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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Now That's A Cindy Sheehan Of A Different Color

I feel great sympathy for Ms. Sheehan, sorrow for her loss, and great gratitude for the sacrifice made by her son Casey. But looking back of the Cindy Sheehan of a little over 1 year ago, I have to ask myself, what has happened? Her tone and demeanor have changed completely. Here are some quotes from an 06/24/2004 article in the Reporter of Vacaville, CA:

We haven't been happy with the way the war has been handled," Cindy said. "The president has changed his reasons for being over there every time a reason is proven false or an objective reached."

The 10 minutes of face time with the president could have given the family a chance to vent their frustrations or ask Bush some of the difficult questions they have been asking themselves, such as whether Casey's sacrifice would make the world a safer place.

But in the end, the family decided against such talk, deferring to how they believed Casey would have wanted them to act. In addition, Pat noted that Bush wasn't stumping for votes or trying to gain a political edge for the upcoming election.

"We have a lot of respect for the office of the president, and I have a new respect for him because he was sincere and he didn't have to take the time to meet with us," Pat said.

"I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis," Cindy said after their meeting. "I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith."

The trip had one benefit that none of the Sheehans expected.

For a moment, life returned to the way it was before Casey died. They laughed, joked and bickered playfully as they briefly toured Seattle.

For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again.

"That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together," Cindy said.
What has brought this shift? Is she stalled in the grieving process? Has she just had a change of heart? Is she be encouraged and enabled by people with political agendas? I think these are questions that Ms. Sheehan should answer. But I'm not going to camp out in front of her house to get them.

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Cindy Sheehan's fmaily has released a statement regarding her "vigil." From Drudge:

The following email was received by the DRUDGE REPORT from Casey's aunt and godmother:

Our family has been so distressed by the recent activities of Cindy we are breaking our silence and we have collectively written a statement for release. Feel free to distribute it as you wish. Thanks, Cherie

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 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.


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

It sounds like Cindy may not be thinking straight or may have a motive somewhat different from the one she claims.


Anonymous 8/11/2005 05:18:00 PM  

Well about Cindy's statement one year ago, she has claimed that the "downing Street Memo" is what angered her most about the war in Iraq.

I read the message by her grieving aunt and godmother, I just don't buy that that is a reason why we should think Cindy's mission is not out of motherly love and her feelings of betrayal. People don't always have to get along or agree with all of their family members. I know I sure don't. I'm sorry that they are upset, but by giving that message to Drudge, well and not their local paper. well I think their might be a little blue and red battle going on around the dinner table.

I learned something very interesting about Mr. Lincoln. He always had his door open and nothing was more important to him than meeting with grieving mothers. He met with both the blue and the gray.

Kevin 8/11/2005 05:41:00 PM  

Actually a bit more info has come out about the family's statement. It has been definitely verified, and released to more media than just Drudge, including KSFO Radio in San Francisco. Of course I doubt that Michael Moore or Moveon.org will showcase it on their websites.

As for Mr. Lincoln, I believe President Bush does a very good job of meeting with the wounded solidiers and the families of those killed in action. In fact he met with Cindy Sheehan and several other families just over a year ago. A meeting which she seemed to have been quite pleased with.

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