September 28, 2005

Cindy Sheehan Calls McCain a "Warmonger"

USA Today reports that Cindy Sheehan met with Senator John McCain. According to their report, it did not go too well:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Peace mom Cindy Sheehan didn't change her opposition to the war in Iraq after meeting Tuesday with one of its supporters, Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam veteran whom she called "a warmonger."

Sheehan thanked McCain for meeting with her, but she came away disappointed. "He tried to tell us what George Bush would have said," Sheehan, who protested at the president's Texas home over the summer, told reporters. "I don't believe he believes what he was telling me."

McCain, R-Ariz., also seemed disappointed in the meeting, which he said had been misrepresented as including some of his constituents. Only one person in her small delegation has ties to the state, and that person no longer lives there.

The two exchanged views about the war, and McCain described the conversation as "a rehash" of opinions already well known. He said he might not have met with Sheehan had he known none of his constituents was in the group.

Although McCain has criticized the handling of the Iraq war, he has supported President Bush's call to stop terrorism abroad before it reaches the U.S. Sheehan, whose son, Casey, died in Iraq last year, has energized the anti-war movement with her call for troops to be brought home.

"He is a warmonger, and I'm not," Sheehan said after meeting with McCain. "I believe this war is not keeping America safer."

"She's entitled to her opinion," McCain said. "We just have fundamental disagreements."

Sheehan's conference with McCain was one of several scheduled this week as part of her campaign to persuade members of Congress to explain the reasons for the war. She spoke before a massive anti-war rally Saturday on the National Mall and was arrested Monday demonstrating in front of the White House.

It is possible that Senator McCain was tricked into participating in the meeting, however, I sincerely doubt that. Senator McCain, who I deeply respect and admire, should have known better.

Is it really intellectually honest to describe Ms. Sheehan's efforts to meet senators as part of a "campaign to persuade members of Congress to explain the resasons for war"? Does anyone really believe that there is any explanation that any senator could give that would satisfy Ms. Sheehan? No, of course not.
More likely, that portion of the article was just another attempt by the mainstream media to sanitize Ms. Sheehan and her views. No offense, but Ms. Sheehan is not on a fact finding mission. Rather, she is affiliated with some radical anti-war groups such as Code Pink and International ANSWER. Her mission, quite simply, is to convince senators to support an immediate pullout from the war in Iraq.
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