Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Another Casualty

Good Riddance Attention Whore"
by CindySheehan
Mon May 28, 2007 at 09:57:01 AM PDT

I have endured a lot of smear and hatred since Casey was killed and especially since I became the so-called "Face" of the American anti-war movement. Especially since I renounced any tie I have remaining with the Democratic Party, I have been further trashed on such "liberal blogs" as the Democratic Underground. Being called an "attention whore" and being told "good riddance" are some of the more milder rebukes.

I have come to some heartbreaking conclusions this Memorial Day Morning. These are not spur of the moment reflections, but things I have been meditating on for about a year now. The conclusions that I have slowly and very reluctantly come to are very heartbreaking to me.

The first conclusion is that I was the darling of the so-called left as long as I limited my protests to George Bush and the Republican Party. Of course, I was slandered and libeled by the right as a "tool" of the Democratic Party. This label was to marginalize me and my message. How could a woman have an original thought, or be working outside of our "two-party" system?

However, when I started to hold the Democratic Party to the same standards that I held the Republican Party, support for my cause started to erode and the "left" started labeling me with the same slurs that the right used. I guess no one paid attention to me when I said that the issue of peace and people dying for no reason is not a matter of "right or left", but "right and wrong."

I am deemed a radical because I believe that partisan politics should be left to the wayside when hundreds of thousands of people are dying for a war based on lies that is supported by Democrats and Republican alike. It amazes me that people who are sharp on the issues and can zero in like a laser beam on lies, misrepresentations, and political expediency when it comes to one party refuse to recognize it in their own party. Blind party loyalty is dangerous whatever side it occurs on. People of the world look on us Americans as jokes because we allow our political leaders so much murderous latitude and if we don’t find alternatives to this corrupt "two" party system our Representative Republic will die and be replaced with what we are rapidly descending into with nary a check or balance: a fascist corporate wasteland. I am demonized because I don’t see party affiliation or nationality when I look at a person, I see that person’s heart. If someone looks, dresses, acts, talks and votes like a Republican, then why do they deserve support just because he/she calls him/herself a Democrat?


Not everyone liked her but a lot of people did. She brought the anti-war movement to the front page, like it or not we have all gained as a result of here diligence and persistence.

She is entitled to her time out of the spotlight now, but the question remains,
how will we stop this bloody meatgrinder, designed and controlled by a sinister element in our own government?

As American people we have the numbers needed to end this mess, we just have to use them.


DEN said...

What Congress Really Approved: Benchmark No. 1: Privatizing Iraq's Oil for US Companies
By Ann Wright
t r u t h o u t | Guest Contributor

Saturday 26 May 2007

On Thursday, May 24, the US Congress voted to continue the war in Iraq. The members called it "supporting the troops." I call it stealing Iraq's oil - the second largest reserves in the world. The "benchmark," or goal, the Bush administration has been working on furiously since the US invaded Iraq is privatization of Iraq's oil. Now they have Congress blackmailing the Iraqi Parliament and the Iraqi people: no privatization of Iraqi oil, no reconstruction funds.

This threat could not be clearer. If the Iraqi Parliament refuses to pass the privatization legislation, Congress will withhold US reconstruction funds that were promised to the Iraqis to rebuild what the United States has destroyed there. The privatization law, written by American oil company consultants hired by the Bush administration, would leave control with the Iraq National Oil Company for only 17 of the 80 known oil fields. The remainder (two-thirds) of known oil fields, and all yet undiscovered ones, would be up for grabs by the private oil companies of the world (but guess how many would go to United States firms - given to them by the compliant Iraqi government.)

No other nation in the Middle East has privatized its oil. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Iran give only limited usage contracts to international oil companies for one or two years. The $120 billion dollar "Support the Troops" legislation passed by Congress requires Iraq, in order to get reconstruction funds from the United States, to privatize its oil resources and put them up for long term (20- to 30-year) contracts.

What does this "Support the Troops" legislation mean for the United States military? Supporting our troops has nothing to do with this bill, other than keeping them there for another 30 years to protect US oil interests. It means that every military service member will need Arabic language training. It means that every soldier and Marine would spend most of his or her career in Iraq. It means that the fourteen permanent bases will get new Taco Bells and Burger Kings! Why? Because the US military will be protecting the US corporate oilfields leased to US companies by the compliant Iraqi government. Our troops will be the guardians of US corporate interests in Iraq for the life of the contracts - for the next thirty years.

@ Truthout

Gerald said...

Finally, the real reason surfaces for Bush's war of choice. IT'S FOR THE OIL, STUPID!!!


Cindy still remains one of five women who would be for me, "The Perfect Date."

Gerald said...

In 30 years Nazi America will tap those oil fields dry. It is truly amazing how Nazi America exploits our planet for her selfish interests.

