June 2, 2007


Infighting splits US war protesters: The Democrats' retreat on Iraq sparked a rethink of anti-Bush strategy (Joanna Walters, June 3, 2007, The Observer)

The American peace movement has been plunged into disarray after failing to persuade the new-look Congress to stop the war, amid mounting warnings of a summer bloodbath in Iraq.

When its most high-profile controversial figurehead - bereaved mother Cindy Sheehan - quit the anti-war campaign and the Democratic party in disgust last week, her resignation statement revealed the deep divisions. Now opponents of President Bush are warning that the anti-war movement and the Democrats have little time to salvage their credibility if they want to end the war - and take the credit for it. [...]

Even as Sheehan's decision to withdraw after three years' campaigning cast a spotlight on the state of the US peace movement, it was eclipsed by her announcement that 'Camp Casey' - the chunk of land she bought to hold protests outside Bush's ranch - was up for sale.

Despite her repeated declarations that she would use it until Bush resigned or was impeached, reports emerged that she plans to sell it on eBay.

Without missing a beat, the conservative group Move America Forward announced it would buy Camp Casey and erect a war memorial there, leading Sheehan's sister, DeDe Miller, to declare it would be 'a cold day in hell' before they would get their hands on it.

And she'd know that how?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 2, 2007 10:11 PM

"a summer bloodbath in Iraq"?

It almost sounds like the Left is ready to take up arms if the insurgents aren't killing enough Americans.

Of course, the Iraqi victims don't matter.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 3, 2007 11:12 AM