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Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Cindy Sheehan Problem 

The ugly saga of Cindy Sheehan parking herself outside of Crawford, Texas, 'demanding' that the president give her the answers she wants to hear about why her son, Casey, died fighting in Iraq is a very touchy subject, which the administration has, typically, so far, bungled.

Ms. Sheehan has been radicalized by her son's death and is a bitter opponent of the President and his prosecution of the war. But she is also a gold star mother and an American with the right to her opinions and the right to confront the President with them. Not, however, necessarily in person.

No one wants to beat up on a mother who lost her son to a war she doesn't believe in. But she puts forward a defeatist agenda shared by a significant minority of Americans and if we are going to have any hope of winning, she has to be answered.

Kid Various at The Idiom does as good a job as I've seen anywhere with Why Casey Sheehan Died.
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