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Did you know that “Scheisse” is German for “shit”?

Cindy Sheehan and her supporters have scheduled a protest walk in Germany from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to the west gate of Ramstein Air Base, as well as a visit to American wounded in March. Where are the Generals now?

No hospitalized person, regardless of how they came to be hospitalized, deserves the kind of attention, directly or indirectly, that Ms. Sheehan and her camp intend to bring. Landstuhl Regional Medical Center is a hospital. It’s not a playground or a podium. The patients of Landstuhl are people, not pawns. Political affiliations, opinions, and beliefs are not part of a patient’s health, recovery, and treatment plan. Something as seemingly insignificant as finding a way to get a service member a smoke break is considerably more important than who is or isn’t against the war.

While I’m all about Ms. Sheehan’s constitutional rights, the reality is that those rights end where non-military American soil ends and another country’s soil and/or an American military installation begins. American military servicemembers’ constitutional right to free speech is limited and often non-existent on an American military installation. Ms. Sheehan cannot expect her rights to exceed those of an American service member or supersede the rules of an American installation. She can expect that her regard for the dead and wounded as the hottest commodity of her campaign to be dismissed completely and used as the very reason to deny her entry. Even if she gets on base and into the hospital, her fun will likely end there. Ms. Sheehan and her camp have scheduled a visit with the wards as if the hospital was a zoo and the wounded just animals in cages to be waved at and fed. Unfortunately, Ms. Sheehan is not alone in this regard. Several visitors to Landstuhl have referred to the wounded as little more than a line on their travel itinerary rather than as the people they are who can refuse, and have refused, specific visitors.

Protesting the very circumstances under which American servicemembers were wounded cannot reasonably be expected to be interpreted by the wounded, or the vast American military community that exists here, as a showing of “solidarity to the soldiers wounded in the Iraq” as touted by Ms. Sheehan’s event flier.

It can only be hoped that no one has told Sheehan and her camp just how far apart the hospital and the gate to Ramstein sit. It’s a 20-minute drive on the Autobahn when there’s no traffic and the weather is good. Aye, they’re walking. If they get the okay from German authorities, it’s a 10-12 kilometer walk (about 8 miles) using back roads. Maybe Sheehan and her -ites don’t know that everything in Germany is uphill and upstairs. While that light trek would be no big deal for any service member, it could test the will of even the most ardent protester, assuming no one gets lost, the weather is good, and someone thinks to bring along more than a copy of Wicked German.

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About Diana Hartman

Diana is a USMC (ret.) spouse, mother of three and a Wichita, Kansas native. She is back in the United States after 10 years in Germany. She is a contributing author to Holiday Writes. She hates liver & motivational speakers. She loves science & naps.
  • http://bonamassablog.us Joanie

    I have a huge problem with these types of events. Sheehan and her group have condemned our soldiers repeatedly. They have praised the insurgents that likely caused the injuries and deaths of our troops. And yet they still want to be seen as sympathetic and “supportive” of our troops. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way.

    Sheehan’s on an all out bender these days. She’s due to appear at three separate fundraising events in San Diego in one day.

    As much as I dislike her and what she stands for, I’d like to ask her one big question: What makes your “grief” and beliefs more important than what our troops and their families are experiencing?

    She can’t answer that because she doesn’t give a shit about the troops. Or their families. Her cause is the only cause. Her feelings are the only feelings. Unless, of course, her handlers tell her otherwise.

    Diana, gather your friends and family, your flags, and your homemade signs that say you are proud of our men and women in uniform and their families. Line the streets wherever Sheehan is supposed to be. Let her know she doesn’t speak for all military families. Let her know she’s not welcome. And tell her to make sure she thanks someone in uniform for preserving her right to free speech.

    Excellent article. Heartfelt and spot on.

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com Andy Marsh

    I was over in Germany late last year…as you say in your article, you can’t just walk onto a military installation overseas…you have to have an ID card or an invite…I doubt she has an ID and I’m pretty sure no one there would invite her! If I was there…I’d let her in…just so the cameras could show me kicking her ass out!

