Why Hillary Is Not the One

Sheehan, Cindy

By Cindy Sheehan Illustration by Robin Eley Why Hillary Is Not the One Letís face it: In 2008, we are not going to get much worse than George W. Bush. I shudder to even think of what a...

...Everyone who knows me, though, understands the main reason I do not, have not, or will not support Hillary Clinton...
...I, my sister, Dede, and another Gold Star Mother, Lynn Bradach, whose son, Travis Bradach-Nall, was killed in Iraq in 2003, met with Senator Clinton in September of 2005...
...But Hillary refuses, even at this late date, to apologize...
...My answer to that is: Come in off of the fundraising track and work on bringing the troops home now...
...On January 18th, Senator Clinton introduced a meaningless bill to put a cap on the number of soldiers that can be in Iraq...
...But I crave a President who keeps us safe not by killing innocent people, or embarking on an insane arms race to add weaponry to our already formidable arsenal, but by implementing wise policies that give fewer people abroad any good reason to despise us...
...She sat there stone-faced and walked out and told Sarah Ferguson of the Village Voice, ďMy bottom line is that I donít want their sons to die in vain...
...white, brown, or black...
...it was lost before we went in...
...Even though the monograms are already in place, it sets a dangerous precedent, especially with another Bush in the offing...
...I donít care if it is a man or a woman...
...She never will be...
...The Administration gilded the lily, engaged in hyperbole, took whatever small nugget of intelligence that existed and blew it up into a mountain,Ē she said on the Senate floor that day...
...Still, she tries to have it both ways, saying that if she becomes President in 2009 she will bring the troops home from Iraq if they are still there...
...I donít think itís the right time to withdraw...
...I, again, affirm my commitment to peace...
...She is the co-founder and president of Gold Star Families for Peace and the Camp Casey Peace Institute...
...I am hoping with 2008, though, that the American electorate will not settle for someone who is not as bad as George W., but we will seek out, support, and celebrate someone who is far better, someone who will lead our country back on a path of healing and peace in a way that will also show the rest of the planet that the United States is regaining her sanity after the horribly destructive Bush years...
...In a voice that alternates between nails on a chalkboard and the charm, warmth, and modulation of a dripping faucet, Hillary changes her rhetoric and her positions as fast as her advisers can send a message to her BlackBerry...
...But that is what she said, as she began to backpedal as early as October 17, 2003...
...It is as weak as the nonbinding resolution, and it is just as politically safe, since about two-thirds of the country now opposes the waróand Bloody George, too...
...Saddam Husseinóthis is your last chanceódisarm or be disarmed...
...While the Senator is out campaigning and equivocating, people are dying...
...I donít believe itís smart to set a date for withdrawal...
...policy must be clear and unequivocal: We cannot, we should not, we must not permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons,Ē she said...
...I crave a President who does not aspire to run the empire just like the guys but who understands the need to dismantle the empire and to turn this country into a real democracy, instead...
...The United States was the big loser in a capricious military expedition that began with the support of Senator Clinton...
...Hillary Clinton is not that person...
...Apologizing might hurt that image, this adviser said...
...She may as well have slapped us in the face using Bloody Georgeís lines and using our sonís sacrifice to justify her own warmongering...
...We cried as we told her of our sons and our fear for the people of Iraq and the escalating body count of our brave young people...
...She has argued to associates in private discussions that Mr...
...I am praying that we are finished with politicians who either donít listen to the American public at all or, like Hillary Clinton, play political games while our troops are dying by the dozens every week...
...She said this on the floor of the Senate before she cast her original vote: ďThe facts that have brought us to this fateful vote are not in doubt...
...We poured our hearts and souls out to her...
...Since we met with her, more than 1,000 of our young people have come home in body bags and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis have died while she was waiting for the best political time to be semi-against the war...
...America does not do dynasties...
...According to one adviser, her internal polling indicates that a high proportion of Democrats see her as strong and tough, both assets particularly valuable for a female candidate who is seeking to become commander in chief...
...I want Senator Clinton to show remorse for her complicity in the murder of my son, Casey, and his buddies, and for the mass murder of the Iraqi people...
...Mrs...
...I want a President who keeps us safe...
...Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Specialist Casey Sheehan, who was killed in Bushís war of terror on 04/04/04...
...She set the cap at January 1st levels...
...How many of our troops are lying in Walter Reed with devastating injuries that could have been prevented if a Senate leader like Clinton would have taken a moral, instead of a political, stance...
...It is because she is a She-Bush warmonger...
...Now, as Bush threatens war with Iran, Senator Clinton is in no position to hold him back...
...This occupation of Iraq canít be won by being smarter...
...In dealing with this threat . . . no option can be taken off the table...
...I shudder to even think of what a President worse than George would look like...
...She can twang all she wants that she has always been against the invasion and occupation of Iraq, (as she did on a recent MSNBC Countdown with Keith Olbermann), but anyone with a memory and a basic awareness of current events knows she is not exactly telling the truth...
...I donít want a President who admits to being fooled by George Bush, one of the biggest fools in American history...
...On February 1, she had this to say to a meeting of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee): ďU.S...
...I will only support a candidate who is courageously and uncompromisingly committed to peace...
...She dares to threaten using a weapon of mass destruction, which has only ever been used by the U.S., to pick the mote out of Iranís eye when Israel has a couple hundred logs in its own eye, and America has thousands...
...One of the reasons that Iím opposed to a Hillary Clinton Presidency is that another Clinton in the White House would mean that for twenty-four years we will have had either a Clinton or a Bush in power...
...It is not because she is annoying...
...Democrat, Republican, Green...
...Christian, Jew, Muslim, or otherwise...
...Even though saying ďIím sorry for my vote that caused so much painĒ will not raise anyone from the dead, or rebuild the smashed cities and infrastructure in Iraq, it may go a long way toward healing and also toward bringing the rest of the troops home so they can live a long life on top of the earth, not prematurely buried beneath it...
...Kerry lost, in part, because they could not convince enough Americans that they were resolute on national security, the associates said...
...To avoid letting Iran get a nuclear weapon, she is willing to go nuclear...
...Kerry,Ē The New York Times reported on February 18...
...Itís hard to figure out which Hillary will appear on a given day...
...It is not because she is a Clinton...
...Clintonís image as a strong leader, in turn, is critical to her hopes of becoming the nationís first female President...
...We broke away from a monarchy 231 years ago, and we shouldnít return to family rule...
...She is an amazingly brilliant person, and she cannot credibly say that she was deceived by George...
...Gore and Mr...
...In fact, she out-hawks George W. on the imminent invasion of Iran...
...Clinton believes that reversing course on Iraq would invite the charge of flipflopping that damaged Mr...

Vol. 71 • April 2007 • No. 4


 
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