Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan commemorated Memorial Day by writing her “resignation letter as the ‘face’ of the American anti-war movement.”
Sheehan joined the anti-war movement in after her son, Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, 24, was killed on April 4, 2004, in Baghdad after his unit was attacked with small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.
Though she met with President Bush after Casey’s death (you can see an old picture of the President kissing her HERE), it was the president’s refusal to meet with Sheehan the following summer — and the media coverage of her time in Crawford, Texas, protesting the president with ever-increasing crowds — that even many of his GOP allies say was the beginning of the end of the president’s popularity. One Bush ally told me the president’s refusal to meet with her made him look “callous.”
But Sheehan clearly has become disenchanted with her once-allies on the Left. She writes today (LINK) on the liberal DailyKos website that “(w)hen I started to hold the Democratic Party to the same standards that I held the Republican Party, support for my cause started to erode and the ‘left’ started labeling me with the same slurs that the right used.”
After Congress passed the Iraq war funding bill last week, Sheehan resigned from the Democratic party, writing (LINK), “Congratulations Congress, you have bought yourself a few more months of an illegal and immoral bloodbath. And you know you mean to continue it indefinitely so ‘other presidents’ can solve the horrid problem BushCo forced our world into. It used to be George Bush’s war. You could have ended it honorably. Now it is yours and you all will descend into calumnious history with BushCo.”
Her son Casey, she concludes today, “did indeed die for nothing.”
“I am going to take whatever I have left and go home,” she writes. “I am going to go home and be a mother to my surviving children and try to regain some of what I have lost.”
What do you think?