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August 12, 2005

Family to Cindy Sheehan: shut up already

From WorldNetDaily...

Relatives of Cindy Sheehan – who is holding a vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch – are now blasting the California woman, claiming she's trying to promote her personal agenda "at the expense of her son's good name and reputation."

Sheehan has been camping outside of the president's property in Crawford, Texas, hoping to have a second meeting with Bush, to express her displeasure with the ongoing war in Iraq in which her son, Casey, was killed.

From the Drudge Report...

In response to questions regarding the Cindy Sheehan/Crawford Texas issue: Sheehan Family Statement:

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.

Sincerely,

Casey Sheehan's grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.

Bloggers have not been very sympathetic to Sheehan's use of her son's death to further her personal political agenda, calling her a media whore, an anti-semitic moonbat, a stalker. The Left, of course, have blindly stuck by her, like they do anyone who criticizes Bush.

Some of Sheehan's neighbors are also not very supportive of her protests. The Daily Republic reports on the reaction from some of Sheehan's neighbors...

Diane Kraft, a 46-year-old Vacaville resident, thinks protesting the war hurts the morale of the troops. Her husband served in the Navy and her stepson was on an aircraft carrier in the Middle East when the U.S. military invaded Iraq.

"This is a military town. People here can't help but hear what she's doing, " Kraft said. "Cindy Sheehan has a right to her opinion that her child died in vain, but imagine what that does to all the military families here who have to listen to it over and over."...

Vietnam war veteran Barry Ringler doesn't believe it's possible to support the troops and protest the war at the same time.

"Protesting does us no good whatsoever," he said. "At first I totally sympathized with Cindy Sheehan, but now I think she's going about it the wrong way.

"The way I see it, she's out there looking for a spotlight to get under."

The Gloucester County Times reports on a New Jersey mother of a slain solder...

Marine Cpl. Marc T. Ryan, of Gloucester City, was killed in an explosion in Ramadi, Iraq in November.

"I would tell Cindy Sheehan that, as one mother to another, I do realize your loss is your loss and there's nothing you can do to heal from it," said the corporal's mother, Linda Ryan.

"George Bush didn't kill her son, it's the evildoers who have no value of life who killed her son. Her son made a decision to join the Armed Forces and defend our country, knowing that, at any time, war could come about," Ryan said.

She said she's been on the end of those kinds of conversations several times. Recently, when she took her dog in for medical treatment, the veterinarian, despite seeing Ryan's memory bracelet and the necklace bearing a portrait of her son, started telling her how much she hates George Bush.

"I've decided I'm just going to say, 'I realize you have your opinions, but it aches me, it's heart-wrenching for me'," said Ryan.

"George Bush was my son's commander-in-chief. My son, Marc, totally believed in what he was doing," she said.

But the most poignant response is the letter published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal from a soldier to his mother, who was considering joining a war protest...

Dear Mom,

It's really your decision to march if you want to or not. You are the one who has to decide if what we are doing out here is right or not. My opinion is not yours.

I do, however, have things I would like for you and Grandma and everyone else at home to know.

I am a United States soldier. I was sworn to defend my country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. People may not agree with the things we are ordered to do. I would like to address those people by telling them that terrorism is not only a threat to us as Americans, but to many other innocent people in the world.

What type of country would we be if we didn't defend the rights and freedoms of others, not because they're Americans, but how about just because they're human?

We live in a country where people feel secure with their daily lives. They do business like usual and don't worry about the thought of terrorism actually happening to them.

The people of 9-11 thought the same thing. We now know that it can happen to anyone at any time.

Yet as Americans we're afraid of losing our soldiers to defend our security. I can only speak for myself when I say that my life is an easy expense to ensure that my family and friends can live in peace.

I strongly believe in what we are doing and wish you were here to see for yourselves the honor and privilege that American soldiers aboard this ship are feeling, knowing that we are going to be a part of something so strong and so meaningful to the safety of our loved ones. Then you would know what this potential war is about.

We will stand tall in front of terrorism and defeat it. We as soldiers are not afraid of what may happen. We are only afraid of Americans not being able to understand why we are here.

I ask for your courage as Americans to be strong for us; I ask for your understanding in what we believe is right. I ask for your support in what we are sworn to do: defend our country and the life of all.

We will succeed in our task and will end the threat of terrorism in our back yard. We will also end the threat of terrorism in our neighbors'.

We have to remind ourselves of what this country stands for: life, liberty and justice for all. In order to maintain those rights we have to stop the threat of terrorism.

I am proud to be here. I will be coming home, but not until I know that it's going to be safe for all Americans and for everyone I love.

My family is first. My country is where they live. I will defend it.

Lonnie J. Lewis
Navy corpsman
C Co. 1/4 WPN PLT
UIC 39726
FPO AP 966139726

P.S. Mom, please send this to everyone who has a hard time understanding why we are here. Ask the paper to put what I've said in a column so that others will know why we are here and what we are here for.

I love you all and will be home soon. I left my address so that if anyone feels like writing to let me know how they feel, they can.

Coverage: Right Wing News, Captain's Quarters, Michelle Malkin, Shot in the Dark, Mark in Mexico, Reihl World View, Jawa Report, HyScience, Don Singleton

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 12, 2005 09:29 AM

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