Sorry I asked…
Aggie put on her hip waders last night to step into the muck that is Michael Moore, so it seems only fair that I don my hazmat suit to see what that “absolute moral authority”, Cindy Sheehan has to say about President Obama’s Libyan adventure.
Thanks to the helpful feedback I have received over these past two, or so, years, I have seen the enormous error of my ways.
I used to be against ALL wars and the use of violence, but (and I must admit a little confusion on this one, at first) now it seems that I am against wars, acts of war, and violence ONLY if a Republican is president. Now I understand with perfect clarity that it was good to protest Bush—and if the US-UN resolution against Libya was done when Bush was president, it would have been wrong—but now it’s “compassionate.” I must admit, I was a little shocked to find out that the US actually commits compassionate acts and, again, silly me—I thought most acts of war and war were for profit. I realize that only a jerk (or racist) would think that now. I have repented.
I cringe with embarrassment when I think of the wasted years imagining that there could be any other way to solve problems without killing more innocent people! It’s okay to bomb Libyans to save Libyans (or Iraqis to save Iraqis; or Afghans to save Afghans; or Yemenis to save Yemenis, etc) because a Democratic president who has been given the cover of the UN Security Council may bomb them. Yep, it’s all starting to make sense. With all the continuing conflicts, imagining a world without war was starting to seem useless—and now I know it was! Phew!
This is another kooky idea I had—that the Security Council of the UN oftentimes, if not always, bowed to the will of the global oligarchy—or should we say, OILigarchy. I chuckle, because apparently that notion was either dead wrong, or was just a fact of life up until January 20, 2009.
Here’s another mistaken notion that I labored under all these years: Torture is inhumane and a war crime. Up until just last week, I thought the US torture camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba should be closed and that military tribunals should not resume—but President Obama signed an executive order to keep Gitmo open and resume military tribunals. Wow, it’s like from almost one day to the next, torture and illegal, indefinite detention became acceptable practices.
She concludes (after great length):
War is Peace!
Freedom is Slavery!
Ignorance is Strength.
2 + 2=5
Note to self: sarcasm can be overdone. See above.
So, what’s an unreconstructed Leftist to do? They plucked this guy from obscurity (it doesn’t come much more obscure than the Illinois state senate) and put him in the White House, and all he can do is apply Chicago politics on an international scale. And play golf (badly from the look of it). I almost feel sorry for them. I definitely feel sorry for my children.
Speaking of ratios and direct proportion (as I did below), I suggest there is an inverse proportion to the number of dead Afghan civilians and the outrage of the Left. Evidence supports the theory that the Left loses its anger and outrage as the death toll mounts.
There has been a large increase in the number of civilians killed in the war in Afghanistan for the second year in a row, according to a UN report.
More than 2,700 civilians were killed in 2010 – up 15% on the year before.
The UN says that the Taliban and other insurgents are to blame for the rise – 75% of all deaths are down to them.
The numbers killed by government and Nato forces is sharply down – they were to blame for 16% of deaths.
However the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville in Kabul says that the recent accidental killing of nine boys by American forces show that the deaths of Afghans at foreign hands resonates deeply, and provokes even greater outrage than killings by the Taliban.
Top Nato commander Gen David Petraeus apologised for the incident last week.
It was described by President Hamid Karzai as “merciless”. He warned that foreign forces would encounter “huge problems” if the “daily killing of innocent civilians” did not stop.
I apologize in advance for my language and to all felines in our readership, but Karzai is a pussy. He knows that without US and NATO troops, his head would be on a pike before sunset. I personally know several families that would happily see their enlisted children home for Easter or Passover rather than in the godforsaken gravel pit of Ass-stan.
But aren’t we creating the terrorists? Isn’t that the operational theory of the Left? Every drop of blood spilled by the Taliban is actually on our hands, I thought. Or have we moved on from that juvenile line of thinking?
[M]y reply to her was: “It’s about time, too bad few people have been disillusioned by Obama’s violent foreign policy!”
Last March, I called for the same kind of action on the National Mall—camp out and refuse to leave until Obama set a date for complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq—we didn’t even get tens of dozens of people to come out to Camp Out Now, and it’s not really possible to make a stand with about 20 people. Tens of thousands of committed people would have made a difference, twos of tens could not.
