Outsourcing Cindy Sheehan
By Rich Lowry
How long can it be until Cindy Sheehan gets her own show on the left-wing radio network Air America? The mother of a 24-year-old killed in Iraq, who has camped out in Crawford, Texas, demanding a meeting with President Bush, has made herself the mouthpiece not of those many Americans skeptical about a war that has proven far more difficult than advertised, but of howling-at-the-moon, bile-spewing Bush haters.
Cindy Sheehan Becomes National Security Advisor
Excerpts reprinted with permission from Debbie Daniel
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Whew! That’s good to hear, I thought it was George Bush’s job she wanted. I got an e-mail early Saturday morning about a “Support Our Troops” rally in Crawford, Texas, so I grabbed a friend, packed up my VW Beetle and headed to God’s country, I mean George Bush’s ranch.
No sooner had I arrived in the great little town of Crawford and folded out of my car that we were assaulted by protesters wanting to know if we were “for Cindy or Bush.” For some reason I didn’t like the way that was worded . . . for CINDY or for BUSH? What did that mean?
She Does Not Speak for Me
My son died in Iraq--and it was not in vain.
BY RONALD R. GRIFFIN
I lost a son in Iraq and Cindy Sheehan does not speak for me.
I grieve with Mrs. Sheehan, for all too well I know the full measure of the agony she is forever going to endure. I honor her son for his service and sacrifice. However, I abhor all that she represents and those who would cast her as the symbol for parents of our fallen soldiers.
The Sheehan Spectacle
By George Neumayr
A good illustration of the collusion between axe-grinding victims and the cynical media that exploit them appeared after one of last year's presidential debates: a placard was crassly put up in "spin alley" to direct reporters to "9-11 widows" who were eager to provide them with quotes disparaging George Bush for not making the right noises during the debate.
Cindy Sheehan and the media's manipulative use of her brings this episode back to mind. We're witnessing a replay of the media's cynical catering to the 9-11 widows, dubbed the "Jersey Girls," which began with great interest but then trailed off in proportion to the media's embarrassment about their wildly imprecise and boring charges. The media, thrilled to have something to work with during the dog days of August, will soon lose interest in Sheehan too.
Mom deserves sympathies, her agenda doesn't
by Linda Chavez
The loss of a child is the single most tragic event that can befall a family. When my younger sister died at age 6, my parents seemed to withdraw into their own private world. I was 12 at the time, too young to fully understand the depths of their despair but old enough to experience the terrible sadness that crept into our lives, turning even happy moments wistful. Maybe that's why I've been slow to blame Cindy Sheehan for her anti-war antics outside President Bush's Crawford ranch, but that doesn't let the media off the hook for turning her into an icon of resistance to the Iraq War.