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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

 

Casey's mom


Cindy Sheehan is camped out on a dusty road in Texas, slowly parboiling her brain in the heat of a Texas summer. She seeks, no, demands, an audience with the most powerful national leader on the planet. An audience that she has already had. Cindy Sheehan's son, SPC Casey A. Sheehan, died in action in Iraq. I didn't know the man. What I know about him is that he was a volunteer, that he served our country honorably, and that he died while performing this service. I can think of no worse thing to happen to a parent than the loss of a child. That said, I have a harsh message for Ms. Sheehan: get over it.

All the men and women serving in today's U.S. military are volunteers. These men and women dedicate their lives to the protection of the United States. They do this for many reasons, but not for glory or martyrdom. Most do this quietly, without much recognition. They serve because they choose to.

All of us who do or have worn the uniform understand that, from time to time, we are required to to perform difficult or dangerous duties. We know that not all of us will return home safely. When we are young, we don't believe that anything will happen to us. As we get older, we breathe that guilty sigh of relief that it didn't happen to us. SPC Sheehan was at an age where he had some awareness of these truths.

This morning, I watched Ms. Sheehan interviewed by an MSM reporter. As a psychiatric nurse, I'll give you my snap diagnosis: Ms. Sheehan is unhinged. She has chosen to nurture her grief and turn it to destructive effort, as a pawn of those who seek the defeat and destruction of our country. Ms. Sheehan is being used in a most despicable and cynical fashion by these people. The reasons for our troops being in Iraq or, for that matter, anyplace else outside the U.S., have been endlessly debated in many forums. I will not add to that debate any more than I have previously on this site. I will instead remind Ms. Sheehan and all my other countrymen, that once embarked on a war, one must conclude it. Wars conclude with clear victory, ignoble defeat, or uneasy truces. That is the real world, not the fairy-tale land that Code Pink and other neo-hippies and '60s-era refugees seem to prefer.

I lived through the '60s and the '70s. I was on active duty 1971-74. I saw first-hand what the national debate and discord did to our war effort, our military, and our country's future. Code Pink, the neo-hippies, and the '60s-era refugees need to STFU and STFD, right NOW. We need to follow our actions to noble conclusions, for the sake of our nation's future and that of our children. One does not achieve a noble conclusion by turning tail at adversity, and surrendering one's culture and country to one's very real enemies.

Ms. Sheehan, honor your son's memory and the sacrifice he made on our behalf. Place his flag and decorations on the mantle, and celebrate the path that Casey chose.

Specialist Casey A. Sheehan, U.S. Army
29MAY79-4APR04
R.I.P., Brother


Addendum-
Drudge has a report on Cindy Sheehan's changing stories:
http://www.drudgereportarchives.com/data/2005/08/08/20050808_141400_flash4.htm
PROTESTING SOLDIER MOM CHANGED STORY ON BUSH
Mon Aug 08 2005 10:11:07 ET

The mother of a fallen U.S. soldier who is holding a roadside peace vigil near President Bush's ranch -- has dramatically changed her account about what happened when she met the commander-in-chief last summer!

Cindy Sheehan, 48, of Vacaville, Calif., who last year praised Bush for bringing her family the "gift of happiness," took to the nation's TV outlets this weekend to declare how Bush "killed an indispensable part of our family and humanity."

CINDY 2004

THE REPORTER of Vacaville, CA published an account of Cindy Sheehan's visit with the president at Fort Lewis near Seattle on June 24, 2004:

"'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 meeting didn't last long, but in their time with Bush, Cindy spoke about Casey and asked the president to make her son's sacrifice count for something. They also spoke of their 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."

CINDY 2005

Sheehan's current comments are a striking departure.

In an interview Sunday on CNN, she claimed Bush "acted like it was party" when she met him.

"It was -- you know, there was a lot of things said. We wanted to use the time for him to know that he killed an indispensable part of our family and humanity. And we wanted him to look at the pictures of Casey.

