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That stands for Cindy Sheehan International, by the way. For even if she draws a mere handful of "supporters", thanks to global communications (and a knot of reporters temporarily freed from Garden Club coverage) she's bad beyond nationwide:
Forty years ago, during the Vietnam War, Ho Chi Minh and his top deputies kept a close eye on U.S. public opinion and the antiwar movement. Now on the streets of Baghdad, Najaf and Mosul, even ordinary Iraqis have heard of Cindy Sheehan and formed opinions about her and her movement.If only we could give that to our own countrymen...
"The president doesn't have the credibility to face the mother of the U.S. soldier who was killed in a war that many in the U.S. say was a fatal mistake," columnist Muthana Tabaqchali wrote in the Iraqi daily Azzaman, which the U.S. Embassy considers hostile to the American mission in Iraq.
"Sheehan was a lady who stood like a lioness with her lofty staff in front of the president," he wrote. "She collected all her strength and motherhood to face the strongest president in the world to tell him enough!"
Others, however, view her with cynicism.
"This might be a part of a political game, like when pictures of prisoners' abuses in Abu Ghraib prison were published, just to harm President Bush's reputation," said Hameed Shabak, 35, a Mosul resident.
In front of the Faqma ice cream shop in Baghdad's Karada district, Fathel Saad, a silver-haired professor of philosophy and theology at Babel College south of Baghdad, debated a friend about Sheehan while finishing up an ice cream cone.
"I think she is misguided," Saad said. "What the Americans have given Iraq is the greatest gift: the freedom to think."
By the way, read that comment from the Mosul resident again, in case you missed it the first time.
Update: I'll save you the trouble of clicking through to the previous post on this topic (from 31 August) and instead just reproduce it here:
Tips On How To Beat US From Insurgents' ConsultantHis customers respond:
To gauge US public opinion, he has become an avid watcher of satellite news channels, and never misses the White House press briefings
To win the war against the US military and Badr, Colonel Jassam advises the Omariyun to follow two short-term goals - to cement mujahideen control over the Ramadi area, and to stage operations that will increase pressure on US opinion to withdraw troops.
To achieve their second goal, turning Americans against the war, the mujahideen need to shape their operations "to support anti- war sentiment in the west", he says.
Soldier formerly from Syracuse killed in Iraq
SYRACUSE, N.Y. A 23-year-old soldier formerly from Syracuse has been killed in Iraq.
Charles Rubado says that his son, Second Lieutenant Charles "Charlie" Rubado, was killed by a sniper Monday night while leading a patrol.
Rubado graduated in 2000 from Corcoran High School, where he played soccer, and moved to Florida with his parents to attend college. He graduated from the Reserve Officers' Training Corps in southern Florida in 2004 and trained at Fort Carson in Colorado before heading to Iraq in March.
His father, a Vietnam veteran, tells the Syracuse Post-Standard, "He's safe now, but there's a hole in my heart."
But even before the family had been notified Cindy Sheehan had completed the circle:
While George golfed yesterday, the worst hurricane ever struck New Orleans; oil went up to over 68.00/barrel; and an American soldier was killed in the charade and cataclysmic occupation of Iraq. The soldier's family doesn't even know what's going to hit them yet. The death is "Pending Notification." I continually ask myself: "How do George Bush and other death-mongers live with themselves?" While George vacations and bikes and golfs his way to the lowest poll numbers since Richard Nixon, other "patriots" are wrapping themselves in the Stars and Stripes and going along with the farce that the mission from hell: Killing more people in Iraq, because so many have already been killed" is somehow a good thing ordained by God. I can live with myself, but trust me, sleep does not come easily to me these days.And the ball goes back to the "insurgents"...
What doesn't show in any of the Article's is that the supporters of Sheehan made a fairly hefty advertising to co-incide with their "massive protest".
Any reasonably smart businessman knows that the way to get "positive" coverage for his business venture in the press is to buy some advertising space.
Any journalist who says he/she has never been asked to "go easy" on a major advertiser is a bold faced lier.
Just as every military commander is more than aware of the soldiers he may have with well connected families when he writes the "Performance Report".(Write a negative report...end up explaining yourself before a congressional committee)
The New York times is laying off 500, how many people are going to write a negative story about someone who bought a 2 page ad?
Fortunately, the illusion that reporters do anything but write filler to go with the 60-70% advertising required to make a newspaper profitable is going by the wayside.
The purpose of Teen Magazine is to get girls in the 13-17 year old group to buy cosmetics from those that purchase advertising space.
The purpose of the NY Times is to get the public to buy whatever product the advertisers are selling.
Posted by Soldier's Dad at September 22, 2005 08:58 PM
"While George golfed yesterday..."
Hack line to be found in any lefty dispatch.
The story is told that Drake was playing a game of bowls when the Spanish Armada was sighted, but insisted on completing the game before setting sail. That's because the tide would not permit Drake and the other captains to sail into the English Channel to meet the Spanish at that time. It wasn't that Drake was unconcerned about the tactical situation, he knew when he would be the most effective in addressing it. He knew his officers and men were already trained, briefed, prepared and staged to go into battle when the right conditions presented themselves. Till then, he had time for another round of bowls.Posted by Don at September 23, 2005 12:52 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(2) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)