  • http://journals.aol.com/vicl04/THESAVAGEQUIETSEPTEMBERSUN/ Victor Lana

    I’m with you on this one, Diana. I like you have supported Sheehan’s right of protest, but to me this is just a sordid attempt to exploit our wounded. Hope she makes a wrong turn and ends up in Baden-Baden.

  • Maurice

    Excellent writing and topic. I had heard of this sort of thing and am just amazed that people can be so heartless. Joanie said it all, “…she doesn’t give a shit about the troops”.

    Scheisse!

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Wow, this is just creepy and ghoulish. Apparently Sheehan and her extremist handlers have absolutely no sense of decency at all.

    Dave

  • Bing

    It’s nice to see that everyone who has posted so far sees this for what it is, a completely disgraceful attempt by Cindy Sheehan and her radical handlers to get more attention for themselves and thier radical agenda.

    I wonder what Casey would think if he could see what has mom has become. Granted Cindy Sheehan knew her son and I didn’t but I do recall the rest of his family, including his father, saying he would not approve of his mother’s actions since his death.

    It’s sad that this woman has been so blinded by grief that she has become what she is now. I no longer have any sympathy for her.

  • teutates

    at least she can wear her shirt! :P

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com/ Mark Bellinghaus

    Dearest Diana!
    If you had a son, and you would have lost your son, no matter in which incident (traffic accident, war, fire, suicide, whatever), wouldn’t you try everything possible to warn the world, people who are at risk to go through the same pain, that this woman went through?
    Now, we all might agree that she did a bit over the top in Venezuela, that almost made me wonder, if she is not working for Bush, in a direct way and matter. Who knows; what I do know is, that if you lose a loved one, people do strange, rational, or irrational things!
    I am sure that German authorities will let her walk – Europe in general has stepped ahead of the United States in many, almost every way!
    And where do you get the idea that in Germany everything is “uphill and upstairs”? 10 – 12 kilometers is not too much – for a woman of her willpower! At least someone is doing something.
    I still do not get why the word “Scheisse” came up? What does “shit” has to do with Cindy Sheehan? Can you explain that to us somehow? I don’t get it?
    Did you know that your last name is also German? Hartman from Hartmann – hart is the word for hard, and mann is for man! Go figure.

    Also: as you write:

    Even if she gets on base and into the hospital, her fun will likely end there.

    I am absolutely shocked that you think that this is “fun” for her…!
    May I remind you AGAIN : this poor woman lost her son, due to a war, which still needs to be explained, and which cost America so much more than just money!!!

    At least there is ONE woman out there, who is trying to “do something” about her pain! That alone should be validated and not compared with “Scheisse”!
    Another word for you to look up in the dictionary and maybe write an entire blog is: SCHADENFREUDE!

  • Maurice

    Mark B

    Hard to believe that the point of this post went completely over your head.

    The point of Diana’s post was that the soldiers should be left alone. Sheehan and the rest of the intellectually lazy crazies can rant all they want but LEAVE THE WAR WOUNDED ALONE!

    Scheisse!

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com/ Mark Bellinghaus

    to “Maurice” # 9:
    I am so happy that you are spoeaking for the author! My father was a Major and I know pretty much when “soldiers want to be left alone!” Please mind your own business – you don’t need to convince me – try this with our wonderful President! It is a shock – every day, when I hear the painful news, that there are young men, almost still teens, dying in this rediciulous war.
    Leave them alone? Who are you? Satan?
    S-H-I-T !!!

  • MCH

    “If I was there…I’d let her in…just so the cameras could show me kicking her ass out!”

    Speak loudly and carry a small stick, ehe?

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com Andy Marsh

    trying to hurt my feelings??? to bad…I don’t have any!

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com/ Mark Bellinghaus

    Oh, and: Did you know that “verzweifelt” is German for “despairing”?

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com/ Mark Bellinghaus

    To Andy#12: I believe that one – after you attacked me yesterday and all you had to bitch about was my spelling, after reading my blog! Nice try – after I run your great piece on Hawaii through the spelling check and found no less than NINE (!) misspellings! If you’re sitting in the glass house…
    And YOU are the AMERICAN here!
    So PPPPPPPLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEE gimme a f*****g ( English for “ficken”) break!!!

