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August 25, 2005


Exactly how much bolder could they get?

Defending his administration’s military stance for the third day in a row, he presented another tough, if implicit, rebuttal to war critics like Cindy Sheehan, the mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq who has generated a monthlong protest outside his Texas ranch. Mr. Bush said, “As long as I’m the president, we will stay, we will fight and we will win the war on terror.”
The president said withdrawing troops now - as Ms. Sheehan advocates - would “only embolden the terrorists and create a staging ground to launch more attacks against America and free nations.”

Meanwhile, back in the real world, via Juan Cole:

Forty guerrillas in Baghdad launched a coordinated attack on police that included suicide bombings, killing 15 and wounding 56. It is always worrisome when you see a whole platoon of guerrillas operating openly in daylight in the capital. It appears that the guerrillas were targeting a visiting high level police commando from Samarra, but missed him.

And NBC News:

The bodies of 36 men were discovered Thursday southeast of Baghdad on a road leading to Iran, police said.
The bodies were left on a road leading to Badrah, a town near the Iranian border, police Lt. Abbas al-Shammari said. An official said all but one of the men were wearing traditional Kurdish trousers. All had been shot in the head.
… To the north, eight of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s bodyguards have been killed in an attack south of Kirkuk on a convoy of cars owned by Talabani. Police said gunmen attacked a convoy of cars owned by the president, but Talabani wasn’t in any of the vehicles.

I think the “staging ground” is already in place.

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Then you've drunk the Kool-Aide Larry.

The war against Iraq has absolutely nothing to do with defending our country. It has absolutely nothing to do with fighting terrorism. Everything that the Bush Administration has said about why we went to war with Iraq has been proven false.

The reason Casey Sheehan died is about payback. Political (and therefore power) and/or monetary and/or personal (for the father) payback. I'm sure that Cindy already knows that. What Cindy Sheehan is really about is the Administration coming clean about this war. Good luck. I don't think it will happen. The next president (Democrat, as I don't see the Republican's keeping the Presidency even under the best scenarios) will pull a Nixon, declare victory in Iraq (and probably Afghanistan as well) and pull all the troops out of the affected areas.

Of course, Cindy Sheehan being able to speak her mind is one of the rights that this country gives people, something that you were fighting for in the first Gulf War. You can think what you want. You also don't have to listen if you don't want to.

Posted by: bytehead [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 26, 2005 2:11 PM

I believe that casey sheehan is probally rolling over in his grave at the actions of his mother i can answer her quesyion on why he died its because he accepted an offer to defend our country and serve in the military knowing all to well that he may have to go fight in a war and as a veteran of the 1st gulf war my heart goes out to him for the ultimate sacrifice he made but his memory will live on forever and his mother is doing nothing but tarnishing what he stood for and what he died for so in closing i think she just needs to shut up and pack up and go home

Posted by: Larry at August 25, 2005 10:20 PM