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Cindy Sheehan's Exploitation Of The Tragic Death Of A Heroic American Soldier

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"I'm opposed to war generally," added a third woman. "I believe that both of those wars [Afghanistan and Iraq], but Iraq especially, are wrong."

Their statements echoed the words of Cindy Sheehan herself, who on Monday was asked by MSNBC's Chris Matthews, "If your son had been killed in Afghanistan, would you have a different feeling?" Sheehan answered, "I don't think so, Chris, because I believe that Afghanistan is almost the same thing."

"But Afghanistan was harboring the Taliban, was harboring al Qaeda, which is the group that attacked us on 9/11," Matthews said.

"Well, then we should have gone after al Qaeda and maybe not the country of Afghanistan," Sheehan said.

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Cindy Sheehan's son Casey died in Sadr City last year, and that fact is supposed to put her beyond reproach. For as the New York Times' Maureen Dowd informed us: ''The moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute."

Really? Well, what about those other parents who've buried children killed in Iraq? There are, sadly, hundreds of them: They honor their loved ones' service to the nation, and so they don't make the news. There's one Cindy Sheehan, and she's on TV 'round the clock. Because, if you're as heavily invested as Dowd in the notion that those "killed in Iraq" are "children," then Sheehan's status as grieving matriarch is a bonanza.

They're not children in Iraq; they're grown-ups who made their own decision to join the military. That seems to be difficult for the left to grasp. Ever since America's all-adult, all-volunteer army went into Iraq, the anti-war crowd have made a sustained effort to characterize them as "children." If a 13-year-old wants to have an abortion, that's her decision and her parents shouldn't get a look-in. If a 21-year-old wants to drop to the broadloom in Bill Clinton's Oval Office, she's a grown woman and free to do what she wants. But, if a 22- or 25- or 37-year-old is serving his country overseas, he's a wee "child" who isn't really old enough to know what he's doing.

Ah, well, they're not immediate family, so they lack Cindy's "moral authority." But how about Casey's father, Pat Sheehan? Last Friday, in Solano County Court, Casey's father Pat Sheehan filed for divorce. As the New York Times explained Cindy's "separation," "Although she and her estranged husband are both Democrats, she said she is more liberal than he is, and now, more radicalized."

Cindy Sheehan’s Exploitation Of The Tragic Death Of A Heroic American Soldier  


Lee P. Butler

Many commentators have written about the protesting, anti-war mother who has decided to camp outside the President’s Crawford ranch and create a publicity spectacle for herself and the anti-war movement by exploiting the death of her son, Casey, in Iraq.

Too many of those same commentators seem to feel the need to qualify their essays by explaining how they ‘understand the pain’ of the ‘grieving mother’. Yet, Cindy Sheehan’s actions do not mesh with those of a ‘grieving mother’ but those of an anti-war activist, so qualifying what she is doing only aids-and-abets her callous display self-serving emotionalism at the expense of her son’s heroic memorial.

Putting aside any skittish reactionism, would a mother wrought with pain over the death of her son truly be able to make the following comment? "You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you'll stop the terrorism," Sheehan declared while never once explaining just exactly how those two situations would actually end terrorism.

Okay, maybe she’s just not thinking clearly with all that emotional grief she’s dealing with as she smiles for the cameras and writes her daily blogs for tragedy-monger and Canada-loving, bash-America king Michael Moore’s website.

But then, she also uses the memory of her son in an attempt to go on a tax revolt, "My son was killed in 2004. I am not paying my taxes for 2004. 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."

Shouldn’t someone tell Ms. Sheehan that President Bush doesn’t run the IRS and what exactly does the death of her son have to do with her not wanting to pay taxes? There are millions of Americans who lost loved ones in situations they felt were undue, but they still paid their taxes including the ‘death tax’.

Eventually, the 48-year-old California anti-war protestor shows her true colors when she spews irrational vitriol and contempt at the President. "And now I'm going to use another 'I' word - impeachment - because we cannot have these people pardoned. They need to be tried on war crimes and go to jail."

You see, for this grieving mother, the war criminals are the members of the American government, led by President Bush, of which her son was once proudly a volunteer participant and they are the ones responsible for the death of her son, not the actual terrorists, cowardly killing people with homicide bombs.

According to Sheehan, all that impeachment and war crimes rhetoric could be laid to rest if President Bush would just meet with her for ten minutes... the elitist media pleads with the President every day, to just give Ms. Sheehan a ten minute meeting... even Democrat National Committee chairman Howard Dean said, "I think the president should meet with any parent who has sacrificed their son or daughter for the defense of the United States of America.”

Sacrificed their son or daughter? Could someone please tell Howie to lay off the glue for just one day. The members of our armed forces gratefully volunteered to serve in defense of this country and do so admirably. Every loss of life in our military is mourned by the entire nation, including the President.

"Look, I've been with the president of the United States when he has met with the families of those brave young men and women who have sacrificed,” John McCain told Fox News's Chris Wallace. “I have seen his compassion, I have seen his love, I have seen his concern. So any charge of insensitivity or uncaring on the part of this president, is absolutely false. He cares and he grieves."

What media elitists should be reporting is that Sheehan is asking for ANOTHER ten minute meeting because just as McCain referred to, back in 2004, President Bush met with Sheehan and her family.

The Sheehan family even posted pictures on their website that included one showing President Bush; who Ms. Sheehan now calls a killer and war criminal, kissing her on the cheek. It was also reported that she said, "I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis. I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith.” She also added, "That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together.”

Hold the flash bulbs and video spotlights in the ditch in Crawford for just a moment here! In 2004, Sheehan claimed the President wanted ‘freedom for the Iraqis’ and gave them the ‘gift of happiness’. Now she is charging him with being a war criminal who killed her son and imperialistically invaded Iraq for oil.

What happened? One would think her grief would have been more visceral and raw when she met the President the FIRST TIME and you would have expected her to have assailed him with her hate-filled rhetoric then, not now.

One thing has apparently changed. Then, she was still in tune with how Casey felt about his proud participation in the military and the war effort... now she has disassociated herself from that understanding and without him, has made the issue about her and what she wants.

Because of her self-interest, the rest of Casey’s family have been forced to present how Casey truly felt, contrary to his mother’s belief. “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.”

Why isn’t their message, in accordance with Casey’s, being carried in headlines across the nation? Because media elitists eschew their sentiments and agree with the Bush bashing, ego-centric ranting of Cindy Sheehan and the liberals who support her..

Ask yourself, would the mother of a fallen firefighter who lost his life while trying to save people from a burning building, camp out in a ditch in front of the property of the fire chief because, according to her, he had unnecessarily sent her son into harms way to put out the fire and she wants to meet with him to call him a killer?

Would the surviving spouse of a police officer who was killed while taking part in an operation to bring down a drug dealing cartel, associate herself with known anti-police organizations and take part in a vigil with full media coverage where she constantly bashes the police chief while asserting that the police only attacked the drug cartel because they were after the criminal’s money?

Casey’s memory deserves better and his mother should be ashamed not praised.

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