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com Andy Marsh

    I wasn’t talking to you mark..I was talking to diva…he knows who he is…

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com Andy Marsh

    read the commentt dickhead…I responded right after someone quoted me! Did you quote me???

    You should go back to your MM fantasies!

  • http://dianahartman.blogspot.com/ diana hartman

    mark bellinghaus says:
    “Dearest Diana!
    If you had a son, and you would have lost your son, no matter in which incident (traffic accident, war, fire, suicide, whatever), wouldn’t you try everything possible to warn the world, people who are at risk to go through the same pain, that this woman went through?”

    yes, mark, i would…i would make my warnings loud and clear in all the places where i thought people could hear me that could do anything about it…what exactly is it that you think someone in ICU missing both of his legs since yesterday is supposed to do for ms sheehan and her cause?

    she ran out of patience waiting for bush to come a’callin’ in texas and now thinks it best to take her quest to get american troops withdrawn from iraq to — germany and france?
    that makes about as much sense as being attacked by afghans and saudis — and invading iraq!

    “Now, we all might agree that she did a bit over the top in Venezuela, that almost made me wonder, if she is not working for Bush, in a direct way and matter. Who knows; what I do know is, that if you lose a loved one, people do strange, rational, or irrational things!”

    if, as i understand you, you’re calling what sheehan is doing “strange” or “irrational,” might you for a moment consider that most of those with her and in support of her did not have a loved one killed in iraq or afghanistan? what would be their excuse? are they supporting the “strange” and “irrational” actions of this grieving mother? you can be sure they are not assisting her with grief counseling of any kind…so what’s their agenda?

    “I am sure that German authorities will let her walk – Europe in general has stepped ahead of the United States in many, almost every way!”

    you’re right, they just might…if she causes any trouble, they’ll also let her walk with the polizei…depending on her status and assuming she were to get on base, she could find herself outside the jurisdiction (and freedoms) of american authority were she to cause trouble…
    if the american military see fit, they can (and may be required to, depending on her status) hand her over to the german authorities…

    “And where do you get the idea that in Germany everything is ‘uphill and upstairs’?”

    i live in germany…

    “10 – 12 kilometers is not too much – for a woman of her willpower! At least someone is doing something.”

    let’s look at the least she’s not doing, something that continues to be overlooked and overshadowed by the “strange” and “irrational” things she is doing… “someone” is not taking her cause/request to the appropriate authorities and holding her ground until her cause is heard and her request granted…she is instead now taking her cause/request to those who do not have the power or influence to get her what she wants…bush didn’t give sheehan what she wanted…do you really think he’s going to give her what she wants when that same request comes from france?

    “Did you know that your last name is also German? Hartman from Hartmann – hart is the word for hard, and mann is for man! Go figure.”

    what? huh?! oh my god!

    yes, mark, i know my last name is german…what in the sam hill does that have to do with the price of a plane ticket to frankfurt?

    “Also: as you write:
    Even if she gets on base and into the hospital, her fun will likely end there.
    I am absolutely shocked that you think that this is “fun” for her…!
    May I remind you AGAIN : this poor woman lost her son, due to a war, which still needs to be explained, and which cost America so much more than just money!!!”

    that poor woman does not have a son laid up in landstuhl…there is no fundamental difference between taking a protest to the bedsides of the wounded and taking a protest to the gravesides of those who have died in this war…
    yes the war need be explained, and yes this war has cost america much more than money…and how exactly does an american get an american explanation for an american war or an american justification for the american money spent from a wounded servicemember or the european union?
    anyone who visits europe and doesn’t have fun is either dead or has just stepped out of a time machine that plopped them down into 1945…my reference to her “fun” was sarcastic…seriously, you missed that?

    “At least there is ONE woman out there, who is trying to “do something” about her pain!”

    she’s not doing something about her pain…that’s what grief counseling is for…what she’s doing isn’t even activism because she’s not taking her protest and her demands to those who could actually get her what she wants…again, wounded servicemembers and the european union are not in the position of delivering her an end to this war…she is an american with american demands per an american conflict…why then is she going anywhere but the head of the united states to protest and make demands?

