Thursday, August 18, 2005

This Just In: Republicans are Hypocrites!

Blah. No, more like hah. Check out what Republicans were saying about Clinton’s Kosovo campaign. This is comedy…well…Titanium, at least. Partisan hackery from Republicans? Why, I NEVER!

Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is. -Governor George W. Bush (R-TX)

President Clinton is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation's armed forces about how long they will be away from home. These strikes do not make for a sound foreign policy. -Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA)

If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy.
-Karen Hughes, speaking on behalf of presidential candidate George W. Bush

Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter have to give up their life?
-Sean Hannity, Fox News, 4/6/99

Bombing a sovereign nation for ill-defined reasons with vague objectives undermines the American stature in the world. The international respect and trust for America has diminished every time we casually let the bombs fly.
-Representative Tom Delay (R-TX)

"I had doubts about the bombing campaign from the beginning...I didn't think we had done enough in the diplomatic area."
-Senator Trent Lott (R-MS)

"You think Vietnam was bad? Vietnam is nothing next to Kosovo."
-Tony Snow, Fox News 3/24/99

"Well, I just think it's a bad idea. What's going to happen is they're going to be over there for 10, 15, maybe 20 years"
-Joe Scarborough (R-FL)

"I'm on the Senate Intelligence Committee, so you can trust me and believe me when I say we're running out of cruise missles. I can't tell you exactly how many we have left, for security reasons, but we're almost out of cruise missles."
-Senator Inhofe (R-OK)

There’s more hilarity at Daily Kos. Why do they hate our freedom?


Beware the Segway Bear!

I’m glad to see Cindy Sheehan is getting so much support. When it’s so easy for right-wingers to take potshots at someone who has lived the life of a normal human being, who has faults like all of us, it’s good to see that people can go beyond that crap and band together to stand for the country – not party – but country.

U.S. vigils support anti-war mother

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - Anti-war protesters held candles, sang, and chanted in vigils across the country on Wednesday in support of Cindy Sheehan, who has camped out near President George W. Bush's ranch to urge him to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq, where her son was killed a year ago.

Sheehan has become a magnet for anti-war protesters who have crowded around her since her vigil began August 6 in Crawford, a community of 705 people, where Bush is on a monthlong vacation.

More than 1,800 Americans have been killed in Iraq and thousands more have been wounded.

"Each one was a valuable human life," Sheehan said at an evening vigil at her campsite. "Each one was an indispensable member of his or her family, not playthings for the people who lust for greed and power."

Liberal groups, True Majority, and Democracy for America organized 1,627 candlelight "Vigils for Cindy Sheehan" in all 50 states with at least 60,000 people planning to attend, Tom Matzzie, Washington director for, said.

In Crawford, a couple of hundred supporters held white candles and flowers and walked single file around a triangular patch of grass as the sun went down and a full moon emerged.

They read the names of soldiers who died in Iraq over a bullhorn in front of a flag-draped coffin and sang hymns like "Amazing Grace."

Sheehan lit a candle in front of a white cross with her son Casey's name on it and walked holding hands with an Iraq war veteran. "I was pretending to hold the hand of my son. I'll never get to seem him again, I'll never get to hear his voice again," she said crying.

Several hundred people gathered in front of the White House at dusk to show support for Sheehan and urge Bush to meet her.

They chanted "meet with Cindy, tell her the truth" and "end the war now" and held signs reading "America stands with Cindy" and "Honor our troops, respect their lives."

Many wore nametags identifying them as brother, sister, mother, father or friend of soldiers serving in Iraq or killed in Iraq.

Gilda, a 56-year-old mother of a Marine and member of "Military Families Speak Out" said Sheehan had put a face on the military families that are bearing the burden of the war.

"The rest of the population is largely oblivious," she said. "I mean they support the war. They put yellow magnets on their cars. They go out and wave flags in everybody's face, but why aren't they there. It's only us carrying this."

About a dozen counter-protesters stood close by beneath a huge banner that read "God bless our soldiers, liberating the world one tyrant at a time."

Supporters of Sheehan also protested in New York. At Union Square Park in Manhattan, several hundred people carried candles and held posters that read "Meet with Cindy," "Stop the War" and "Before One More Mother's Child is Lost."

"I am here for Cindy Sheehan, who has opened a door and motivated people who feel helpless about the Bush administration and the Iraq war. She speaks for millions around the world," said Lee Woeckener, 32, from New York.


Sheehan, from Vacaville, California, said she would pack up and leave if Bush, who met with her last year shortly after her son's death, would talk to her again. She cited Bush's love of biking -- he has a Saturday ride scheduled with cycling superstar Lance Armstrong -- in questioning his priorities.

"Why don't you take a few less bike rides and meet with people who want to meet with you?" Sheehan said earlier in the day. "You know, this is the nation's work, we're the nation."

Bush has said he sympathizes with Sheehan and others grieving the loss of family members, but will not prematurely pull U.S. troops out of Iraq.

Meanwhile, supporters flock to Sheehan's site, where tents are pitched and signs such as "Can you say Iraquagmire?" hang.

"One of the things about Camp Casey is that I came here angry, a lot of people come here angry, but it's replaced by the feeling of hope," Sheehan said. "A feeling of hope we now have that we can change the country."

A map of the United States drawn on cloth asks visitors to write which city they are from. The most concentrated appears to be California, Texas and the East Coast. But there also are scribbled locations from overseas -- Scotland, Austria, Japan, Turkey, Germany, Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay.

Sheehan supporter Tammara Rosenleaf, 47, said her husband, Army Specialist Sean Hefflin, 26, is with the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood in Texas and is scheduled to be deployed to Iraq in November.

"I could selfishly spend personal time with him right now or I could contribute my time to a movement that could save many more lives than just my husband's," she said.

Posted by crimnos @ 9:34 AM

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White House Vigil Photos and a Mother's Speech

In a speach directed as much to "half the population" as it was to President Bush, a military mother drew strong reaction from hundreds of people at the conclusion of a candlelight vigil held at the White House.

The mother gave me her copy of her powerful, plain spoken speech and it is printed at my blog along with my photos.



From the speech:

"... President Bush, meet with Cindy. Tell that mother in that pathetic ditch by your house just exactly why her son died. Tell her how the war is going and what your plan is. Explain to her that 'taking the fight to them' was really a brilliant way to get the naive and ignorant to fall unquestioningly behind you. Tell her how through your incompetence and at great expense in resources and human life, we destroyed Iraq, giving the Iraqis an infinitely worse hell than anyone could have ever imagined..."

- Joe Tresh

Posted by Blogger Joe @ 1:37 PM #

Sorry, here are direct links:



- Joe Tresh

Posted by Blogger Joe @ 1:40 PM #

Thanks for the links. That's some powerful stuff. I'll mention that in my next update.

Posted by Blogger crimnos @ 3:27 PM #
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