"He wouldn't look at the pictures of Casey. He didn't even know Casey's name. He came in the room and the very first thing he said is, 'So who are we honoring here?' He didn't even know Casey's name. He didn't want to hear it. He didn't want to hear anything about Casey. He wouldn't even call him 'him' or 'he.' He called him 'your loved one.'

Every time we tried to talk about Casey and how much we missed him, he would change the subject. And he acted like it was a party.

BLITZER: Like a party? I mean...

SHEEHAN: Yes, he came in very jovial, and like we should be happy that he, our son, died for his misguided policies. He didn't even pretend like somebody...

Developing...


In the interest of fairness, here is a link to the original Reporter article:

original Sheehan story

I stand by my commentary above.

Comments:
This lady seems like one selfish woman to me. What makes her so special that the President should take time off his schedule to speak to her? Does she advocate this for all families of slain soldiers? Get over yourself, Cindy. To quote Dr. Phil, this isn't about you.
 
I'm sorry for her pain, but she is sadly pathetic women.
 
As a soldier, I will say that if my parents ever acted like this, I would be ashamed of them from the grave.
 
Like the other anonymous said:
I'm sure her son is rolling over in his grave. The one bright side in this is that he didn't have to see his disgrace the beliefs he died for.
 
I am a captain in the army preparing for my second deployment. Ms. Sheehan has inspired me to instruct my own mother, a professor at Notre Dame, and a liberal Dem, that under no circumstances will she embarass me or my family by acting in a selfish and immature manner should I become a causalty. I chose this and have been an adult for many years now.
 
She's a tool

an ineffective tool but a tool nonetheless

what kind of grieving mother is this anyway?

sheesh
 
her son is not rolling over in the grave. he is dead.

the fact that he was a solider who died for his country, and is therefore deserving of the deepest respect, says nothing to me about president who made the decision to send our soliders into battle. don't demean our troops by suggesting you have to support bush in order to support our troops.
 
I am a captain in the army preparing for my second deployment.


Sir:
Please send e-mail to FASTAC 6.
Respectful regards,
the 1LT
 
milowent:
After you've written "soldier" on the blackboard 1,000 times, go back and read the post. Pay particular attention to the part about concluding wars. If you have difficulty with English, let me know. Tutoring is available, for a price.

BTW- do not demean us by assuming we are automatons blindly following the President's orders.
 
I have known the Sheehan family for many years. I feel that I need to express my feelings, but don't want to hurt the "innocents" in the Sheehan family.

Casey went to Iraq by choice. In fact, he had to re-enlist before he could be assigned there.

I was there when the family grieved. I was witness to the visit of Casey's commander to the Sheehan family home.

I feel that Cindy's behaviour is terrible. She is using Casey's death to further HER agenda. Cindy is a misguided liberal, using her son's tragic death, as a tool, to foster support, for something that Casey didn't believe in.

Cindy has left her family, Pat, Andy, Carly, and Janey, to fend for themselves, while she is being interviewed for the nightly news, and anyone else who will listen to her.

Her family is fractured, first by Casey's death, and now by Cindy's selfish escapades.

I heard that the encampment outside the Crawford Ranch has been named "Camp Casey." It would more accurate to name it "Cindy World."

Casey's dad, Pat wants to remember Casey as he was; a kind, caring and faithful man who died as a hero protecting others.

I knew Casey well, and agree with Pat...

Cindy says that Casey died for no reason...

Cindy, WAKE UP, your son died to allow you the freedom to make a fool of yourself...

Annoymous...
 
fhe question of volunteer is right instead you knew the reason of why they signed.the supposed links al qaeda to irak,the weapons of mass destruction that was supposed to attack the us and many others falses reasons.if they knew they were fighting for halliburton mega profits and the rest of the complex militaro industrial do you believe they would all sign.democraty before to be export have to be respect in our country.democraty have limits that his profits delimit
 
Well. That last comment is breath-takingly stupid. I'll leave it up. It speaks for itself.
 
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