    “That alone should be validated and not compared with “Scheisse”!”

    no where did you read that i compared what she’s doing with scheisse…just as one might say “oh shit!” in english after being surprised by something, so might one in germany say “Scheisse!” for the same reason…schoolhouse rocks features a lively presentation about exclamations for anyone who might be confused about their use…

    “Another word for you to look up in the dictionary and maybe write an entire blog is: SCHADENFREUDE!”

    i speak a respectable amount of german and don’t usually use the dictionary…do i understand you to be calling me eine schadenfreude? allow me to remind you that personal attacks are not allowed and yelling (all caps) just isn’t nice…please read the comment policy…

    und, ich bin Ihr liebstes nicht…

    (and, i’m not your dearest)…

  • Mark Bellinghaus

    do i understand you to be calling me eine schadenfreude? allow me to remind you that personal attacks are not allowed and yelling (all caps) just isn’t nice…please read the comment policy…

    und, ich bin Ihr liebstes nicht…

    (and, i’m not your dearest)…

    me? attacking you? Oh – good lord, are the German flaggs are burned now? A healthy discussion is WANTED on this site…right? I have my own case, and people attacked me – just for my spelling like that guy above – they do not see, that I am trying to spread the word about a mega fraud – happening right now, right here in CALIFORNIA! Where the sell out of an AMERICAN LEGEND TAKES PLACE! Turned into a “bag-lady” – which wouldn’t be as bad – if those bags were at least made in the USA! But they are NOT!
    I only feel sympathetic for Mrs. Sheehan. That’s all. Oh, and:

    anyone who visits europe and doesn’t have fun is either dead or has just stepped out of a time machine that plopped them down into 1945…my reference to her “fun” was sarcastic…seriously, you missed that?

    I did miss that, indeed! I can name you several places in Europe, Germany especially, where you will cry your heart out! For example: Dachau, Sachsenhausen, or Auschwitz(Poland). Besides many other former concentration camps!
    So let me take ” dearest” back, officially and good luck for you and your article. I am so sorry that I am thinking a bit different than you and most of the others who commented; that still does not give you guys the right to attack me like a herd of hungy wolves!
    Not that I am scared, I already got threats, just because I try to warn people of the most scandalous hoax in the last 20 years!

    Alles Gute – viel Glueck! (All the best – much luck!)

  • Erik WY USA

    Dear Diana Hartman – You’ve got to be kidding! What is it with people today. First, I am an American, and although Fox News and the so-called “Right” have been trying to sell that Americans are not free outside of America. Sorry, I don’t buy it. I’m an American and I’ll say anything I want, anywhere in the world! Don’t try this Jane Fonda argument — you can’t say it when your not in America. Bull! I’ll say it anywhere I want. It is disturbing how easy it is to get Americans to abandon the Constitution and what we stand for in the world just to support a politician.

    Cindy Sheehan is an American. Her son made the ultimate sacrifice. The Secret Service makes Americans protest in “free-speech zones” — this is not America. W made people take a loyalty oath to hear him speak. Is he not the President for all Americans? Of course he is not. That’s why he only speaks in front of troops — who have to show support.

    It is too bad that so many Republicans and “right” wingers are also uninformed and ignorant. They don’t know history and they don’t understand how America came to be. They trust politicians and pundits over experts, historians and military personnel who speak out. Remember General Shinseki, former Army Secretary Thomas White and others who told the truth and were later proved correct?

    You say that Cindy Sheehan has condemned the troops. When? How? And please don’t quote Bill O’Reilly or Rush Limbaugh. She may have condemned the was as illegal (well, technically it is not a war) or the actions of the troops in our name. She has that right. And her son died for that right.

    The President and the Congress have abandoned our soldiers so that they can save money and so that they won’t look bad. Where is the body armor? A soldier was just charged $700 for armor after being injured in Iraq (The Charleston Gazette 2/7/06). They have been making them pay for their food at VA hospitals. They now have a co-pay for treatment. No cameras at their funerals. What kind of respect is that? Why can we spend two weeks of non-stop coverage on the funeral of Ronald Reagan — that is respect, but appreciating the sacrifice of our troops and participating in their funeral is not allowed. Wake Up!

