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August 23, 2005

Why did Casey Sheehan die?

Larry Johnson offers some thoughts on what Bush could talk about with Cindy Sheehan, should they ever meet. Like why her son Casey and seven other U.S. troops lost their lives on April 4, 2004 in Sadr City:

Maybe George Bush could clarify why these men died. According to several press reports, they were attacked and killed by forces loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. And where is al-Sadr today? He’s a player in the Shiite community in Iraq which is on the verge of installing Islam as the basis of government in Iraq. In effect, Casey and his comrades were killed by people whose leaders are on the verge of taking control in Iraq. It would be one thing if George Bush could tell Casey’s mom and the moms of the other boys who died that their sons gave their lives to create a secular Iraq. But we now know that is not true. They gave their lives in a cause that is allowing some Islamic extremists loyal to Iran to play a major role in the “new” Iraq.

Bush, meanwhile, continues to spin his own twisted logic. Speaking to veterans in Salt Lake City on Monday, he came up with this gem:

We have lost 1,864 members of our Armed Forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and 223 in Operation Enduring Freedom. Each of these men and women left grieving families and loved ones back home. Each of these heroes left a legacy that will allow generations of their fellow Americans to enjoy the blessings of liberty. And each of these Americans have brought the hope of freedom to millions who have not known it. We owe them something.

And we’ll repay that debt how, exactly? By ensuring that thousands more U.S. troops die in a war that has done little more than lay the groundwork for a terminally unstable Islamic republic, and provided Al Qaeda with a world-class training facility?


We will finish the task that they gave their lives for. We will honor their sacrifice by staying on the offensive against the terrorists, and building strong allies in Afghanistan and Iraq that will help us win and fight – fight and win the war on terror.

God bless help America.

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