CRAWFORD, Texas — The mother of a fallen U.S. soldier who is holding a roadside peace vigil near President Bush’s ranch shares the same grief as relatives mourning the deaths of Ohio Marines, yet their views about the war differ.
“I’m angry. I want the troops home,” Cindy Sheehan, 48, of Vacaville, Calif., who staged a protest that she vowed on Sunday to continue until she can personally ask Bush: “Why did you kill my son? What did my son die for?”
Sheehan was among grieving military families who met with Bush in June 2004 at Fort Lewis, near Seattle, Wash. That was just two months after her son, Casey, was killed in Sadr City, Iraq, on April 4, 2004.
Since then, she said, various government and independent commission reports have disputed the Bush administration’s claims that Saddam Hussein had mass-killing chemical and biological weapons — a main justification for the March 2003 invasion.
“I was still in shock then,” Sheehan said in a telephone interview.
“All of those reports prove my son died needlessly,” said Sheehan. “This proved that every reason George Bush gave us for going to war was wrong.”
Sheehan, who formed a group called Gold Star Families For Peace and has spoken out against the war across the nation, talked for about 45 minutes on Saturday with Steve Hadley, Bush’s national security adviser, and Joe Hagin, deputy White House chief of staff, who went out to hear her concerns.
Appreciative of their attention, yet undaunted, Sheehan said she planned to continue her protest along the road during Bush’s stay through the end of the month.
“If he doesn’t come out and talk to me in Crawford, I’ll follow him to D.C.,” she said. “I’ll camp on his lawn in D.C. until he has the courtesy and the integrity and the compassion to talk to somebody whose life he has ruined.”
I can envision the right-wing’s response to this: our president deserves unswerving support, our cause in Iraq is noble and we should do everything we can to defend our nation. Okay, here’s a site where you can go and show your real support for the cause.