MoveOn.org, the amazing anti-Bush and anti-Republican online activist organization that has met few Democratic War Mongers that it didn’t love, is calling for rallies at all 50 state capitol buildings on February 25th—what a bunch of astounding hypocrites that organization has turned out to be—the only reason that MoveOn.org is getting behind the working people is because they know, that like the war in Iraq when Bush was president, this is an issue that can highlight the failures of the Republican Party while conveniently ignoring the fact that, besides take the money of organized labor, the Democrats have done very little in recent memory to elevate the economic and social conditions of the working class in this country. [A 119 word sentence---that's my girl.]
The failure of the economy to work for the working class is systemic–it is not a partisan issue. It’s a class issue—and while Obama gives lip service in support of the cause wherever there is a Republican governor, he’s sending the children of our working class (military recruitment has been Obama’s only successful jobs’ program) to kill the children of the disadvantaged in foreign lands.
Cindy may be crazy, but she’s always been crazy. And if she had “absolute” moral authority before, she still has it now. She may be wrong about “children of our working class” killing “children of the disadvantaged in foreign lands”—it’s children of the disadvantaged killing other children of the disadvantaged—but I think she’s right about the rest of it.
At least under a Democratic president:
Most of us presumed that the protests were more about Bush than the wars when they took place, but even the skeptics have to be a little surprised just how uncool the anti-war movement has become since Barack Obama took place. The neo-Stalinist International ANSWER, one of the groups featured in this film, must have thought they were achieving some sort of mainstream penetration into politics when Democrats started flooding into their rallies. Now they’re back to street-corner protests and “Honk If You <3 Peace” rallies and wondering why it suddenly got so lonely.
That’s awfully harsh. It’s way past time we checked in with the Left’s pin-up girl, Peace Mom herself, Cindy Sheehan. Wassup, C-She? Gettin’ any?
This Sunday (January 16th), Cindy presents admirably scurrulous election satire by no less than George Carlin…
George Carlin! That’s cutting edge, peace mama! But that was last Sunday—and isn’t scurrilous spelled scurrilous?
I interviewed Yoko Ono on Thursday, January 4th for Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Radio Show. The interview itself, besides being a great coup for my show, struck a deep chord with me.
God, if I had to listen to that, I’d want a strong cord—to hang myself. You gotta stay relevant, PM!
The anti-war movement has been on the decline for years after it peaked in the Fall of 2005. There are many reasons for this—some are tired; some are poor; some hated Bush, but not so much his wars; some are frustrated and discouraged; some were in the movement just to destroy it from within—and some have just grown more and more fearful of the creeping fascism of this “Post-9/11” terroristic government.
Creeping fascism! Tell me more.
Near the very end of the interview, I told Yoko about our idea of Re-Creating Revolutionary Communities (RRC). [...] It’s about creating revolutionary change in our own communities or tribes.
On second thought, don’t:
We can do this by growing and trading as much of our own food as possible (while advocating for more seasonal consumption of food, native seed, organic farming, water-conservation, etc); trading goods/services and supporting our local thrift stores and merchants; being the primary educators for our children/grandchildren and other community’s children (while advocating for increased funding and more diverse and well-rounded curricula in our neighborhood schools); creating local economies based on trade and local scrip when we can; making/saving as much energy as we can (while advocating an end to the resource wars and increased investments in renewable and sustainable forms of energy); running for local city councils and school boards….
“Local scrip”? She sounds like Jared Loughner. Didn’t he go on and on about a new currency?
Come on, Cindy. You know what daddy likes. Put out already:
Since Obama is Commander in Chief, I want him arrested for these, and other murders. Not only has Obama tripled troop strength to Afghanistan, he has quadrupled bombings in Pakistan by un-manned aerial vehicles since he ordered his first drone strike on January 23, 2009. Being an over-achiever and Nobel Peace Laureate, I guess he didn’t want to be outdone by his predecessor in the senseless carnage department. Obama is targeting whomever he wants to target with his Presidential Execution Program and has been indiscriminately using drones in Yemen. The serial-imperial killer Barack Obama had this to say about the tragedy in Tucson on January 8: “Such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society.” First of all, I wonder what country Obama lives in and, secondly, he presides as president of the Empire over much of these “terrible acts of violence.”
I hope it was as good for her as it was for me.
But seriously, as deranged as she sounds (and I really think she at least ought to be interviewed by authorities for such inciting language), this is how she always sounded. Only the president has changed. Now, no one will talk to her. No one knows her. Only a few of us remember the fabulous woman she once was.
