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August 24, 2005

Defaming the fallen in Crawford, Texas

From the Associated Press...

Nearly 600 white wooden crosses in perfectly straight rows stretch down the narrow road leading to President Bush's ranch, a sea of names in the grassy ditch. Lt. Seth Dvorin. Sgt. David W. Johnson. Daniel Torres. Casey Sheehan. ...

To some relatives of the fallen U.S. soldiers, however, it isn't a tribute to heroes but a political statement by liberal groups with whom they disagree.

Sherry Orlando, a spokeswoman at Fort Campbell, Ky., said she doesn't want her husband, who was killed in Iraq in 2003, to be used "for someone's political agenda."

"Being in the military ... was who he was. It wasn't just a job. He supported what he did and I support that as well," she said....

Last week Gary Qualls, whose Marine son Louis died in Fallujah last fall, went to the Crawford site and yanked up a cross bearing his son's name. He said it was disrespectful because he disagrees with the protesters' views and supports Bush.

But Qualls said the demonstrators keep replacing the crosses. Since then, Qualls said, he has removed two more crosses bearing his son's name. The three crosses are now in front of "Fort Qualls," a pro-Bush camp set up last weekend in downtown Crawford.

It's a shame that Cindy Sheehan has disgraced her son's memory by using his death to serve her own personal politics, but to then use the names of the sons of other grieving parents and widows is outrageous. If Cindy Sheehan's status as “grieving” allows her a pass on criticism of her rantings, surely the complaints of other, equally (or should I say, apparently more genuinely) grieving people trump her imagined immunity from the scorn she rightfully deserves.

The Waco Herald-Tribune reports...

Michelle Mulkey, a spokeswoman for the peace movement that Sheehan triggered just outside the town of Crawford, said Tuesday afternoon that Sheehan was expected to be back at her makeshift campsite near the Bush ranch sometime after 5 p.m.

Frankly, I'd like to know how Cindy Sheehan's mother is doing. Maybe they might consider that “private” but since we all are aware she had a stroke, a word about how the person many of us have been praying for is doing would be appreciated.

Meanwhile, the people of Iraq, who Cindy Sheehan seems to think are being victimized by George W. Bush, now have drinking water...

The marshlands of Iraq, which were drained during the early 1990s, are returning to their original state.

Under Saddam Hussein, the area of marsh was reduced to a tenth of its former size, as the government punished people living there for acts of rebellion.

The latest United Nations data shows that nearly 40% of the area has been restored to its original condition.

What a horrible thing we did, allowing the people of Iraq to have fresh water. We should be ashamed of ourselves, shouldn't we. I wonder where Cindy and her minions get their water from while sitting in the hot Texas desert? Oh, that's right, from the city of Crawford, which proudly supports Bush. Imagine that, providing free water to someone you disagree with.

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 24, 2005 08:44 AM

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Give it a rest. This war was started unilaterally on false pretense of WMD and invented fear of imminent attack. Sheehan is a true patriot who has every right to question Bush and the policies of this corrupt administration.

Posted by: Steve at August 24, 2005 09:11 AM

Geez, I guess I got it all wrong - it was about the water.

Posted by: john at August 24, 2005 09:45 AM

"Sheehan is a true patriot "

A true patriot? For doing what exactly? Her son is the patriot. Cindy disagreed with him when he enlisted, disagreed when he reenlisted, and would most certainly have disagreed with him when he volunteered to go on the rescue mission that took his life. Casey is the real hero - he didn't have to go on that mission, especially since he was a mechanic, but he knew what his duty was and he gave his life for his fellow soldiers.

All Cindy ever did was disagree with him, and now, when Casey can't speak for himself, she's using him to further her agenda. She makes me sick.

This war was not started unilaterally. We didn't go in it alone, as much as you like to believe we did. Go back and read all those UN sanctions Sadamm violated, and you'll see that we had every right to do what we did.

Posted by: Sean at August 24, 2005 10:27 AM

Cindy who?

Posted by: SherlockRWBShoes at August 24, 2005 01:19 PM

Posted by: Hesiod at August 25, 2005 10:51 AM

Lying about what? I checked out your post, and you make a big stink about nothing, and never explain exactly what he is supposed to have lied about.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at August 26, 2005 07:00 PM

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