What's a mother to do?
That's the mantra of Cindy Sheehan, of Vacaville California. She lost her son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, in Iraq last year and this year she is demanding a meeting with Bush to challenge him with her question.
In her own words:
"I want to ask the president, why did he kill my son?" Sheehan told reporters. "He said my son died in a noble cause, and I want to ask him what that noble cause is."
Sheehan said hers was one of a group of about 15 families who each met separately with the president one day last June.
"He wouldn't look at the pictures of Casey. He didn't even know Casey's name," she told CNN Sunday. "Every time we tried to talk about Casey and how much we missed him, he would change the subject."
Sheehan said she was so distraught at the time that she failed to ask the questions she now wants answered.
"I want him to honor my son by bringing the troops home immediately," Sheehan told reporters Saturday. "I don't want him to use my son's name or my name to justify any more killing."
When I first heard about this on a Drudge Report, my first instinct was to be cautious. A grieving mom is a serious thing, and perhaps she needs this, perhaps she deserves some comfort and answers. Conservatives bristling at the obvious anti war flavor, and the dramatic rhetoric I thought should tread softly. But I read on, and there is much more going on here.
It seems when Cindy met with the president back in June of 2004 she had a much different account:
The mother of a fallen U.S. soldier who is holding a roadside peace vigil near President Bush's ranch -- has dramatically changed her account about what happened when she met the commander-in-chief last summer!
Cindy Sheehan, 48, of Vacaville, Calif., who last year praised Bush for bringing her family the "gift of happiness," took to the nation's TV outlets this weekend to declare how Bush "killed an indispensable part of our family and humanity."
THE REPORTER of Vacaville, CA published an account of Cindy Sheehan's visit with the president at Fort Lewis near Seattle on June 24, 2004:"
'I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,' Cindy said after their meeting. 'I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith.'
"The meeting didn't last long, but in their time with Bush, Cindy spoke about Casey and asked the president to make her son's sacrifice count for something. They also spoke of their faith.
"The trip had one benefit that none of the Sheehans expected."
For a moment, life returned to the way it was before Casey died. They laughed, joked and bickered playfully as they briefly toured Seattle.
For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again." 'That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy said."
So rather then try and figure out whether she is a hypocrite, a media hound or just a grieving mom who changed her mind, I decided to profile some other moms/spouses.
Crystal Owen, whose husband, Staff Sgt. Mike Owen, was killed in Iraq last year. She also met with the President, but this is what she told him:
'I know people are pushing you, but please don't pull the guys out of Iraq too soon. Don't let my husband -- and 1,700-plus other deaths -- be in vain. They were over there, fighting for a democratic nation, and I hope you'll keep our service members over there until the mission can be accomplished
"She thanked us for our son's sacrifice and made sure we knew the people in Iraq were grateful for the sacrifices that were made not just by our son, but by all of them said. I just told her how happy we were that the elections were successful and told her our son would have been pleased."
My son Wes will be deployed to Afghanistan in February. Of course he faces various trainings prior to that, like needing to learn the language, etc. This will most likely be in Colorado. He and his best friend who joined together have been selected as top gunners. I am proud of him ,but of course scared. We have been dealing with a lot of emotions since the news. It is a reality check when your son sits you down to go over the benificiariy papers and what I am to do with them if the need arrives!