Family of fallen soldier pleads with Cindy Sheehan to stop
FAMILY OF FALLEN SOLDIER PLEADS: PLEASE STOP, CINDY! Thu Aug 11 2005 12:56:21 ET
The family of American soldier Casey Sheehan, who was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004, has broken its silence and spoken out against his mother Cindy Sheehan's anti-war vigil against George Bush held outside the president's Crawford, Texas ranch.
The following email was received by the DRUDGE REPORT from Cherie Quarterolo, 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.
Posted by jkhat at August 11, 2005 01:12 PM
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|# August 11th, 2005 1:13 PM james|
|# August 11th, 2005 2:19 PM Laura|
|Instapunk has a lot to say on this topic, and it well worth reading. |
|# August 12th, 2005 7:26 AM fromthesouth|
|I was surprised to read comments by a mom who thinks the mistake made in Viet Nam was getting out. She may want to talk to some of the generals at the time, and veterans of that war.
One of the saddest things about Cindy Sheehan's protest, is that military families start attacking each other. The irony here is that part of the free society we fight to protect, is the right to free speech. Saying that she dishonors her son by protesting the war goes is crazy. The right to protest, to have a voice and disagree with elected officials about something as important as a war, is part of what makes our country great. Disagree with her, but why attack her? Because she calls George Bush a murderer? I think he can take care of himself. The bottom line problem is this: If a citizen disagrees with a war, he has the riht and even, at times, a duty, to make his voice known. To say that a war should NEVER be protested against, is to say that we should blindly follow our leaders wherever they take us. The argument here seems to be that either you support any war the government takes us into, any decision the President makes, or you are unpatriotic and do not support the troops. It's horrible to think that a child may have died "in vain". But isn't it worse to cling to the idea that this war is just and right, when there is evidence that the invasion may not have been justified, based on what we know now? Sadaam was an evil bastard. But there are a lot of them in the world. Why Iraq, when then? It has been proven that he was not responsible for 9/11. Afghanistan remains in shambles. bin Laden is free. Iraq has become a training ground for terrorists. Wake up people. Even is Sheehan is wrong, and we've now got to stay, it is still important to listen to what returning soldiers, retired generals, and other people actually there, actually doing the work (and dying for it), are saying. Admit that the war was entered into at least partially under false pretenses, and hold our officials to account for that. THAT is what we owe our soldiers, not blind obedience. We owe our young people our scrutiny and critical thinking.
|# August 12th, 2005 7:29 AM kris|
|No one is saying that this loon can't say what she wants. The problem most people have is the fact that she and her husband DID meet with the President after her son died and they told the media then about how much they appreciated it, etc.
Now, however, she's blatantly using her son's death to further her extreme left wing agenda. That's unforgiveable.
|# August 12th, 2005 10:55 AM vietnamvet|
|i am a retired army sergeant who served in the vietnam war in 1968 and 69. two tours. i have seen the atrocities committed and the damage and carnage left in its wake. i think that cindy sheehan is absolutly in line for protesting and gaining media attention. who you gonna listen to her ao people like hannity and o'riely? she's right the president and his staff dont have anything at risk for themselves in this war. no family members in the military, so dubya is pretty generous with someone else's life. 30 years age both bush and cheany both dodged the vietnam draft. cheany five deferments. FIVE! now its these same cowards that didnt feel so patriotic then all of a sudden feel so compelled to start a war and lie to the american people. his kids are tucked in safely at 2:30am every night after last call, so he can sleep easy. ask a soldiers mother and father how much quality sleep they get nighty. i support cindy shehan and unless you have been in the trenches or have loved ones that are you really shouldn't voice your opnions. |
|# August 12th, 2005 10:58 AM kris|
unless you have been in the trenches or have loved ones that are you really shouldn't voice your opnions
How American of you.
|# August 12th, 2005 11:19 AM pinguino|
|-been in the trenches OR have loved ones there? seem like pretty disparate standards. it's like saying "my dad is a lawyer, so i therefore know everything there is to know about law." silly.
im sure you have opinions about taxes that you don't pay and services that you don't use. judging by your profile, im guessing that you have an opinion on pretty much everything. what you really meant to say is "unless you agree with me you shouldn't voice your opinions," right?
|# August 12th, 2005 11:20 AM Laura|
|Vietnam Vet, the definitive reply to your comment was posted at Daily Pundit awhile back:
Yes, instead of sending Senators and Representatives - instead of sending the POTUS himself! - we sent soldiers to fight a war! Imagine that. Soldiers who, every single one of them, enlisted of their own free will, knowing what the possibe consequces were of military service. Every single one, who filled out paperwork, took mental and physical tests, endured interminable waiting and their first taste of government/military bureaucracy (amazing what they can pack into one day at a MEPS), with plenty of chances to back out. You'd rather we sent 50+ year olds, for whose job there is no physical or mental standard? 1,700 OTHER Americans? What, we're sweeping up college radicals off the campuses in press gangs, shanghaiing them off to fight in foreign lands? There's no Bush supporters at all in the military?
|# August 30th, 2005 5:17 PM Phudgens|
|Ms. Sheehan would gladly sacrifice the liberty of fifty million people on the alter of her own sense of self worth. |