Should President Bush meet with grieving mother Cindy Sheehan? Sheehan lost her son Casey who was serving in Iraq. Since August 6, she has been camping outside the President's ranch in Crawford, Texas, calling upon Bush to see her. Bush has said he sympathizes with her, but has not seen her yet.
Part of me cannot blame Sheehan for the way she feels - and to want to express these feelings to Bush in person is perfectly natural. As one Sheehan supporter neatly summed up, "She's a grieving mother with a right to protest, and I think President Bush should talk with her." Nothing unreasonable about that at all.
But grief can also lead to irrational beliefs and throwing blame all around. At this, Sheehan is excelling. Suddenly, every rag-tag member of The Great Unwashed came out in support of her and you just knew this was going to turn into something beyond a personal quest.
Sheehan has given a fresh face to the anti-war movement, which until recently had lost a lot of momentum. Just how much Sheehan represents American opinion can be hard to tell on the surface. Across the country, American flags fly proudly and "Support Our Troops" stickers can be found on most vehicles. But then, one needs to look no further than the petty display by anti-wars during Bush's inauguration in January to see evidence of their presence.
This poor fella is under the impression that he's a patriot
I feel that if Sheehan was serious, she would not want this media attention and would want to keep the issue as localized as possible. Instead, she's allowed herself to be put on a pedestal and to talk nonsense about how we're "nuking" innocent Iraqis. Since the anti-war movement believes any old garbage, and the media thrives on giving credence to it, Sheehan has gained instant celebrity status.
Pundits wonder if Sheehan can help inflict damage on Bush and humiliate him. That reminds me a lot of avid fox-hunter Lucy Ferry's vow to bring down Tony Blair. Nothing came of that, and, if common sense prevails, Sheehan will be a thing of the past within another month or so.
She is not being sincere. She has the right to question Bush personally about just what her son died for. But by bashing the military that her son was part of and using Jane Fonda-style tactics to criticize the war, she has really overstepped the mark and sold her soul to the unscrupulous Left.