    Please don’t make hypocritical comments like I support Cindy Sheehan’s right to blah-blah-blah BUT…. You don’t support her right. You chose a political party over a principal. The truth upsets you so you want to silence it. Why does it threaten you all so much?

    You people are so brave confronting the mother of a dead soldier. Big words. Small minds. No compassion, morals or Christian values. Educate yourselves as to what is going on in this country. Forget right and left, conservative and liberal and start being Americans again. We were a voice in the world for all that was right — now you want to take that away from us if we are in a different country, if we don’t agree with you, if it criticizes our government.

    Our government was supposed to be OF, BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE. The President’s first responsibilty it to PROTECT and DEFEND the Constitution.

    Remember that and start acting like Americans not partisans.

  • http://dianahartman.blogspot.com/ diana hartman

    erik,
    for the record i am a registered independent..i am a liberal who did not and would not vote for bush…i abhor rush and bill…i was and remain adamantly opposed to the war in iraq and want to know why that money and effort was not used to find and seize osama bin laden…
    i am also a military spouse of over 20 years and have seen, upclose and personal, the havoc caused by war, car wrecks, overdoses, and assaults on both servicemembers and civilians both in the states and abroad…i would never confront the mother of a dead service member — nor would i confront a wounded service member as he/she still lay with their wounds…what could possibly be gained by doing so?

    at no point would i ever consider it in the least bit appropriate for anyone for any reason to protest, in full view of the the injured person, the circumstances under which the injured came to be injured…

    i’ve never said cindy sheehan condemned the troops…i am full support of her rights as an american to speak freely on american soil…an american military installation on german soil is U.S. government property…many americans feel as you do, that your rights as an american extend beyond her borders…and you would be incorrect in that assumption…
    jursidiction between the host country and the military installation overlaps and is often extended in favor of the host country in situations such as this (the person in question is a tourist/visitor from outside the host nation and is not an invited guest of the american installation)…as a guest of germany, sheehan must abide by german law…if she becomes the guest of an american military installation, she is only a guest as long as she abides by the rules (which will not include every one of the freedoms she enjoys as an american on american soil — even if the host installation is on american soil)…if she doesn’t abide, the intallation has the option of escorting her to the gate where she will once again fall under german jurisdiction…depending on the offense, should there be one, the installation may be required to turn her over to german authority…no amount of jumping up and down about being an american will change that…

    i agree that the president and congress have abandoned the military service member — both on and off the battlefield…i do not agree that the best way to bring about change is to hold one’s protest in the face of the very wounded with which one claims “solidarity”…

    i firmly believe in ms sheehan’s rights as an american and i believed she cherished those rights, among them the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances — until she left america to both assemble and redress her grievances…

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com Andy Marsh

    very nicely put Diana

  • http://www.triedit.com Robin

    Entertaining discussion.

    For the person who wishes to say anything anywhere just because she’s an American…let me tell you firsthand, that is what gets American’s the bad reputation. That sort of disrespect for OTHER countries is largely what the US leaders are about right now though.

    I know this because Im an American living in Canada. I moved here in 2000 and I can tell you that given the treatment I and my family have recieved in Canada, our CLOSEST ALLY, I shudder to think what it would be like somewhere else.

    Re: Cindy. Im sorry for her loss. Im sorry for every loss in this debacle. But I have to agree that forcefeeding loss to those who know it best is tasteless and cruel. She comes across as arrogant–as if her loss is somehow more important that the hundreds of other in the past few years. Or that American casualties are someone a greater loss than Iraqi children or the lives of Canadians filling in in Afghanistan so that our troops can get down and dirty in the sand.

    If I had the chance I would say to Cindy–go home. Grieve. Work through this. Then when your head and heart are a little more clear, work harder and stronger in a way that will make a difference. They say a burden shared is lifted but in this case it seems a burden shared is just creating more burden.

    Diana–you rock.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    I’m not sure how much of the actual arrogance originates with Cindy Sheehan. She has handlers who are feeding on her publicity and encouraging her to more and more outrageous stunts because it lets them score political points for their extreme left movement. She’s basically a monster created by her handlers and the media and in some ways as much a victim as anyone.

