Dead Wrong

A new book called Dead Certain by Robert Draper of GQ magazine was just published. I haven’t read it yet and I don’t know when I will have the time or the intestinal fortitude to read an account of the presidential life of the person who was responsible for the death of my oldest child, Casey, but I have seen reports and read excerpts from it. I cannot profess complete knowledge about it, but of course, one of the excerpts particularly caught my eye and imagination.

George and Bar’s oldest son, George, claims that he “cries” on “God’s shoulder” frequently. Is this the same man who said in response to a question from a reporter in August, 2005, about not meeting with me that he had to “get on with his life?” Is this the same man who bragged frequently that he sleeps like a new-born baby every night?

Repeatedly, George and his neocon cabal of corrupt murderers lied through their perfect establishment teeth about the reasons for taking our country into a disastrous invasion and even more disastrous occupation of Iraq. We know from the exposition of the Downing Street minutes and such books by and about such BushCo insiders as George Tenet, Paul O’Neil and Richard Clark and the mission of the White House Iraq Group that was commissioned to sell the invasion to a gullible American public that EVERYONE knew the impending invasion was not, and could not legally or morally be justified, but by hook, but mostly by crook, they were going full-steam ahead anyway.

The excerpts that I have read from the book makes it seem that Georgie is a lonely little boy playing President and sometimes he feels like he is slipping into “self-pity” but his Stepford-Bush wife, Laura, reminds him that he asked for the job. I suspect from everything that I have read about George (especially, Bush on the Couch, by Dr. Justin Frank), observing his demeanor when he gives speeches or press conferences (smirking, blinking, giggling, sweating, liberal use of personal jabs and sarcasm), and by his arrogant posturing that the “self-pity” does not come from any kind of remorse for the hundreds of thousands of misused American troops and innocent Iraqis that his policies have killed, but because his approval ratings are in the toilet and people just don’t like him.

I am sorry, but if George has to fight to save himself from the presidentially dangerous emotion of “self-pity” I don’t pity him at all. Yes, he is a tool of forces and people who are far more powerful and infinitely smarter than he, and he has been used as a puppet, or more descriptively as a tool, but he put himself in the tool-box of the ruling class corporate fascists that the Bush clan have been charter members of for generations.

I have been a recipient of the fascist pain that came with a high price tag for my family, but high rewards for the war-profiteers. I have sobbed with other mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and children of other soldiers who have similarly had to pay the ultimate price for the sins of the profiteers. I have cried with Iraqis who have been wounded or displaced by the same sins and I have seen the same sorrow in the eyes of Iraqi mothers who have lost their entire families for this American brand of greedy imperialism. I have cried and cried to the brink of dehydration, however, I don’t have the same kind of comfort in my convictions that George does that I have always been “Dead Certain” in every choice I have made and the ill-informed (but honorable) choices that Casey made. I don’t have the shoulder of a God who told George to bomb Iraq to the “stone ages” to cry on that gives me comfort or absolution from my sins that George has. Most of the time, I just cry into the pillow of another motel.

How can George always be Dead Certain that his choices were correct when he was always clearly “dead wrong?” Casey and hundreds of thousands of others are just plain dead.

I hope that Mr. Draper wrote his book too soon. I hope he will have to amend it with a final chapter about how George and his creepy cabal were impeached by a Democratic Congress that finally found some Constitutional courage and George and his side-kick, Dick, had to slink back to their respective dungeons to live in detested infamy for the rest of their unnatural lives. Occasionally coming out in the light of day to clear brush or shoot a friend in the face.

Figuratively chained to their homes by national and international animosity, with no pardon from President Kucinich. One can dream, can’t one?

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. James B. Storer said on September 6th, 2007 at 6:21pm #

    This lady (Sheehan) is such an inspiration to that small percentage of us who saw the handwriting on the wall before the 2000 election. Bravo, she ends this article with mention of Dennis Kucinich, who I believe to be easily the most worthy candidate for President among the announced candidates of the two major parties.

  2. Jeremy Wells said on September 6th, 2007 at 10:44pm #

    An interview with antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan
    By David Walsh
    5 September 2007
    The two-party system disenfranchises everybody, even people who vote. They only represent the special interests and not the people. I don’t identify with the Democratic Party, I don’t identify with the Republican Party, I don’t identify with the Green Party, so where does that leave me. Voting for lesser of two evils? No, I like the coalition governments. I wish the people of America would have the courage to really explore having different parties. I think having a lot of parties in this country would be a good thing.

    I would like to have a party that I could identify with. Like a people’s peace party, or something like that, which could really have some kind of say in the political dialogue, in the political discourse, in the decisions, that would be awesome.

    Here is the link to the full article:

    Note at bottom of the article several more links regarding Cindy Sheehan.

  3. Daniel said on September 6th, 2007 at 11:07pm #

    Your illustrious President is polluting our country at the moment, Cindy. He is heaping praise all over John Howard one of his few supporters.

    How the man, with an entourage of 700, has the gall to come here with his ratings in the U.S. so low and grandstand himself is beyond me. But then as they say, ‘No Arse – no Class.’

    Cheers and Take Care.

  4. DEB-Z said on September 9th, 2007 at 10:15am #

    May God bless you for all the pain and heartache you have endured.
    You have been the best of the best role model of peace, information
    gathering, and confronting people on their outrageous decisions.
    Thank you for speaking out for the masses that truly have no representation. We are a capitolist country with little in control of
    voting for representation in the political arena.
    Loved reading your article keep everyone informed Cindy…I am a working mother of two teenagers and always read and follow you!
    You live in many of our hearts and hope for the future of a country lost
    in capitalization not caring about military or civilians….as our jobs and money move overseas….I wish many people that are in control in this country follow their great green dollars overseas as well…THEY HAVE ALL SOLD OUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND ARE A SHAME TO THIS