Thursday, August 18, 2005

Cartoon #204: “Cindy Sheehan”

Title: Cindy Sheehan; Text: Label/heading: 'Improvised Explosive Device' (arrow pointing to Cindy Sheehan standing at roadside with sign reading: Mr. Bush, what noble cause did my son die for?)

On the day that ‘Camp Casey,’ Cindy Sheehan’s vigil to meet with President Bush, moved to private property next to his fake ranch in Crawford, Texas, four more U.S. soldiers died by ‘Improvised Explosive Device’ north of Baghdad. Sheehan’s son Casey, a Marine, was killed in Iraq in April 2004, in an IED attack. The night before the bivouac, Cindy’s vigil, a metaphorical IED, exploded into a nation-wide movement with candlelight vigils held all over the country in support of her. Meanwhile, Bush continued enjoying his annual five-week vacation in Crawford.

GOP operatives and the right-wing media continued their attempts to smear Sheehan and other war moms supporting her. The stupidity of Bush administration’s public relations tactic was further exposed when it was recalled that Bush interrupted his vacation earlier in the year and rushed back to Washington to sign the bill banning the removal of life support from the brain-dead Florida woman, Terry Schiavo. Bush said he sympathized with Ms. Sheehan. But evidently not enough to tell her so in person practically at the end of his driveway.

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