Dear George and Dick

Dear 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. 

This 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 THEN BRING THE REST OF OUR CHILDREN HOME…NOW!!!

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 My son’s death will have meaning and not be in vain if it is for peace: if our troops are withdrawn immediately from this abomination that is Iraq.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.

Again, 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.

Peace, Cindy Sheehan

April 11, 2005