Believe me, I know how pointless it is to ask—but someone with absolute moral authority must have something to teach us:
Today, I got an email from James Carville who is from this area and who has been a kind of critic of the Obama administration over the whole “Oil-Cano” incident in the Gulf, and it has a picture of Sarah Palin with “Drill, baby, drill,” superimposed on it. This email is supposed to make us think that the fault of this cataclysm is totally confined to the Republican Party, and more specifically to the right-wing idiot faction of the RP.
What are we supposed to do with this information? Are we supposed to react to this email from the DCCC with horror and be profoundly grateful that McCain/Palin didn’t win? If the Republican ticket got into the White House, there might have been an enormous explosion from a drilling in the Gulf of Mexico that is spewing tens of thousands of barrels of oil into the ocean, threatening life on this planet as we know it?
Oh, that did happen and the administration is Democratic.
We are supposed to forget that the Obama regime granted BP the license to drill where it was in February of 2009.
We are supposed to forget that the Secretary of the Interior, Ben Salazar is a great friend of the oil companies/offshore drilling.
We are supposed to forget that about three weeks before the spill, Obama and Salazar announced a comprehensive offshore drilling plan at Andrew’s Air Force Base with much patriotic hullaballoo.
We are supposed to forget that Obama received more money from BP than any other candidate in the 2008 race.
We are supposed to forget that the US does not have a comprehensive energy program that does not include the use of fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas) or the promotion of clean, sustainable and renewable sources of energy.
I probably let her go a paragraph too long—and it’s Ken Salazar, Cindy, not Ben—but I wanted to let her make her point.
Omoeba’s horse’s-assedness is consistent, even if his other positions are not.
And I haven’t seen this elsewhere, but it’s pretty outrageous [Correction: I did find it elsewhere, but Cindy's site is using it, too]:
People must know what the visual reference is, but if they don’t—Vietnam:
Like I say: outrageous.
Not about President Bush.
About President Omoeba (sorry, Moaba):
Since the day the Nobel Laureate was sworn is as emperor, he has increased the use of CIA controlled drone bombings in Pakistan. In fact, the raw numbers are triple those of the final five years of the Bush regime. Obama is the Drone Bomber for sure and thousands of civilians have been killed or chased from their homes into filthy refugee camps by Obama’s war of terror.
To these people, joking about dropping Hellfire missiles on the Jonas brothers is no laughing matter. Are presidents really that freaking insensitive, or do they just not care if their “jokes” are in the poorest of bad taste?
Yes, if you haven’t heard, Obama did inform the Jonas brothers who were in attendance at the dinner that if they had any romantic designs on his two young daughters that he would target them with “Predator drones.”
From the NY Times:
The American military released a scathing report on Saturday on the deaths of 23 Afghan civilians, saying that “inaccurate and unprofessional” reporting by a team of Predator drone operators helped lead to an inadvertent airstrike this year on a group of innocent men, women and children.
The report said that four American officers, including a brigade and battalion commander, had been reprimanded, and that two junior officers had also been disciplined. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who apologized to President Hamid Karzai after the attack, announced a series of training measures intended to reduce the chances of similar events.
That’s all well and good—but don’t give up the Drones. After the catastrophe in the Gulf, Obama has understandably (wrongly, but understandably) run away from all off-shore drilling. You might similarly expect him to ban the use of these “indiscriminate” killers from the sky.
He won’t—because, unlike the oil, Afghani villagers explode far from prying cameras—and he shouldn’t. They are too valuable. There are those who say that such “arcade” warfare is immoral, that to rain down hellfire and brimstone on our enemies without any risk to ourselves is wrong. I don’t see it. A moral people (as I believe we are) ought to use whatever means they can to defeat their enemies with the least damage to innocents and to themselves. These Drones, while not perfect, accomplish just that.
You can chastise me for overlooking this wrongful death, but I don’t. The Taliban are still over there, and still a threat to many over here and there (and in between). If we are to fight them at all (you are free to dispute that if you like), I’d prefer the use of a Drone over conventional methods with their own misdirected blasts and unintended consequences. And I sure as hell prefer them over nuclear weapons.
Now, you can really chastise me for observing that if we had been using the Drones in Iraq in 2004 (or more of them, if we were using them after all), Casey Sheehan, who volunteered and served proudly and honorably under his commander in chief, President Bush, might be alive today.
