Yes, after spending five days in California with her 74-year-old mother who was felled by a stroke last Thursday, “St.” Cindy Sheehan is camped out again in Crawford with her mob of left-wing adulators, including half-forgotten peace-folksie Joan Baez, who strummed through a repetoire of her hits from 40 years ago for a crowd that included many of her fans from 40 years ago.
Blogging today from Michael Moore’s website, Cindy continues to elaborate on her theory that her son Casey, who was killed in Iraq last year, was somehow tricked into his death by duplicitous Army recruiters–even though Casey was 24 years old when he died, had just re-enlisted after his first four-year-term was up, and had voluntarily undertaken the mission that resulted in his death. Writes Cindy:
“For Casey to even join the Army, let alone being killed in battle was the thing that was most uncharacteristic of him.”
Meanwhile, as Inky reader L.T. reminds us, some of Cindy’s best pals, the ladies of Code Pink, have a new project: gathering every Friday evening outside the Army’s Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., and taunting the severely wounded military personnel who are undergoing treatment and rehabilitation at Walter Reed. Drudge reports that CNS, the conservative news outlet, will post a video today “featuring interviews with both protestors and veterans, as well as shots of protest signs with slogans like ‘Maimed for a Lie.’ (Read this Washington Times news story to learn how the wounded feel about being a captive audience for Code Pink.)
“Code Pink…includes prominent anti-capitalists like Medea Benjamin, who played a key organizing role in the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization riots, according to a website for Global Exchange, another activist group headed by Benjamin. The riots in Seattle caused millions of dollars in property damage, according to numerous news reports.
“Benjamin also served as project coordinator for the Institute for Food and Development Policy, which reportedly sent aid to the Sandinistas. Benjamin claimed in her book, ‘I, Senator’ that she ‘fought Ronald Reagan’s illegal and immoral war against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua.’ [Benjamin ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in 2000 as a Green Party candidate but seemed to think she had won; hence the book’s title.]
“In a 2001 San Francisco Chronicle article, Benjamin was asked about protestors sympathizing with so-called enemies of U.S. foreign policy, including the communist Viet Cong and the Sandinistas. ‘There’s no one who will talk about how the other side is good,’ she said.”
Fortunately, the D.C. chapter of Free Republic has been staging counter-demonstrations at Walter Reed to show the troops that most Americans don’t share the sentiments of Cindy Sheehan and “Senator”Benjamin. Says Free Republic:
“The Pinkos other goal is too demoralize those wounded troops, but wounded troops have repeatedly thanked us for our presence as an antidote to the morale-sapping leftist antics.”
Indeed, last Friday, Aug. 19, the 20 troops-supporting counter-demonstrators from Free Republic actually outnumbered the 14 Code Pinkos who showed up with their signs and taunts (click here for photos) designed to make the men and women who have bravely shed their blood for their country feel demoralized and guilty as well as physically helpless.
There will be yet another Code Pink demonstration tomorrow, Aug. 26, and Free Republic’s D.C. chapter begs Washington-area residents to join the counter-protests outside Walter Reed. The time is 6:30. Bring flags, placards, and other symbols of support. You can count on the eternal gratitude of the wounded who have been forced to endure a campaign of nastiness on top of their incredible physical suffering.