Thinking About Hillary

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People
I like support Hillary for president. Could I? Well, if she wins
the nomination, and has denounced the travesty in Iraq, I could,
especially against a pro-war Republican. But I fear she can't speak
out against the occupation because she supports it. Never again
will I make the mistake of supporting a pro-war Democrat for president,
just as I would never support a pro-war Republican.

Why
the delay? The moral policy is also the practical policy: End the
occupation. Americans want it. The world wants it. Iraqis want it.

Pro-war
people can change their minds, and we should welcome them with open
arms when they do. Senator Clinton, taking the peace road would
not prove you are weak, as some claim. Instead, it would prove that
you are a strong and wise candidate. As a mom, as an American, as
a patriot: I implore you to have the strength and courage to lead
the fight for peace. Prove that you reflect our nations’ values
and do not support imperialism, Halliburton, and torture.   

Senator
Clinton: come out against this occupation of Iraq. Not because it
is the politically expedient thing to do, but because it is the
right thing to do. If you want to make Casey’s sacrifice count,
bring his buddies home alive.

If
you do not, like many American moms, I will resist your candidacy
with every bit of my strength.

Recently
I met with Sen. Clinton and Sen. Harry Reid.  No one has asked
me how it went with Sen. Reid, but I’ve been asked about my meeting
with Sen. Clinton many times. A few days earlier in Brooklyn, I
had referred to her as waiting for a politically “expedient” moment
to speak out against the war in Iraq. Of course, I think that that
tactic is wrong, because politics should have nothing to do with
opposing the slaughter. No one asked the almost 2000 dead Americans
and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi dead what political party
they were rooting for. When a mother receives the news that her
son or daughter has been killed for lies, she never thinks “Oh no,
how could this have happened? I am a Democrat(Republican)!”

I
had gone to the meeting with another Gold Star Mother, Lynn Braddach,
and my sister, Dede Miller. After Sen. Reid left, Mrs. Clinton stayed
for a moment to tell us that she had met with other Gold Star Mothers
who had a different view. I said that didn’t really matter, because
our view is the right one. But our meeting had no effect, because
immediately afterwards, Mrs. Clinton told Sarah Ferguson of the
Village Voice: “My bottom line is that I don’t want their
sons to die in vain…. I don’t believe it’s smart to set a date
for withdrawal…. I don’t think it’s the right time to withdraw.”

Lynn,
Dede, and I resent the deaths of our loved ones being used to justify
the killing spree in Iraq. Besides, it sounded as if Mrs. Clinton
were using Republican party talking points.

The
allegedly wonderful tradition of a bipartisan foreign policy is
actually against the public interest. It ensures that there is no
serious opposition in Washington to the establishment's wars. That
must change, no matter who is in power.

Sen.
Clinton is in California now to raise money for her political campaigns.
An invitation to one event read:

“We must
stand with Senator Clinton as she stands up for what we believe
in. Hillary is and always has been our champion in the White House
and the Senate.” She’s one of the “strongest, most passionate
and intelligent Democrats.”

But
she doesn’t stand up for what I believe in. I don’t believe in continuing
this occupation of Iraq and I don’t believe in killing more of our
soldiers because my son has already been killed. Nor do I believe
she is "passionate." I think she is a political animal
who believes she has to be a war hawk to keep up with the big boys.
She is intelligent, there’s no doubt about that. But the intelligent
thing for Democrats to do for 2006 and 2008 would be to come out
strongly against the botched, bungled, illegal, and immoral occupation
of Iraq, as Sen. Russ Feingold has. Republicans too, like Rep. Ron
Paul.

62%
of Americans now believe that this war is based on lies and betrayals
and want our troops to start coming home. 53% of Americans want
our troops to come home immediately. The last time I looked, Democrats
did not comprise 62% of the population. Americans oppose this war
in overwhelming numbers, and it crosses party lines. Americans can
see that the war in Iraq has fueled terrorism and has made the world
and our country less secure. Americans can see that the murder of
innocents is not a “right and left” issue, but a “right and wrong”
one.

Sixty-nine
of our best and brightest have been sent meaninglessly and unnecessarily
to their graves since I met with Mrs. Clinton. Sixty-nine mothers
and fathers and who knows how many spouses, brothers, sisters, sons,
daughters, cousins, and friends have been sent into tailspins of
grief and emptiness since that meeting.

Sen.
Clinton, along with many others, voted to give George Bush the authority
to invade a sovereign nation that was no threat to the USA. They
spinelessly and illegally delegated their constitutional responsibility
to declare war. We (and most of them) know that giving an irresponsible
person authority to engage in mass killing is devastatingly wrong.

Sen.
Clinton, if you now oppose this war, it will not bring my son or
almost 2000 other Americans back, and it won’t bring back Iraq's
war dead. But it will help prevent more deaths, and it will make
you a strong candidate. I am not holding my breath, I'm sorry to
say, but I pray that you prove me wrong.

UPDATE:
Cindy Sheehan Pledges Civil Disobedience Campaign

October
24, 2005

Cindy
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
. She is the author of Not
One More Mother’s Child
and Dear
President Bush
.

Cindy
Sheehan Archives

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