Have at me.
Good for President Obama for meeting with the troops in Afghanistan. As this is his war now, he owes them at least that much.
Of course, being himself, he couldn’t just cheer them up and give their mission meaning and purpose.
We can’t forget why we’re here. We did not choose this war. This was not an act of America wanting to expand its influence; of us wanting to meddle in somebody else’s business. We were attacked viciously on 9/11. Thousands of our fellow countrymen and women were killed. And this is the region where the perpetrators of that crime, al Qaeda, still base their leadership.
Plots against our homeland, plots against our allies, plots against the Afghan and Pakistani people are taking place as we speak right here. And if this region slides backwards, if the Taliban retakes this country and al Qaeda can operate with impunity, then more American lives will be at stake. The Afghan people will lose their chance at progress and prosperity. And the world will be significantly less secure.
And as long as I’m your Commander-in-Chief, I am not going to let that happen. That’s why you are here. I’ve made a promise to all of you who serve. I will never send you into harm’s way unless it’s absolutely necessary. I anguish in thinking about the sacrifices that so many of you make. That’s why I promise I will never send you out unless it is necessary.
Well, thanks, we kind of expected that already.
But we get it: Afghanistan is not Iraq (even though Al Qaeda was there, too and even though it, too, had a brutal dictatorship hostile to America and responsible for more than a few American deaths; and even though it, too, was a threat to its neighbors). Completely different, nothing alike—check, point conceded.
What else—or was that it?
In that case, let us hear from someone else with thoughts on the subject:
Palm Sunday was on April 04, 2004 that year—04/04/04—the date that will live in infamy to our family—and to the other families, American and Iraqi that were killed that day.
Six years and hundreds of antiwar events later, the wars rage on and people’s lives are still being destroyed.
My question was then, and will always be the same: “For what noble cause?”
Today, the new War Criminal in Chief call the war in Afghanistan, “absolutely essential,” when he was there on a surprise visit.
It’s absolutely essential for the war machine, but since US casualties have doubled in 2010, there have been and will continue to be mothers, fathers, and other loved ones all over this world who will marvel at how its possible to live with a heart that is so irreparably crushed.
I know it’s not Palm Sunday’s fault that Casey was killed. It is just another day that brings extra pain to my life where every day is filled with the pain of losing Casey.
Easter time is supposed to symbolize rebirth and new life. I was reborn on Palm Sunday in 2004, but the price was too steep. A price no parent should have to pay.
Regular readers will know my pretzel logic on this issue: I’m pro-war, but I support Cindy. I was for liberating Afghanistan the first time (she might have called me a War Criminal Blogger). But it didn’t stay liberated. Some of that may have been due to our split focus on the Iraq war, but the bulk of the blame falls on the Afghanis themselves—their leadership, their military, their people. (Please put the quotation marks around those terms yourselves—I use them all loosely.) What makes us think they are any more likely to hold on to the country we leave them this time?
And speaking of countries that won’t be free much longer:
While we were standing before the judge, we were also ordered to stay away from the White House as a condition of our release and the parameters were clearly defined and we were told that if we violated that “stay away order,” we would spend a mandatory “six months in jail.”
Six months in jail for walking on a sidewalk near the White House? Three of the people who were jailed for 50 hours had never even been arrested in DC before—and the other three of us have been arrested multiple times in front of the White House when George Bush was president and never had a stay away order imposed. As a matter of fact, activists in the DC area can’t even recall when a stay away order from the White House has ever been imposed.
Stay away orders seem on the surface to be as un-Constitutional as “free speech” zones, but our soft-core fascist state has continually ruled in favor of these limits on free speech saying that what we say can’t be limited, but where and when we say it, can. Consequently, protesting seems very futile if we can’t even get near the people or things we are protesting. Limiting the “where and when,” does severely limit our “what,” if no one can hear.
This is the same Cindy Sheehan who was hailed for staking out Bush’s ranch in Crawford, who made the news nightly back in his day, who was crowned the “absolute moral authority” on whatever particular issue of the day.
