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Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
John Kerry ostensibly fought for freedom, then returned home to become the voice of the NVA. No amount of combat awards can justify that.
And you still haven't answered the question of why you are a freedom fighter and Sheehan is just a chump.
Originally posted by EastCoastKid
Originally posted by jsobecky
This was wrong on so many levels. To imply that only people with relatives currently serving can understand sacrifice is outrageous. And to emphasize the fact that Rice is childless is to minimize the feminist movement.
so many levels?
If Condoleez Rice had a child who had to or volunteered to serve, she would think more deeply about deploying troops to our current war zone. That is a fact, jack.
If you disagree with that assumption, you are completely unhinged from reality, just like Duhbya.
Perhaps Ms. Boxer thinks that only Cindy Sheehan truly understands the word sacrifice.
Cindy Sheehan has lost her child, her beloved child. To this insane, senseless war. No one who is without child can know that woman's pain. For you to even allege that they could shows your unhingement. And yes, I did just make that word up.
This current group of Democrats apparently do not care about bipartisan efforts to solve problems. They continue with their pre-November mudslinging tactics, unaware that the American public is sick and tired of it.
Note to the last American remnant of Bush supporters:
The November election was pure repudiation of Bush's misguided effort in IRaq.
Originally posted by EastCoastKid
Did you know him personally?
I didn't think so.
You don't know Casey Sheehan. You don't know why he joined. You have no idea what he would have thot about his mothers' current advocacy. He'd probly punch your front teeth out for talking sh** about his mother - if he wasn't DEAD.
He enlisted in the Army when he was twenty years old. He decided to be a mechanic. He would undergo Combat Lifesaver training - a class on how to give IVs and treat trauma only second in intense learning to combat medic training. He was also certified to assist with giving communion to soldiers while in the field.
Specialist Sheehan re-enlisted in the Army in 2004 knowing full well that he could be sent into a combat zone.
Casey Sheehan's Sergeant asked for volunteers. Sheehan had just returned from Mass. After Sheehan volunteered once, the Sergeant asked Sheehan again if he wanted to go on the mission. According to many reports (and according to his own mother), Casey responded, "Where my Chief goes, I go."
Though Sheehan's protest has galvanized support among antiwar activists, it has divided parts of her own family, some of whom sent an e-mail to news organizations distancing themselves from her protest.
"We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the expense of her son's good name and reputation," said an e-mail sent to the Reporter newspaper, in Vacaville. The e-mail was signed by Casey Sheehan's aunt Cherie Quartarolo on behalf of his paternal grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
"The Sheehan family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving," the e-mail said. "The rest of the Sheehan family supports the troops, our country and our president, silently, with prayer and respect."
Sheehan, however, told the paper that the admonition came from in-laws who often disagreed with her.
"We have always been on separate sides of the fence politically and I have not spoken to them since the elections when they supported the man who is responsible for Casey's death," Sheehan said. "The thing that matters to me is that my family, Casey's dad and my other three kids, are on the same side of the fence that I am."
The toll of her son's death has carried over into Ms. Sheehan's marriage: She said she and her husband separated a few months ago as a result of the war, and of her activism. Although she and her estranged husband are both Democrats, she said she is more liberal than he is, and now, more radicalized.
"He agrees with the philosophy of what I'm doing," Ms. Sheehan said, "but not the intensity. He wanted me to pull back, but I couldn't. We grieved in two completely different ways."
As a result of the war (a vague phrasing) and her activism? That's different from what she said to CNN:
She and her husband are separated, affected by the stress of losing their son.
Two days ago, the marital problems were because of Casey's death; today they are because of her activism.
Perhaps the notion that her activism had nothing to do with the problems in her relationships was an untenable position given the opinions clearly voiced by Patrick Sheehan's family in the Cherie Quatarolo letter. In fact, on August 11, she was quote at TruthOut.org as saying her husband would support her against the rest of his family:
Cindy treated it [the Quartarolo letter] with a shrug. Her husband will send out a more detailed response soon. In the meantime, Cindy says the letter is to be treated as little more than bad, dumb noise.
There has been no detailed response yet, only more detail on the estrangement between Cindy and Patrick.
My son knew Cindy Sheehan's son
My name is Jan Johnson, and my son, Justin Johnson knew Casey Sheehan (son of the well-known Cindy Sheehan) very well. They were in fact very close friends after they met in the U.S. Army at Fort Hood.
Justin and Casey shipped off together to Iraq, and their friendship grew stronger as they spent more time together and shared the experiences of serving their country at a time of war.
On April 4, 2006, Casey Sheehan died in Sadr City, Iraq when his unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. The news of Casey's death was devastating for Justin, and he went online to express his condolences to the Sheehan family:
My name is Spc. Justin Johnson of the 1-82 field arty battalion. Casey was a great friend of mine and is missed by us. All I wanted to say he is in my heart all the time."
Six days later, Justin himself died in the same city as Casey Sheehan when the Humvee he was traveling in hit an IED.
My family's story does not end there. At the age of 45, my husband Joe Johnson re-enlisted and went to Iraq. He was determined to fight for this nation in response to the 9/11 attacks, the attack on the U.S.S. Cole and all the other acts of terror against the U.S. and its citizens. And now Joe's son had died in the war on terror as well, and he had the chance to avenge his son's death in Iraq.
The death of Justin has been an immeasurably painful experience for my husband and I. We loved our son very much and wish so badly he was still with us today - more than just in our hearts and prayers.
We wish to honor Justin Johnson and Casey Sheehan. They are heroes who gave all to sacrifice for their nation.
Watching the actions of Cindy Sheehan and some of her supporters the past 2 years has been painful for me at times. I do not think that many of her actions and tactics properly honor the brave efforts of our troops serving in the war against terrorism. I've been determined to find a way to give voice to America's heroes, including my son, and now there is one way that I can be sure he and Casey will be properly honored.
There is a new book you've probably heard about called "American Mourning" written by Melanie Morgan (Chairman of Move America Forward) and Catherine Moy (reporter for the Vacaville Reporter).
This is the story of my boy, Justin and his friend, Casey. It is a story that has largely gone untold. Oh sure, everyone in the nation knows what Cindy Sheehan thinks about President Bush, but that's not what I think our nation should focus on.
I think we should instead pay tribute to the wonderful men and women who have given their lives for this nation, and whose service and sacrifice keeps our nation strong and free.
I think it would be a great honor for Casey and Justin if we could help make this book the #1 Bestseller at Amazon.com. I am hoping that each one of you reading this will pick up at least 1 copy. The book is about $15. It will be a compelling read for yourself, and make for a great gift for someone this holiday season.
If there's some justice in the world we can get that book to #1 and get the story told that deserves to be told about America's finest.
Thank you for reading my letter. God Bless you and God Bless America!
Fondly, Jan Johnson