A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Saturday, August 06, 2005

For Freedom

Yahoo News: White House officials meet anti-war protesters:

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - About 70 anti-war protesters shouted "bring the troops home" from Iraq near President Bush's ranch on Saturday, prompting two White House officials to come out to meet with mothers who lost children in combat in Iraq.

National Security Adviser Steven Hadley and Deputy White House chief of staff Joe Hagin listened to the concerns of Cindy Sheehan and five or six other mothers in a meeting that lasted about 45 minutes, White House spokesman Trent Duffy said. Duffy said Sheehan told the two officials she appreciated the meeting.

"I want to ask the president, why did you kill my son? What did my son die for?" Sheehan, 48, Vacaville, California, told reporters before meeting with Hadley and Hagin. Sheehan blames Bush for the death of her son, Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, 24, killed on April 4, 2004, in Sadr City, Baghdad.
Army Specialist Casey Sheehan died for freedom, just as so many men died for freedom in the Revolution, in the Civil War, in World War I, in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. Just as they died for freedom in Somalia and anywhere else our military has fought.

To accuse the President of killing her son, Cindy Sheehan dishonors her son Casey and all who have fought and died for freedom. Casey knew the possibilities when he signed up to join the Army. We grieve with Cindy Sheehan, but we know how to honor Casey---by continuing to fight for freedom, so that Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, and all like him, will not have died in vain.