But she wasn’t done:
The day after I got out of jail, I decided to go to the Hill to attend a robotic warfare hearing and I quickly made a small sign that said: “Drones Kill Kids,” and I was holding it quietly in my lap as I listened to the testimony. Holding small signs is generally tolerated, if you don’t wave it, or hold it up and block anybody’s view. Having no intention of interrupting the hearing since I was interested in the topic, I was surprised when a staffer of the Chairman, John Tierney, approached me and told me to put the sign away, or I would be kicked out, along with my colleague, Josh Smith who was sitting next to me and also holding a sign.
I patiently explained to her that holding a sign was my right and I was being quiet and respectful. Sure enough, during the break, the Capital Hill police came to eject us from the hearing.
John Tierney (D-MA), I’m so proud to relate.
The next day, we found out that Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates were testifying on the 33 billion dollar supplemental war-funding bill. The hearing was changed from a Senate office building to the Capitol building and put into a small, small room. We decided that we would try to at least get close to the closed hearing to express our freedom of speech, so we headed to the Capitol and got in line at the visitor center.
About eight of us were in line for about three minutes when a phalanx of Capitol Hill police (including motorcycle and bike cops) approached us and asked what our “intentions” were. I said that if they didn’t ask everyone in line that same question, their presence and interrogation bordered on “harassment.” A female cop averred that she didn’t think it was “harassment”—isn’t that nice, a harasser doesn’t think she’s harassing?
After standing in line to get in, then standing in line to get a ticket for the Capitol Hill tour, and then watching a movie about our wonderful Congress and the wonderful things it does and has done, (even bragging about the brutal Indian Removal Act of 1830) we got into the Capitol and were followed by the same phalanx of cops. At one point, I peeled off and went up a staircase and a member of our group heard a cop say: “oh, oh, we lost Cindy.” Needless to say, we were all promptly rounded up and escorted out of the building.
I was told in the Park Police station by a cop that if I “stopped protesting, I wouldn’t have to keep going through this.” A member of the group that spent two days in jail was told that by one of the cops that he didn’t “like protesters.” I was told in the Capitol building—our House—that our freedoms were just “bullshit.”
I can’t tell you how many Priuses and Volvos in this area have pale spots on their bumpers where these bumper stickers one proudly proclaimed:
Well, our great experiment didn’t go as well as we planned here in DC. My vision was a Peace Camp that would serve the needs of the campers as far as housing and food were concerned (that part worked) and the campers would then commit aggressive acts of civil resistance (that part didn’t) in the nation’s capital to shut down the violent military-corporate empire that we live in. In the opinion of members of Peace of the Action, living here in the US gives us special responsibilities for stopping it.
Anyway, we had hundreds of people come through camp over the week that we were allowed to keep it up. Dozens were college students that worked very hard while they were here and we were sorry to see them go back to their schools after break. The thing that we were hoping that would happen and never did—was that hundreds of people would stay and help us claim the camp as a permanent presence on the mall.
It’s true that the Park Police thwarted us and watched (and photographed) every move we made. However, if we had the numbers, we could have taken a more credible stand against the repression of our rights. When the Park Police came out and shut down camping on the first day—part of our name “Camp” was shut down, too.
What a bunch of weenies you anti-war types are. I mean, gold-plated, USDA prime, unadulterated wankers. Cindy did everything for you, and you couldn’t be bothered to get arrested with her. She’s 52 years old, and she did three days the pokey, while you “college students” got the hell out of Dodge when you saw the law coming. Lo-sers. What, did you want her to make you some meatloaf, too?
How could you disappoint her so badly?
We have wonderful organizers and I know I worked as much as is possible for one person, but we had to face facts that the will is just not in our fellow Americans to sacrifice a few creature comforts to create true and lasting change. It’s so much easier to vote for a smooth-talking snake oil salesman than to roll up ones sleeves and do the dirty, hard, yet gratifying work of empire change.
Even though we had some rough times in DC with the Police State and Camp OUT NOW is physically gone (for the time being), we are not giving up the spirit of shutting down this town for Peace.
Sounds like she’s giving you another chance, though:
To take advantage of the energy and enthusiasm of our young people, we are planning on returning in June to set up Camp and start our actions again.
So we will be keeping the spirit of the Camp alive until the students get out of school and, hopefully, we can make a go of it in the summer.
It’s really up to you—we have laid the foundation, now it’s your turn to be the builders.
