“I know you can't bring Casey back. But it's time to admit mistakes and bring our troops home now.”
-- Cindy Sheehan, Camp Casey, Texas
They have plenty of reason to worry, too.
The big guns on the Right, Limbaugh, Hannity, Drudge and O’ Reilly, have been pounding away hour by hour, day by day, wielding every vicious slander they can muster, but without affect. The right wing, mudslinging machine simply hasn’t matched the grit of the unyielding Sheehan.
Who could have guessed that a middle-aged mother from Vacaville, CA could be so dogged?
“My son died for nothing,” Sheehan raged, “He was sent to fight in a war that had no basis in reality and was killed for it….I say my son died for lies. George Bush LIED to us and he knew he was LYING.
Why are our young people fighting and dying in Iraq? What is this Noble Cause you are sending our young people to die for?...Why did you lie to us? Why did you lie to the American people? Why did you lie to the world? Why are our nation’s children still in harms way and dying every day when we know you lied?”
Sheehan is untouchable. The Bush propagandists haven’t laid a glove on her and they’ve savaged their own credibility in the process.
The media has tried to connect Sheehan to the mythical “American Left” suggesting she’s a pawn of Michael Moore.
Ridiculous. It only shows their frustration.
Attacking the mother of a dead soldier is like putting out a campfire with your hands.
It can’t be done and it’s crazy to try.
The dissolute Bill O’ Reilly, a man who was sued for harassing an employee with sexually explicit phone calls, has the gall to challenge Sheehan’s patriotism?!!
What a joke.
O’Reilly never served a day in uniform in his life and quivers whenever a car backfires too close to his padded LA studio.
What a miserable excuse for a human being.
Everyone from Wolf Blitzer to Rush Limbaugh has tried to take Sheehan down, but nothing has worked. The Forth Estate has lost its thunder by wasting its energy on petty diversions, fabrications, and personal attacks. Now, Sheehan’s image is growing larger and the media looks more and more like the wretched, hectoring bullhorn it really is.
Meanwhile, Bush is planning another five day “Mission Accomplished” tour around America to promote his wilting Iraq policy. He announced his trip on his weekly radio address where he reiterated the same fictions that drove the nation to war.
“Our troops know that they're fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere to protect their fellow Americans from a savage enemy,” Bush boomed.
No one’s buying Bush’s palavering anymore.
The last time the Crawford chickenhawk appeared in a crowd of Americans who weren’t “handpicked” by Republican staffers was 9-11.
Think about that.
No president in the history of this country has been so widely reviled that he couldn’t show his face in front of the American people. That is, not until the deserter-in-chief took office.
Come out, come out, George Bush.
Come out from behind the concertina wire and your phalanx of security thugs.
You ran away from the Texas National Guard and now you’re running away from a wretched 48-year-old woman.
Come out of your bubble world and see the misery you’ve caused, you chicken-hearted phony.
Sheehan has tapped into the bottomless ocean of rage that seethes just below the surface of American life. That rage is appearing everywhere and cracking the citadels of power.
“I have been known for some time as a person who speaks the truth and speaks it strongly,” Sheehan said. “I have always called a liar a liar and a hypocrite a hypocrite.”
Ka-boom! A direct hit!
This is why Bush won’t face her. He knows he’d wither if he heard the truth. He knows he’d have to slink back into his spider hole and wait for his handlers to re-inflate his ego before he could play president again.
Sheehan occupies rarified ground; she’s the mother of a dead Marine and the nation’s heart is with her. She is completely above the fray, impervious to any of the “slings and arrows” aimed at her.
Since she began her crusade, America’s political dynamic has changed dramatically with the country leaning more and more heavily towards withdrawal. It would take a miracle for Bush to regain the momentum for the war.
Sheehan took on the world’s most powerful man and left him running for cover.
Bush has been beaten and he knows it.
Now, he should do the right thing and bring the troops home.
Mike Whitney lives in Washington state, and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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