August 31, 2005

Cindy Sheehan Is Glad Bush Didn't Meet With Her

A few days ago, I wrote in this very blog that Cindy Sheehan had no real interest in meeting with President Bush:

For those of you on the left, who continue to ask "why doesn't Bush meet with her?" in the hopes of painting Bush as not being compassionate, there is a simple answer. It wouldn't do any good. You see - this is not about "finding out why [Casey Sheehan] was killed". What is it about? It is about Cindy Sheehan's 15 minutes of fame. It is about the fact that each and every major news organization in the United States is now covering her story (notice - not Casey's story) and that they are hanging on her every word. "'I'm just so honored that the universe chose me to be the spark that has set off a raging inferno,' Sheehan said." It is about a political protest. According to Cindy Sheehan, a mere meeting would not be sufficient for her to stop: "If George Bush came out and spoke with me today and we went home, this wouldn't end."

I like being proven right:
A woman who led an anti-war protest for nearly a month near President Bush's ranch said Tuesday that she's glad Bush never showed up to discuss her son's death in Iraq, saying the president's absence "galvanized the peace movement."

For weeks, the television cameras showed her crying and pleading to have President Bush meet with her to explain "why Casey died". I don't doubt her grief over the death of her son, but cannot escape the conclusion that these little incidents were made for the cameras.

From the beginning, this was intended as a publicity stunt to gain media attention - similar to when John Kerry sent Max Cleland to Bush's ranch to protest the Swift Boats.

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