Cindy, they couldn’t build a bong, and they have the motivation, believe me. I just don’t want to see her hurt again. Love her or hate her, she’s already hurt a lot. With his federalizing of student loans and the keeping of kids on their parents plans until they’re 26 (26!), Obama has bought the loyalty of this generation of college students. I just don’t see them sleeping rough for you, especially when you talk about him the way you do (“war criminal”—really, Cindy?):
It’s so much easier to vote for a smooth-talking snake oil salesman than to roll up ones sleeves and do the dirty, hard, yet gratifying work of empire change.
By the way, not only was our demand to meet with President Obama not granted—three of our Camp OUT NOW volunteers (including myself) have been given stay away orders from the White House.
They like the snake oil, Cindy. You can get high off it.
PS: At least she can remember happier times:
Yes, but it takes over two days.
Cindy Sheehan takes us into the belly of the beast:
As soon as I crossed the barrier, I was slammed by a couple of cops, handcuffed and then actually run around the front of the White House while the cops tried to find a paddy wagon to stick me in—about 50 people were running with the cop and I, yelling: “Let her go, let her go.” When the officer and I finally got to the paddy wagon, I was surprised to find that only two others had followed me. One other crossed the line to bring our detained numbers up to eight.
During my speech at the rally, I iterated the importance of “throwing our bodies upon the gears” of the machine, as well as marching—I got a huge cheer and during the march the participants chanted: “Whose streets, our streets.” Eight detainees? Apparently the streets are only “ours” when we have a permit–god forbid we take them when the event is not permitted by the Police State!
Why, when the barrier was compromised, did more people not follow us to actually put their beliefs into higher relief than merely marching in a circle on Saturday? While we were being (tightly) handcuffed and loaded onto the hot paddy wagon, the crowd of on-lookers chanted, “This is what hypocrisy looks like.”
I was, to say the least, very disheartened that hundreds of people didn’t join us. Watching the video of my “crossing over,” you can see a couple of people go over and then run back when the police come—but most of the people step back like the downed barrier is a livewire.
You people are the Maureen Dowds of the non-journalistic world—egging her on as the “absolute moral authority”, then abandoning her when the heat shows up. Cowards. I’ve always thought her a raving crackpot, but unlike you jellyfish, I’m giving her a little support in her time of need.
Well, those two days were some of the most miserable days of my life! We were taken to a lock-up and Elaine and I were put into a freezing room and I had a t-shirt and flip-flops on, being unprepared to be arrested. For four women, our cell had one cement block bench that was about 7-8 feet long, so at least one of us always had to be on the stone-cold floor. Sleeping was fitful as it was very chilly all night—and very noisy!
Thirty-six hours, and eight bologna-like and cheese-substitute sandwiches later, we were taken to the court for our arraignment and stayed in that cell for seven hours and were finally released at 5pm after we all pled “not-guilty” and were scheduled for a trial on June 9th.
Basically, six of us stayed in jail for 50 hours for an offense that ends up to be the equivalent of a traffic ticket and we even had to go to traffic court to be arraigned. I am positive that everyone in DC who gets a traffic ticket and is from “out-of-town” does not have to stay over night. Then, I found out that the penalty for my charge “Crossing a police line” doesn’t even carry any jail time. I spent two nights in jail on an offense with no jail time!
The icing on the entire crappy cake came when the eight of us were given a “stay away order” from the White House—I asked the Judge how could that be legal because we weren’t convicted of anything, but the Judge assured me that conditions could be placed on our release. I also think this is very suspicious considering our Camp OUT NOW actions were focusing on the White House.
Cindy may not be much of a prose stylist, but she can make a point succinctly when she needs to:
AND this never happened to me when Bush was president.
She was a she of a lot more belligerent when Bush was president, and probably presented more of a threat outside his home in Crawford than she does to Obama on the grounds of the Washington Monument.
In any case, she is the same raving crackpot, raving about the same wars waged by different presidents, killing the same people (well not literally the same). There’s only one thing I can see that’s changed, and that’s the president. Is that really enough for the rest of you?
Cindy Sheehan, the Peace Mom, is in the can:
Seven protesters, including activist Cindy Sheehan, have been arrested at an anti-war rally and march in Washington.
Sheehan began shouting “arrest that war criminal” through a bullhorn and pointing to the White House from an area of sidewalk park police had closed off Saturday afternoon. The other six protesters were among a group of more than a dozen who had lain down on the sidewalk next to a row of flag-draped cardboard coffins outside the White House fence.