Gerald said...

Cindy's resignation letter clarifies how divided and sick Nazi America really is. If you criticize the war party, the Dems love you. When you criticize the Dem Party, they hate you and the war party gloats.

Don't you just love this rotten to the core, empire?

DEN said...

Stinks like rotten putrified neo-fascism to me!

DEN said...

On April 2, the Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not only has the authority, but also the responsibility to reduce global warming pollution from automobiles. Twelve states have been fighting to reduce vehicle pollution by implementing standards that go beyond federal regulations—and even more states are considering adopting these stronger standards as well.

The first major step the EPA should take is to grant these states the waiver they need to implement their clean car standards. Please tell EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson to approve the waiver as soon as possible and allow states to protect their communities from global warming pollution from cars and trucks.


Scott Nathanson
National Field Organizer
Clean Vehicles Program


Alan said...

The Surge is Failing and We're Hurting the Troops

Larry C Johnson

Some brave soul in the U.S. military sent Pat Lang a memo issued Monday that shows the U.S. ability to support its troops is collapsing and very vulnerable to disruption.

Download iraq_food_deliveries.pdf

The memo states:

Due to a theater-wide delay in food delivery, menu selections will be limited for the near future. While every effort will be made to provide balanced meals, it may not be possible to offer the dishes you are used to seeing at each meal. Fresh fruits and salad bar items will also be severely limited or unavailable.

The bottomline is that our troops depend on a ground supply line that runs from Kuwait to the various bases in Iraq. When I was in Iraq last year at the U.S. base in Balad I had the chance to eat four meals a day--breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight rations (midrats). If you like late nights the midrats were great--steak, eggs, pancakes. Pretty good food. Well, based on this memo, it looks like those were the good old days. We don't have enough convoys to give our troops three hot meals a day. We want them to step up the patrolling. We want them to search 24-7 for missing soldiers. But, by God, they don't deserve three hot meals a day.

Excuse my rudeness, but that is fucked up. Way to go General Petraeus.
We are more than four years into a war that George W. Bush declared as "Mission Accomplished" in May of 2003. Yet, the United States cannot ensure that Baghdad and the various military bases receive the basic supplies that keep a normal, peaceful city operating. No one has issued a memo dictating that U.S. Government employees in Washington or New York must eat MREs because the supply line is in trouble. Why? Because we live in a society that is at peace and we enjoy a secure, safe environment. Not so in Iraq and the trend line--three months into a surge--the supplies are falling behind and more troops have been killed. Unfortunately, these are facts that rightwing nuts and neocon ass lickers will not understand.

David B. Benson said...

Vote Green!

I did last November...

Carey said...

All this blood for oil.

I suppose one could see it coming for Sheehan. The treatment she endured while suffering the worst thing possible for a soul on this planet, the loss of a child. I didn't see how she could stand up to it.

Memorial Day was an interesting one, wasn't it? MSNBC and CNN both ran tons of stories on how the VA is not doing it's job. Where is the people's uproar over this immoral situation? Where is the real support for the troops? It is reminiscent, in some ways, of the way we treated the returning Viet Nam vets--with disdain. God, is that an acrid memory.

Combine that behavior with the bloodlust that greeted Bush's launch into Iraq. Americans cheered him on. Yes, 9/11 had just happened. This American bloodlust, though, has been around since the beginning in one way or another if you think about it. It's either a deep-seated national insecurity or it's Cheney/Bush-like arrogant stupidity.

In my state, at the moment, it is easy to feel sad. I would say, though, that this is certainly disappointing and a national disgrace.

What a disgrace we Americans are.

Pardon the awkardness. It will be around for a while.

Carey said...

Such a disgrace that Miss U.S.A. is booed on the Mexican stage at the Miss Universe pageant.

When large crowds gather, how else do they express their disgust for American behavior?

I felt sorry for her. They're showing the clip of her fall and the crowd jeers constantly. Anybody that puts themself through that bonechilling indoctrination into all-consuming self-hatred and has to endure booing on top of it. Geesh.

Guess that'll teach her to stay away from beauty events.

DEN said...

Well the urpeeans ain't doin so hot either!

as Spiegel can attest.


DEN said...

Sorry, Yur-ope-ins, sheesh!

DEN said...

Dsslyxia meens yer stoopid, huh?

sez sow heer

DEN said...

Nite Awl!

Alan said...

Did anybody else catch the special on CBS about their wounded reporter Kim Dozier? She got hurt shortly after ABC's Bob Woodruf.
'Twas a hella show.

Alan said...

With allies in enemy ranks, GIs in Iraq are no longer true believers

They can't spin out of this one. The public, the generals, and now the troops themselves.