    Dave

  • sr

    Best thing that happened in cindy sheehans life was the lost of her son. For the un-informed sheehan was charged with child neglect several times. Drugs of course. She could give a rats ass about her son. He joined the Army just to get her out of his life. If your reading this cindy, the blame is on you. Could say more.

  • support your soldiers get them out of IRAQ you fools!

    cindy is trying to bring media attention to the american public to get the troops OUT of this bogus war. I support cindy sheehan trying to wake up the DUMP americans….who don’t realize that bush has taken YOU for a FINANCIAL POWER ride! In the process he has used the american soldiers like a dirty dish rag…….

    unforunately….till it hits the american people in the pocket FINANCIALLY……no individuals will stand up to bush. but the clock is ticking and here is why:

    huge deficits
    dollar being dumped by all foreign countries
    interest rates will be sky high (reagan)
    unemployment numbers are bogus now….don’t include those fallen out of benefits, or part time workers (try 11%)
    a few weeks ago 26000 people applied to 326 walmart jobs in chicago…what does this tell you???
    how is your inflation in your food bill NOW….just wait till tooth paste is $8.00 a tube…coming to a store near you.
    more and more professional white collar jobs shipped over seas.
    and as for the foreclosures they will be mountain high and wide….
    no savings in the usa
    total imbalances in the us financial system….tick tick

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com/ Mark Bellinghaus

    to # 24 sr:
    If you email(through my URL), some proof you have for this, I am willing to change my mind on that woman and withdraw my comments and doubts and the sympathy I kept for that lady, ever since she appeared.
    But please – tell us all how you can proof that! No matter if she is SCHEISSE impersonated, your comment seems over the top and shocking! It got my attention; but sometimes you only can reach people – with spelling out words, other were raised not to use! My parents made sure that I would never use the “S” word. Diana – forgive me, but that German word is just too graphic to me! Too ugly to read it in a headline. Very bad taste. It is not just like “oh shit”.
    But since I was called a “dickhead”, and you failed to tell him not to “attack” others, what do you expect?
    As soon as “sr” shows me proof or all of us proof that CS is really such a media junkie, I will change my mind and totally swing on your “anti-Sheehan” side!
    I see myself daily, and now for almost three weeks confronted by people who are out to hurt, just for the fun of it and under the cover on their anonymous name. If you say something, you gotta PROOF it! I did three month of researcha nd before I came out with my piece (you remember that) I worked and worked and worked on and for it!
    I am sorry – but in some way I understood CS for her desperate try. But if she was really such a terrible mother, I will have nothing to do with this, ever again. But we need to SEE PROOF for that accusation “sr” made.
    Does it make sense?

  • Marlon Knapp KS

    Di!
    While I agree that cindy has the right to protest (where allowed by law) I also agree that her protesting to the service members dealing with terrible and life changing wounds is ridiculous. I liken her current crusade with the despicable fred phelps and his unbelievable arrogance in protesting at our deceased service members funerals. As a member of the Patriot Guard who counters the phelps protests I only wish we had a post in Germany who could counter protest and remind our men and women in uniform that the VAST majority of American citizens and especially former military members continue to support them in what ever ways we can. I can only hope that all service members and their families reading this will accept my heartfelt thanks for the job they are doing no matter what part of the world they are serving in.
    Diana, keep up the great work of your own, in keeping the important matters in the forefront, including the fisher house and the needs of our service members after they come home.

    Marlon

  • Bing

    Post number 25 says “cindy is trying to bring media attention to the american public to get the troops OUT of this bogus war.”

    Let me provide some Cindy Sheehan quotes for you who wrote post #25…….

    “America is not worth dying for.”

    “You’re taking away our freedoms. The Iraqi people aren’t freer, they’re much worse off than before you meddled in their country.”

    ” You get America out of Iraq, you get Israel out of Palestine.”

    “my son died for israel.”

    How exactly do these quotes help the troops?

    They sound more like the inane rantings of an antisemite who thinks Iraq was better when Hussein was in charge.

