06 September 2006

Today's rant (and quotes of the day)

Cindy Sheehan's son Casey was killed in Iraq, and since then she has become the most vocal of the anti-war protesters. I obviously do not know the pain that a parent goes through when losing a child, so I have no idea of what is inside the mind of Sheehan. However, I can evaluate her words and actions:

Cindy Sheehan has repeatedly asked to meet with President Bush. This is understandable given her loss. However, Sheehan has apparently forgotten that she and the families of 16 other soldiers killed in Iraq actually did meet with President Bush in June 2004. Her continued attempts to meet with the President are purely motivated by politics, as if to portray the President as someone won't meet with the poor mother who lost her son in Iraq.

In an interview with the Waco Tribune-Herald, Sheehan talked about recent events. Concerning her meeting with Venezulan President (and nutcase) Hugo Chavez:
"The reason President Chavez is the way he is is because the CIA orchestrated a coup against him."
This is the same Hugo Chavez who said:
“Enough already with the imperialist aggression! Down with the U.S. empire! It must be said, in the entire world: Down with the empire!”
About Iraqi citizens:
"I have met with many, many people who live in Iraq and I wonder how many other people in America have had the opportunity to talk with so many (of these) people."
Really? How many trips has Cindy Sheehan taken to Iraq to speak with the people? Talking to Iraqi ex-pats in the United States is one thing. Talking to people on the ground right now is another.

On her role in the movement:
"This year I am right in the middle of mainstream America."
Surely I must be way out of touch with mainstream America if Cindy Sheehan is right in the middle!
"I just got out to call attention to the fact that our country was waging an illegal and immoral war and that there are a lot of people in our country and in Iraq suffering because of it."
As opposed to the millions who suffered under Saddam Hussein and the many thousands murdered for opposing him?

On her son Casey:

He was against the war...Yeah, he was against the war, he was against George Bush. He never voted for him. Our family has always been pretty liberal. He didn’t want to go to the war, but he felt it was his duty.
He "felt" it was his duty? Casey's feelings really don't matter all that much. It was his duty. And frankly, who cares whether Casey voted for George Bush or didn't vote at all? Who cares if the Sheehan family is liberal? How does that affect one's duty to do their job? How many times did Casey "never" vote for George Bush? Casey was 24 when he was killed in April 2004, which means the 2000 election (when was 20) was the only time he could have ever voted for any President.

On her medical problems:

I have to go home and get my health back. I’m not recovering as quickly as I hoped...“[A hysterectomy is] major surgery, what’s the matter with you?” Actually, before my surgery, when I was in the hospital the week before, I almost bled to death from (gynecological) problems. And then I was fasting for 37 days. And I’ve been so busy and I think I just got run down. I need to go home and get my strength back.

Sooo. Let me get this straight: she almost bled to death, then soon after decided that rather than recover, she was going to fast for 37 days (which also hospitalized her), and eventually required a hysterectomy. Her frequent trips to the 100 degree heat in Texas were following the doctor's orders, I am sure. No wonder she isn't recovering as quickly as she hoped! What is this? Is she trying to become a martyr for her movement? I can see it now: "The pain and suffered endured by years of grief eventually took her life." Blah!

On the future of her "movement":
"I hope he’s not in office till 2009."
Ah, so the real truth comes out.
"My residence is going to be a tree house..."
How about electricity?

"No...we want to stay off the grids."
I'm not done yet, I saved the best for last:
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 George Bush who was influenced by the neo-con PNAC agendas 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, because the Arab Muslims who attacked us hate our middle-eastern foreign policy.
So, let's recap: met personally with Hugo Chavez, socialist nut and good friend of Fidel Castro; claims the CIA plotted against Chavez; demands a second meeting with Bush, even though she's reported two widely different accounts of her meeting with Bush in June 2004; wants to live in a tree-house "off the grid," and thinks the U.S. foreign policy designed to protect Israel (apparently guided by neoconservatives) is the cause of our involvement in Iraq. The crux of her argument: our "hateful" Middle Eastern foreign policy is responsible for 9/11, ergo, Bush is personally responsible for Casey's death.

Mainstream America, eh?
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