Sheehan uses publicity for hidden agenda

I thought I’d write about someone we all know and love … well, at least some of us love. It’s the woman of the hour, Cindy Sheehan. I know that she lost her son in the Iraq War, which I’m sure must have been a terrible loss, but there the sympathy ends.

For one thing, I know she is a hypocrite. The first time she met President Bush, she described him as “sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis.” She later told a journalist from the Vacaville, Calif. Reporter, “I know he’s sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he’s a man of faith.”

Then, less than a month later, she told a journalist from Fort Lewis, Wash., that President Bush was “detached from humanity, and that he had no compassion at all.” So what’s the story here?

I haven’t even started to talk about the things I know about this woman. I know that she set up camp outside Bush’s ranch house for four weeks to attempt to meet with him about her views on the war. I guess I underestimated her opinion. We should listen to her instead of the top intelligence analysts at the White House, right?

I do know that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) generously met with her in September. McCain is a Vietnam War veteran; Sheehan called him a “warmonger.” How polite.

Then she realized that going after Republicans wasn’t enough. She decided to go after her own party. She told Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) that she was “soft” on the war and that she should speak out or risk losing her job. Sounds like a threat … but doesn’t Sheehan want peace?

I know she doesn’t just have views on the Iraq War. She told Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that if she didn’t put a filibuster on Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, she was going to run against her for Senate. Again, this sounds like a threat, coming from the “peace mom.”

It seems like she doesn’t care for peace at all. In fact, it looks like she is trying to use her popularity to gain political recognition. She’ll threaten senators and defame them in the name of peace, or in the name of herself.

Cindy Sheehan, you are an insult to your son’s memory. He bravely fought in the Iraq War and died for a cause he believed in. You are using your son’s death for your own ends, and that makes you despicable. I don’t believe that you’re fighting for peace; you’re fighting for publicity. You wanted to run for Senate, but what qualifications could you possibly have to help make laws when you seem to break them?

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