General Betray-Us and

I have often been critical of, basically because I feel, for the most part that they support Democrats to the detriment of democracy. However, was a big help to me at Camp Casey in August ‘05 and organized the thousands of candlelight vigils that occurred across the country. I will always be grateful to them for that.

I had a policy when my children were younger. I would always try to catch them doing something “right” (sharing, being kind, etc) and I would praise them and give them a treat. In that vein, I have to give my 100% support to in regards to their right-on ad in the NYT that has become even the object of a Senate denouncement.

It must be hard for to have 21 Democratic Senators vote to denounce the ad when has been so supportive of the party. However, I don’t think that it’s appropriate for the Senate to be voting on newspaper ads, when it is a clear 1st Amendment right of anyone in our representative republic to place such ads, whether one agrees with them or not, and with almost half the Senate Dems voting to denounce MoveOn’s freedom of speech and the Dem leadership taking impeachment “off the table” and giving BushCo more latitude to spy on us, I wonder which part of our Constitution the Dems will defile next?

Today, George, in his unbridled and un-matched arrogance and just abject stupidity called the MoveOn ad “disgusting.” What I find more disgusting is a cowardly Commander in Chief and all of his supposed underlings lying to our country and the world and sending our young troops to fight, die, be wounded and kill innocent people when they were too “busy” to do the same in their mistake of a war: Vietnam.

What I find disgusting is CNN (where I just saw Eli Parisier of MoveOn debate a pro-war person) rarely criticizes the occupation or shows the tragic consequences of this war and they are raising money so a poor Iraqi boy can have reconstructive surgery on his badly burned face. That is great, but what about examining the reasons little Youssif was burned in the first place and start calling for an immediate withdrawal of troops? What about the millions of other Iraqis who have been wounded or displaced? Who is telling their stories and raising money for them to be whole and have homes?

What I find disgusting is General Betray-Us allowing himself to be used as a political force field for the lying administration and lying himself. Sectarian violence is not down 80%. The General Accounting Office reports that hundreds of Iraqis are killed every month and 50,000 leave their homes on a monthly basis. The only reason some places are safer in Iraq is because the neighborhoods have been ethnically cleansed and the sectarian militias are providing security to small geographic areas. In the very violent south; Shi’a Mahdi are fighting Shi’a Badr. It is a disaster that needs to be faced and solved now, not put away until the spring or prolonged so Dems can get the White House back in ’08.

General Betray-Us has not only betrayed America and his oath of service, but he has betrayed the very troops he should care about more than being an “ass-kissing little chicken-shit” to a Commander in Chief who has spent years betraying the troops. It is time to truly support our troops and start withdrawing them immediately. Not to “pre-surge” levels but to “pre-invasion” levels. It is time to listen to the people of Iraq and force the mercenary killers and other contractors to leave and give the people of Iraq back their jobs (50% unemployment rate in some areas, some areas higher) and their country.

The occupation of Iraq is a disaster and I applaud MoveOn for moving a little closer to the true “anti-war” movement and encourage them to come with us farther.

Anyone who is concerned with the rapid slide to fascism should be supporting MoveOn in this battle.

Anyone who cares about democracy over Democrats (or Rethugs) should join me in supporting MoveOn in this particular struggle and in bringing MoveOn more fully to the table with the peace movement.

Thanks MoveOn for speaking for the majority of Americans and please stick to your so-called guns. The struggle is worthwhile!

Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc. Casey Sheehan who was killed in Bush's war of terror on 04/04/04. Sheehan is a congressional candidate running against Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco. You can visit her campaign website at She is the co-founder and president of Gold Star Families for Peace and The Camp Casey Peace Institute. Read other articles by Cindy, or visit Cindy's website.

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  1. Ruben Botello said on September 21st, 2007 at 8:37am #

    I certainly do support MoveOn’s ad, and you, Cindy! Their opponents are not only condeming free speech, they are condemning the truth about the betrayer and so many other mass murderers.

  2. john walsh said on September 21st, 2007 at 11:50am #

    Right on, Cindy. Of course to catch MoveOn doing something right you have to be almost as eagle-eyed as necessary to catch the Dems doing something right.
    BUT the name BetrayUs should stick. It should be used widely. The more the better since this guy is a propaganda tool for the war and hopes to be pres himself in 2012.
    Who would want a pres with a name like BetrayUs?
    john walsh

  3. jim slaybaugh said on September 21st, 2007 at 2:30pm #

    bush 41 gave a speech in Asia & was offended when the audience booed him
    because of bush 43… In rebuttal bush 41 claimed that his son was a good man
    & an honest man…
    As a 70 year old american citizen I believe that DUBYA is neither…
    He is not good–he is an incompetent fool…
    He is not honest–he is an inveterate liar & even at that he is not good…
    murkans are physically & intellectually lazy ,we deserve this sad caricature as
    representative of our unwillingness to deal with serious issues…
    If Presnit bush(small b) had half the balls of Cindy Sheehan this nation would be respected…deservedly so……

  4. milosevic said on September 21st, 2007 at 3:38pm #



    “If Presnit bush had half the balls of Cindy Sheehan this nation would be respected…”

    So what’s needed is a “tougher”, more “manly” president, with bigger “balls”?

    How would such a person be different than Bush? Would he kill more people? Isn’t Bush doing fairly well at that?

    Should women avoid politics because they don’t have the “balls” for it? Is Cindy Sheehan now an honorary “man”? Why does she need “balls” to do what she’s doing?

    Isn’t this reactionary sexist crap part of the problem?

  5. Daniel said on September 21st, 2007 at 8:36pm #

    Hey guys and gals, it’s time to demolish the Statue of Liberty. It could be pulled down much like the statue of Saddam though surely it would make a much bigger splash.

    America is fast becoming a fascist state, one that the whole world fears with good reason. Time to get your house in order or pull down the statue because, currently, it is a fraud!

  6. jim slaybaugh said on September 22nd, 2007 at 3:30pm #

    Whoa Milosevic..
    Apparently my point was not clear enough, (due to a poor choice of words)..
    I respect Cindy because she is courageous & honest..
    I do not respect bush because he is not courageous or honest..
    However, my syntax was inappropriate & for that I apologize.

  7. gerald spezio said on September 23rd, 2007 at 11:59am #

    I just learned this morning (Sunday) that our Senate passed a resolution praising General Petraus, and condemning Move-on for its lack of taste – specifcally framing the General’s name as Betrayus.
    At first I thought that the article was a spoof, but nay, it is real.
    Our elected leaders are working hard to protect us.
    We are protected from terrorists and terrible taste.
    Taste is how English literature majors determine truth from falsehood.

  8. Debi Todd said on September 23rd, 2007 at 2:36pm #

    I followed the ‘whole’ thing: from the responses of the republicans to the senate on C-SPAN – The republicans wasted a lot of time during the transportation portion (the week after the ad ran), but were unsuccessful at getting it added.

    They finally did so this past week and voted it in on Thursday. I sat there dumb-founded as I heard all the “ayes” being recorded as the amendment passed.

    I gained respect for Hillary Clinton that day. She voted against it while Joseph Biden and Barack Obama didn’t even show up to vote.