Speaking of spin.

Posted by: Ryan at August 11, 2005 03:33 PM

Dammit, Mitch!

Posted by: Ryan at August 11, 2005 03:34 PM

No, Ryan, you're right. I agree about Cindy Sheehan's performance, completely. She had a perfectly-normal audience with the President after her son was killed, and spoke approvingly of the experience.

Suddenly, she's the cause celebre.

Seem suspicious, "Fade?"

She has her right to her comments - and by the way, if I don't happen to carry all of them, not to worry - she's got the San Fran Chron and a zillion other querulous newspapers to do it for her, plus MoveOn and Pacifica and a slew of other lefty media groups to get her word out.

She doesn't need my help!

Posted by: mitch at August 11, 2005 03:38 PM

Cindy Sheehan certainly has suffered a great loss, and has every right to feel angry and bitter.

But there are still about 140,000 troops in Iraq. A well-publicized "demand" to speak with President Bush, coupled with an obviously partisan "impeachment tour," encourages the same people who killed her son to kill more. After all, the terrorists and fascists know they have no chance to defeat us militarily. Their only hope is to make our presence bloody enough that we leave. Cindy Sheehan has the right to complain about her own experience, but not to contribute to the loss of others.

In short, no matter how much loss she has suffered, a decent compassion for those who still have sons and daughters at stake should tell her this kind of grandstanding is just wrong.

Posted by: Tom Henderson at August 11, 2005 03:51 PM

Wow, an unsigned email. I guess you didn't check the font.

Posted by: Geek, Esq. at August 11, 2005 03:56 PM

Geek: I'm trying to remember the Latin word for non-sequitur.

Or are you referring to the one in the NEXT piece? Look, I didn't even get the "unsigned email", I just linked to a blog post.

An interesting one.

Posted by: mitch at August 11, 2005 04:00 PM

It is not only sad to see this poor woman damage her son's memory, but how left wingers are egging her on.
Al Franken accused O'Reilly of accusing her of treason, though he made no such accusation. David Brock accused Drudge of "taking out of context" Cindy Sheehans words following her first visit with the president, though Drudge posted her entire quote.

Posted by: askor at August 11, 2005 04:14 PM

"Or are you referring to the one in the NEXT piece? Look, I didn't even get the "unsigned email", I just linked to a blog post.

An interesting one."

I would suspect that an unsigned, anonymous email circulated by Matt Drudge deserves a bit of skepticism.

I wonder if he'll be putting a siren over a new money-making opportunity from Nigeria next.

Posted by: Geek, Esq. at August 11, 2005 04:29 PM

I don't know why she thinks that just by talking to the President, that she's going to get him to change course, get him to cut and run from Iraq. Ain't gonna hap'n. Considering what she wants to happen, she should maybe be camped out in front of Michael Moore's New York apartment, demanding that Moore run for President in 2008.

Posted by: RBMN at August 11, 2005 05:18 PM

Hey! Jane Fonda needs all the support she can get. And what else are Moore's moonbats to do while they wait for the vegetable oil bus? It's August -- ain't nobody in Washington, may as well go to Crawford. How else can Ralph Nader get back in the news??

Posted by: Eracus at August 11, 2005 05:44 PM

I'm sure that, what with the deceased family member, it wasn't going to be the best of Christmases already.

Posted by: rew at August 11, 2005 05:55 PM

"I'm sure that, what with the deceased family member, it wasn't going to be the best of Christmases already"

I'm sure the last year (including Christmas) has been hell, considering her son died in June of 2004.

Posted by: Bruce at August 11, 2005 06:42 PM

"I'm sure that, what with the deceased family member, it wasn't going to be the best of Christmases already"

I'm sure the last year (including Christmas) has been hell, considering her son died in June of 2004.

Posted by: Bruce at August 11, 2005 06:42 PM

Mitch, I got hoodwinked by

Somehow I ended up on their 'speak out' list and did-negatively. They ignored the comment, saying it 'may' be on the website, but captured my name to the 'friends of Cindy.' Damn.

Posted by: Kathianne at August 11, 2005 06:46 PM

Cindy Sheehan isn't the only person to ever lose a child. She's just the biggest whiner. Get over it Cindy. I lost my child and I don't camp outside the Presidential Ranch like a barking moonbat. You are an embarrassment. Learn to knit. It helps.

Posted by: Nomorelies at August 11, 2005 06:54 PM

I saw news coverage of Cindy Sheehan in passing today and I could have sworn that was Joe Wilson sitting beside Cindy. Michael Moore, and other left leaning groups are using this grieving mother as a pawn to further their own agenda: namely: Bash Bush ,effect and undermine the security of the United States.
What on earth does this woman hope to accomplish by carrying on in this way? Her son was a soldier. He died. Families grieve. Presidents grieve and so does the entire country, for we know what they sacrificed for our freedom. President Bush states that his heart breaks and I know that it does. It breaks my heart that even one of our soldiers has to pay the ultimate price for that effort. But, we have to fight. For we are nothing if we do not. I don't know what more to say to the poor woman for there is nothing else. We besmirch her son's memory and risk our own freedom by doing what she seems to want.
We have a fight on our hands and we have to win this. How many parents other than Sheehan have lost son's and daughters. And have to go on with life. Many support our efforts for they know that we are at war and must fight that war.
President Bush has already met with her and that should be enough for any one mother or parent.
There is nothing else for him to say to her for he cannot and will not do what she says she demands. : Pulling the troops out of Iraq and bringing them home. This simply cannot be done and secure the peace and safety of our country.
I feel for Cindy's loss but we cannot apease her. She now needs to go home and shut up.

