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Friday, August 12th, 2005

Author: Marty Martorella

    From the beginning the far right has claimed that the only way to support the troops is to support Mr. Bush. The fact is that most Americans support the troops without regard to political associations. It would be nice it the White House would also support the troops, but that does not seem to be the case. I say this because as soon as anyone speaks up the smear campaign starts.

On April 4th last year, 24-year-old Army Specialist Casey Sheehan died in Iraq. This week, while President Bush vacations in Texas, Casey's mother, Cindy Sheehan, sits vigil outside the president's ranch. Cindy says that she won't leave until President Bush meets with her to discuss the war—even if it means spending all of August there.

Cindy Sheehan was not an anti-war activist, but the loss of her son and the mounting evidence of deception by the Bush administration pushed her to speak out. Cindy simply wants to meet with the president to ask him to tell the truth about why her son died—and to stop using Casey's and other soldiers' deaths to justify continuing the war. But Cindy's reflections on the war are also a reminder to all of us about the importance of getting involved:

I shamefully and regretfully admit that before Casey was killed in Iraq I didn't publicly speak out against the war. I didn't shout out and say, “Stop. Stop this insane rush to an invasion that has no basis in reality. Don't invade a country based on cherry-picked intelligence and despicable scare tactics. You don't use our country's precious lifeblood unless it’s absolutely necessary to defend America.” If I had broken the bonds of my slavery to silence sooner, would Casey still be alive? I don't know.

   For me it is unfathomable how anyone could attack the families of those troops which have fallen in battle. Such people who would do that have no concept of what it means to support the troops. Media Matters reports;

One day after smearing protester Cindy Sheehan, O'Reilly claimed he and Malkin were “respectful” to her

   Here are three examples of the smear campaign from the right;

1)  The Bush-bashing mother of a soldier who died in Iraq last year has garnered quite a bit of buzz from the MSM for her anti-war vigil outside of Crawford, Texas. Drudge highlights her rather drastic change of heart:

2)  Anti-War Pigs Update: Cindy Sheehan as Michael Moore's Stooge

3)  Cindy Sheehan: Are Those Crocodile Tears? Ordinarily I have a great deal of sympathy for the families of soldiers who die in combat defending our freedom. I lose that sympathy, when I see those same family members using the death or injury of their loved one for political gain.


   The question that I have is why do the extremist known as Neo-Cons feel the need to attack a grieving mother? What would be wrong with a president who calls himself a Christian meeting with that mother? One is left wondering what type of Bible does Mr. Bush read.