The left has found its next cause célébre in the form of Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier who was killed in Iraq.
Sheehan is being exploited, pure and simple. She herself is exploiting the memory of her son for partisan talking points. This entire affair is ghoulish in the extreme.
Spc. Casey Sheehan joined the military of his own free will. He reenlisted in the military of his own free will – apparently against the wishes of his mother. He made the honorable choice to serve his country, and he lost is life in the service of this country – joining millions of other Americans who have given their lives during times of war. Cindy Sheehan has ensured that his memory is being turned into a deeply divisive partisan campaign in which she’s appropriating her son for herself.
Sheehan had already met with the President once before. This is what she said then:
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.
Sincerity was something Cindy had hoped to find in the meeting. Shortly after Casey died, Bush sent the family a form letter expressing his condolences, and Cindy said she felt it was an impersonal gesture.
“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.”
And now Cindy Sheehan is sitting in Crawford, Texas making herself into a media whore and spouting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Cindy Sheehan, the woman who met with the President and stated that President Bush was “sincere” is now spouting the same kind of inane rhetoric one would expect from the deepest fever swamps of the left.
Mrs. Sheehan has the right to express her opinion. She can protest – within the law – all she wants. However, she doesn’t deserve a pass on her lies and her actions. She’s turned her personal grief into a political spectacle, and the more she speaks the worse things come. No doubt that once she becomes too hot to handle the leftist media will drop her just like they’ve dropped the cavalcade of anti-Bush figures that they’ve propped up in their continual attempts to manufacture dissent.
Furthermore, to anyone who understands anything about Bush knows that the President cares deeply about the soldiers. We’ve all seen it in his face, at the RNC Convention last year, in his speeches, and in his actions:
Privately, Bush has met with about 900 family members of some 270 soldiers killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. The conversations are closed to the press, and Bush does not like to talk about what goes on in these grieving sessions, though there have been hints. An hour after he met with the families at Fort Bragg in June, he gave a hard-line speech on national TV. When he mentioned the sacrifice of military families, his lips visibly quivered.
Newsweek‘s article gives a view of the President that he deliberately hides. Anyone with even a smidgeon of doubt that assumes that Bush doesn’t care about the families of the soldiers killed in this war doesn’t know the President in the slightest.
Spc. Casey Sheehan gave his life for his country of his own free will, reenlisting in the Army and serving with honor. He was an adult, a citizen, a patriot, and a hero.
Cindy Sheehan is a woman whose private grief has been systematically exploited for political gain. She is tarnishing the cause for which her son died, and systematically aiding the enemy in their propaganda campaign – endangering the lives of his fellow soldiers in Iraq.
But Sheehan isn’t the worst player in this whole sordid affair. That title belongs to the ghouls who are using a mother’s grief to further their own political ends.
The way to honor Spc. Casey Sheehan and all the other soldiers who died in this conflict as well as those who continue to serve in Iraq, Afghanistan, and everywhere else in this global conflict against Islamic extremism is to support their mission and see to it that the cause for which they died shall not have been in vain.
UPDATE: This is why Casey Sheehan is the person who should be getting the media attention here.
Specialist Sheehan was a mechanic with an artillery unit attached to the 1st Cavalry who reenlisted in the military at the age of 24. During his final tour in Iraq, a group of soldiers from his unit were attacked by terrorists in the Sadr City district of Baghdad. Specialist Sheehan volunteered to go in which a rapid rescue force to get those men out of that firefight. His commanding sergeant told him that as a mechanic he did not have to go into that fight.
His response: “I go where my chief goes.”
Specialist Sheehan never returned from that mission.
That is bravery and heroism, and that is why it is soldiers like him, not the peanut gallery back home who should be getting the attention of the media.
UPDATE: Jeff Goldstein is on a roll with this story, and he’s pulling no punches in mocking the moonbats who are trying to milk this story for all its worth. Meanwhile, La Shawn Barber makes the impassioned argument that we should all just let this whole thing go. Were Sheehan not being used as a tool by the anti-Bush left, I’d agree, but when she’s making herself into a public figure she’s opened herself up to a great deal of very well-deserved criticism.