The rally and march drew thousands to the park near the White House. This weekend marks the seventh anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
Cindy’s ben busted before, but the “War Criminal in Chief” might want to adopt another Bush policy (as he is so fond of doing) and meet with her:
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.
See, Barack? Before you throw a woman in jail, you at least ought to buy her dinner.
There’s even a picture purported to be from the meeting (it’s inconclusive, but it’s a homemade snapshot from Cindy’s old website):
It certainly looks like her family, from other pictures I’ve seen.
In any case, once Cindy’s met bail, she’ll head back to the Washington Monument to continue pestering the War Criminal.
How come when Cindy Sheehan squatted outside Crawford-bleeping-Texas, she was on the news practically every night, but now that she’s getting illegally run off the grounds of the Washington Monument—in full view of the President, no less—no one can be bothered to cover the injustice?
Fight the power, Cindy!
On Monday, March 15th, Camp OUT NOW, a Peace Camp erected by US Citizens on the lawn of the Washington Monument, was denied by the National Park Service its legal rights (based on National Park Service regulation 7.96) to erect temporary tents.
According to case law, tents are able to be erected as long as there is no sleeping—the Park Service forced the campers to take down the tents Monday afternoon immediately after they were set-up.
“On the 7th anniversary of an illegal war that has killed over a million people and in the shadow of the government that commits crimes on a daily basis, we will claim our legal rights to establishment an anti-war camp, and we expect to do so unmolested by law enforcement,” said Cindy Sheehan, National Director of Peace of the Action.
Peace of the Action is inviting all concerned citizens to join us at Camp this evening to help us fight the arbitrary enforcement of national law.
The action will take place Saturday night, March 20th beginning at 8pm.
From Yahoo News Photo Search: “We did not find results for ‘cindy sheehan’.”
I did find one image of today’s protests against the war(s)—from The Hindu—but it just makes my point:
Dude’s gone, honey. You’d think even The Hindu would know we had a new president—though they might be forgiven, since his policies are the same as the other guy’s.
True to her word, Cindy Sheehan has set up a protest camp opposite the White House (turn the sound down if Cindy’s voice grates on your spine like a road grader):
We set up our Peace Camp today (Obama flew over us in his helicopter twice) with very little glitches, except a few involving our permit and the Park Police. For the very first, very cold day, we had a solid 50 people, and the best news is, 25 of them are college students, and one of my organizers is a senior at Catholic University.
Today as I observed the young people interacting with each other and the other activists, I felt such energy and a renewed sense of real hope. For some people, the struggle for peace has lasted decades, even for me. I have been working so hard for almost six years now.
Besides a lot of peace energy being co-opted and diffused by the Obama campaign, a lot of us older activists are tired and in some cases cynical and almost bitter that our years of struggle have not produced our ultimate goal of peace—but it almost hurts to watch these young people burn with the fire of desire to make this world a better place.
One of them was wearing flip-flops in the video, somewhat undercutting his authority as a coordinator. But he had a cell phone!
Others are mobilizing against Obama, as well:
The American Civil Liberties Union sued the federal government Tuesday to learn the use of unmanned drones for targeted killings by the military and CIA.
“In particular, the lawsuit asks for information on when, where and against whom drone strikes can be authorized, the number and rate of civilian casualties and other basic information essential for assessing the wisdom and legality of using armed drones to conduct targeted killings,” the ACLU said in a statement, announcing its action.
Is that the Afghan Civil Liberties Union? Because I could have sworn that with a few scattered exceptions (all named Adam, for some reason), suspected Taliban terrorists were Afghani or Pakistani. And I don’t know that our Bill of Rights extends to Kandahar or Lahore.
You won’t be surprised to learn that Cindy doesn’t like drones either.
For those who might just have stumbled upon us, let me be clear (who else says that?): we support the efforts of President Obama to fight terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq, just as we supported those efforts under President Bush. To be even more precise, one of us (there are two) wonders why we have to re-liberate Afghanistan after we already liberated it once, and doubts very much whether the effort is worth it any more.
So we do not exactly support Ms. Sheehan.
But if she was overexposed in the Bush years, she is blacked out now. And if she had “absolute moral authority” only a few years ago, what happened to its absoluteness? In any case, if I had to spend bandwidth to refute her, I’m happy to spend bandwidth to give her voice, however small. We print plenty of comments disagreeing with our points of view; we have no problem with an occasional post putting out the opposing opinion.