August 13, 2005


Fallen soldier behind protest 'loved to serve' (LISA LEFF, August 13, 2005, Chicago Sun-Times)

His gentleness and quiet but firm commitment to family, church and country are what people remember about Casey Sheehan, the 24-year-old soldier whose mother has people talking in new ways about the war in Iraq.

Among family and friends, opinions vary about Cindy Sheehan's decision to stage a peace vigil in Casey's name on President Bush's doorstep in Texas. Like others, they struggle with whether her determination to bring the war home honors or diminishes his choice to join the Army.

But those who knew the young man she so publicly mourns agree that if anyone is an appropriate face for the war's more than 1,800 U.S. deaths, it is Casey. He is a former altar boy, church youth leader and Eagle Scout who re-enlisted after the war started and volunteered for the rescue mission in which he and six others were killed last year.

"Casey was quiet, but he loved to serve and it didn't matter whether it was working in the kitchen, backstage or up front," recalled Steve Tholcke, who directs a Catholic youth camp where Sheehan worked as a counselor and organized youth retreats. "If something needed to be done, Casey was there to do it."

Nice of his mother, seen here meeting the President, to dishonor his service and exploit his sacrifice.

Mother already met Bush (Catherine Moy, 8/12/05, The Reporter)

Cindy Sheehan's incessant Bush-hating landed her on the Web site of Al-Jazeera, a propaganda arm for Muslim terrorists, and splintered her family, who mourn the loss of her son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, who died last year in Iraq. Mrs. Sheehan is now a tool of America-haters. She has joined the family of radical Democrats in defiance of her son's blood relations.

Her family has had enough. Cherie Quarterolo, Casey's godmother and aunt, wrote a letter to KSFO saying the family broke its silence because "our family has been so distressed by the recent activities of Cindy." The note read in part:

"The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the expense of her son's good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan family supports the troops, our country, and our president, silently, with prayer and respect."

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 13, 2005 9:22 AM

There's a bit of an anti-Cindy backlash brewing in the MSM that has taken me by surprise.

Posted by: David Cohen at August 13, 2005 9:41 AM

The press never likes people who are more self-righteous than they are.

Posted by: oj at August 13, 2005 9:52 AM

Time has come to pity her for her sickness. And we all know who brought it upon her. The same people who are taking advantage of her. How sad for her, her family and for the dishonor to her son. I worry about where she will inevitably end up with tortured memories what she has done. A nightmare become reality.

Posted by: Genecis at August 13, 2005 11:31 AM

can anyone in the MSM possibly be more self-righteous than oj and genecis here?

and, david, backlash? the MSM is virtually ignoring cindy sheehan.

Posted by: lonbud at August 13, 2005 1:25 PM


Do you take a paper? Open the front section--I bet you find her.

Posted by: oj at August 13, 2005 1:29 PM

oj: take a paper? that's so 20th century. out of the nytimes, washington post, LA times, wallstreet journal, cnn, usa today, and fox news, only the washington post has a link to sheehan's story "above the fold" on its main page on the internet today. fox has one, too, but it's buried several scrolls down.

Posted by: lonbud at August 13, 2005 1:49 PM

Please, lonbud. "Virtually ignoring," my hinder! Cindy Sheehan was the top story on ABC news radio last Sunday; she's there on CNN Headline News every half hour.

Posted by: Mike Morley at August 13, 2005 2:03 PM

Cindy Sheehan's moral posturing is a symptom of the attempt to infantilize the young men and women who serve in the military by the anti-war left. This idea that the outrage of a mother trumps the willing sacrifice of an adult man to serve his country is very much like Michael Moore's question to Republicans whether they would send their sons & daughters to war. Parents don't "send" their children, their children volunteer to serve.

The victimization of military casualties, treating them as hapless, passive victims of the administration, disgraces the sacrifice that these adult men and women make of their own free will and further perpetuates the culture of infantilization.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at August 13, 2005 2:43 PM

"Cindy Sheehan" = 416,000 Google hits.

"Paul Ray Smith" = 5800 Google hits.

[N.B. Obviously, I suspected that the first search would have more results than the second. How many more it has is shocking and shameful.]

Posted by: David Cohen at August 13, 2005 2:53 PM

You know the Sheehan 'peace movement' is in trouble when the rest of the family gets attacked on the Ed Schultz show and on the lefty blogs for defending Casey.

Being self-righteous never works. Silence would have served her better. She is on the Joe Wilson glide slope now.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 13, 2005 3:15 PM


Front page LA Times on Thursday. Are they supposed to make her page one every day?

Mother's Protest at Bush's Doorstep Raises the Stakes
By Edwin Chen and Dana Calvo, Times Staff Writers

Posted by: oj at August 13, 2005 3:38 PM

Cindy Sheehan was also on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle this week, and the O'Reilly Factor did at least one big segment on her.

Posted by: PapayaSF at August 13, 2005 9:12 PM

Sheehan's biggest problem is that probably 90-95% of her peer group (parents who have lost a child in Iraq) are unshakeable supporters of Bush and/or the war effort. Their anger at her is untouchable from the left, so she will only get sympathy from the media, which drags her down because of their hatred for Bush. She can't win, except with silence (as noted above). But that's not her game (or that of those who exploit her).

Posted by: ratbert at August 13, 2005 10:43 PM