Posted by: Snowbunnie at August 11, 2005 07:08 PM

Lots of good stuff on this thread...I say "Amen" to Snowbunnie's comments. My son (especially if he had signed up twice) would be ashamed of me. My son is a Deputy Sheriff and if he were killed in the line of duty (which is a possibility EVERY day) I would not blame the Sheriff or the County Commissioners or anyone but the criminal who shot him or whatever. I worry about him, but since he CHOSE to do what he does, just like Sheehan's son did, you butt the hell out and shut up. Disgraceful.

Posted by: Colleen at August 11, 2005 08:44 PM

"I'm sure the last year (including Christmas) has been hell, considering her son died in June of 2004."

No offense meant. I just assume that it doesn't get easier that quickly. Holidays areusually a difficult time.

You may not agree with her stance, and I honestly don't understand the amount of attention it is garnering, but she is still a grieving mother. There's not really a time limit of getting over grief.

Posted by: rew at August 12, 2005 08:30 AM

There is no time limit in getting over grief. Sometimes it takes years and years... and one really never recovers completely.
One just goes on but in the process does not throw every principle out the window.
Allowing oneself to be used by the left who have an agenda to undermine the war, President Bush and everything the US does is a complete disgrace to her son's memory.
What presupposes Mrs. Sheehan suffers more than the rest of us who have lost loved ones? To war, to other loss.
It appears she seems to think that her pain and loss is tantamount to forcing the president to throw good sense and caution to the winds and ensure the destruction of the very country her son died to defend.
The president should not meet again with this woman. There is nothing to say to her. Somebody pry her away from those leeches who have attached themselves to her for underhanded and political motives.
I have heard enough from the likes of Michael Moore and Joe Wilson. They have proven beyond doubt that they do not support the United States, our Troops and our fight for freedom and democracy.
I certainly do not find the same words they have spouted coming out of Mrs. Sheehan's mouth to be anymore acceptable.
She does her son's memory no service, nor does she help those who fought beside him and are now in a theatre of WAR.
Please, those who really care for this woman, come and carry her away from this disgraceful display.

Posted by: Snowbunnie at August 12, 2005 12:59 PM

I had no idea Cindy Sheehan was so affliated:

I no longer have any sympathy whatsoever for this woman. I hope it is HOT in that puptent in Texas!

Posted by: Snowbunnie at August 12, 2005 01:40 PM

Meanwhile, three children are killed from a bomb blast. The same people killed these children as killed Sheehan's adult son. And those same people would gladly kill Cindy Sheehan whether the U.S. troops are in Iraq or not, simply because she is not one of them.

Posted by: ken at August 12, 2005 04:23 PM

Check this out:

Posted by: Teena at August 13, 2005 11:45 AM

Anyone take note of the date on the document? If I didn't know that it was produced in 1992, I might guess that it was an advisory group working with the Clinton administration but it was during Bush One's term. The CATO Institute, a well-respected think tank now advises the present Bush administration, who clearly do not follow its advice. Maybe Cindy Sheehan wouldn't be in Crawford right now if the elder Bush had passed on some of the information contained in the article.

Posted by: Teena at August 13, 2005 11:07 PM

Continuing...from Alan Reynolds, senior fellow at the CATO Institute, "In "The economics of war," The Washington Times, Page B3, Nov. 24, 2002, I wrote: "Those most eager for a U.S. invasion... claim to have indisputable information about Iraq's 'weapons of mass destruction.' Yet they are equally confident that inspections will fail because those same weapons will supposedly be impossible to find.... [They] say we must be in a big hurry to invade before Iraq acquires weapons of mass destruction, thus changing the complaint from weapons Saddam has to weapons he wishes he had. But that is equivalent to admitting Iraq does not yet have the many dangerous weapons that were supposed to justify invasion in the first place -- gas, germs, nukes and (more importantly) the means of delivering them to U.S. shores.... Those who claim to be certain that Iraq has a formidable arsenal of fearsome weapons also express inexplicable confidence that those weapons pose no danger to U.S. troops.... My understanding (from cited sources) is that homeland risks from chemical or biological terrorism are smaller than from, say, two snipers.... My best guess is that war and its aftermath would be more costly and difficult than the optimists admit."

Posted by: Teena at August 14, 2005 11:01 AM

All I have to say to that is: "Able Danger"!

Posted by: Snowbunnie at August 16, 2005 12:21 AM

I am a Military mom and Cindy Sheehan DOES NOT SPEAK FOR ME...gOD bLESS AMERICA!

Posted by: Karen at August 21, 2005 03:53 PM

Thanks!!! furniture Very nice site.I enjoy being here.

Posted by: furniture at July 7, 2006 09:17 AM

the stuff is totally disturbing -
she lost all the credit she had in my eyes.

Posted by: pizza guy at October 10, 2006 10:50 AM
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