Dear George and Dick

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George and Dick, 

I apologize
(not really, you don’t deserve my apologies) for the familiarity,
but I don’t call the people responsible for my son’s death: Mr,
or Sir, nor do I have any respect for the offices that you
have defiled. The only thing you both mean to me is pain and devastation.
George and Dick, you are both shameful cowards who are sending our
brave young people to die to make yourselves and your buddies unbelievably
and fabulously wealthy. Neither of you have any idea of the true
human, sorrowful cost of war nor do you care that you are ruining
lives by the thousands and thousands. You both disgust me beyond
belief. You are not, never have been, and never will be my President
or Vice President. 

is what your irresponsible and reckless policies took from me: One
year and four days ago my son, Casey Sheehan, was one of the
consequences of your lies and betrayals. One of the tens of thousands
that your arrogant, pre-emptive, imperialistic policies have killed.
I don’t know how any of you can sleep at night…I know I can’t.

I have wanted
to write this letter for over a year. 

We know the
intelligence leading to the war was “dead” wrong and gleaned from
a known liar (your administration likes liars…familiarity, and
all), so I have a question for you…

Why are Americans
and Iraqis still dying every day?  

Then, George
and Dick…you both go around spewing the lying filth that “freedom
is on the march in Iraq.” Well, I have a challenge for both of you:
if you believe in freedom so much in Iraq…then send your own children
over there to fight and perhaps die in the occupation without
the proper training, equipment, food, water, supplies, armor, or
protection. If you aren’t willing to send your own children to die
for this most grievous bull-crap, THEN BRING THE REST OF OUR CHILDREN
HOME…NOW!!! The definition of a just war is one that you are willing
to have your own children die for. Apply the definition. Then send
your own children if you believe this aggression is just…if not

Do the right
thing and BRING OUR TROOPS HOME, NOW!! Not one more drop
of blood, not one more penny for this travesty. Do not let our other
children be killed for the ephemeral and ever changing “Mission.”
My son’s death will have meaning and not be in vain if it is for
peace: if our troops are withdrawn immediately from this abomination
that is Iraq.

I dare both
of you to do the honorable thing and read
about my son
…my first-born…my pride and joy…my love…I
wish you would read it and weep, but I know neither of you give
one flying flip about me, my family, or Casey. 

I pray that
either one of you, or both of you, grow a vestigial conscience
and pray for forgiveness for the killing that your ignorance
and arrogance have caused. One time I ran over a kitten and killed
it and I was devastated for days…how do either one of you look
at yourselves in the mirror? How do you live with the fact that
so many innocent people are dead because of your beliefs and actions?
I know I couldn’t. I know I would have a hard time living with myself
if I was responsible for one death, let alone legions of deaths.
I really hope someone grows some courage in the House of Representatives
and you both are impeached soon.

I reiterate. Celebrate the new found “Culture of Life” in your hypocritical
administration. BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. NOW!!!

Do I sound
angry? You better believe I am. My son’s future was stolen from
him. My future with my son is now gone. I never even got to say
good-bye to him. 

If you have
any questions, or would like to hear anymore of my ideas, please
feel free to contact me.


11, 2005

Sheehan [send her mail] is
the mother of Spc.
Casey Austin Sheehan, KIA 04/04/04
She is co-founder of
Gold Star Families for Peace.

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