    I’m so sick of his woman. She is a kook who does not represent the majority of Americans. Just because she lost her son does not mean she can say whatever she wants and the rest of America doesn’t get to have an opinion of the things she says. There are a lot of military families who have publicly critisized this woman.

    Yet she is so arrogant and deluded that she presumes that she speaks for all Americans with regard to the war, American foriegn policy and American politics.

    Cindy and her supporters care so much for the troops that when she had her little Camp Casey stunt in Texas and used white crosses with the names of soldiers who died in Iraq and the parents and families of some of the soldiers whose names were on the crosses came to camp casey and took the crosses down and asked Cindy and her supporters not to use thier names Cindy and her clan put the crosses right back up after the families had left. Yeah this woman really cares huh?

    I am so sick of you whiny radical nutcases sticking up for this woman and bitching about her rights. yeah she has the right to say whatever she wants but the rest of us have the right to have an opinion of what she says and does. What about the rights of the soldiers in the hospital in Landstuhl? What if they disagree with Cindy and want nothing to do with her? Must they be forced to have thier picture taken with her? Must stories be written about Cindy going to Landstuhl and protesting that hint that all of the soldiers there agree with her and want her there when they most likely don’t?

    It’s sad that she lost her son but this woman has become a fringe joke. She does not represent the majorit of americans or military families.

    It’s time for someone to step up to the plate and say “we realize you lost your son and have been blinded by grief Cindy but you’ve become a vile, anti-semitic mouthpiece for the far left and we have had enough of you.”

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    What bothers me about this whole scenario is that Sheehan is exploiting the wounded to advance her political interests and those of her decidedly anti-american handlers. They deserve better than that and if she had any respect for them she’d not involve them in her crusade, even as passive participants.

    Dave

  • MCH

    “What bothers me about this whole scenario is that Sheehan is exploiting the wounded to advance her political interests and those of her decidedly anti-american handlers.”

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  • Dave Nalle

    MCH, what does that have to do with anything? Now I have to have served in the military to not want to see the troops exploited? [Deleted]

    Dave

  • http://www.pond-security.com Benjamin Brandis, Security Officer

    As a German Contractor working for the LRMC Security I just want to say that the LRMC is a Hospital where not only Soldiers but also Civilians receive medical treatment.

    A Hospital is NEVER a good Place to Demonstrate or to Protest Politics. How would You like it lying in a Bed suffering Pain and try to get some rest while outside People are shouting and screaming?

    Besides – the LRMC is also an American Army Installation. No Base Commander would allow protestors to disturb the Order in his/her Installation.

    The territory of the LRMC is leased from the German Government. It stands under German Law. And the German Law says that we (the Security Officers) have the legal right to banish every Person from the territory. Even with Force, if we have to – thats called “Hausrecht”.

    For an Army Installation – no matter if American or German – it means that we can force every Person to leave because of Misbehavior.

    And If People block the Entrance to any Hospital or disturb the Order or the Peace they act irresponsible because they hamper the Traffic Flow and the Access to the Hospital for those who need medical care.

    Please understand me right – In Germany we love to say whatever we think. Everyone has the right to speak out his/her personel opinion.

    But there are better ways and spots to do this. Blocking the Entrance of an Army Installation or a Demonstration on a Base will result in a Banish and in a use of force, if the Security has to.

    The only thing Protesters can win this way is to get in Front of a Camera, whining about the “brute” Security or Army.

    Everyone focuses on the wounded. But most People forget about the Team which works very hard, day after day since this war started. Doctors, Nurses, Transportbusdrivers, even the guys working in the Dining Facility or the guys standing at the Access Points every Day and Night.

    I’m a German Citizien. I did not start this war and my country refused to join. But believe it or not, I AM Part of the War against terrorism, because my comrades an I are protecting everyone inside the LRMC, that includes the medical Staff, the soldiers, workers, their Families and the patients. We are pushing our lives at the Line every Day and we understand ourselves as Part of the LRMC.

    We will never allow anyone access to the Installation who want to disturb the Peace inside. Take it as a promise.

    (Please excuse any errors in the translation. Thx)