Wednesday, August 17, 2005


MN-02: Rowley to Texas

Opinions expressed here regarding the war in Iraq are mine and only mine.

From today's Star Tribune:

The two want to demonstrate solidarity with anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan

Two Minnesota moms at the forefront of the anti-Iraq war movement, one of whom recently lost a son in the fighting, are flying to Crawford, Texas, on Thursday to join Californian Cidy Sheehan's expanding, and increasingly controversial, protest near President Bush's ranch.

State Sen. Becky Lourey, whose son, Matt, was killed piloting an Army helicopter earlier this year, and FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley, a recently declared DFL candidate for Congress who spoke out early against invading Iraq, said they will join the stakeout at "Camp Casey" -- named in memory of Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, 24, who was killed more than a year ago.


Note to all war-opposers and Democratic candidates--Sheehan is not protesting the war. Most of the people who are there with her are, but she is not. She is protesting the use of our soldiers' deaths as a reason to stay in Iraq, which she correctly indentifies as a disgusting and deceitful sham by the Bush Administration. Yet MoveOn and other anti-war groups and Sheehan's hangers-on have allowed Bush to get away with saying "her position is 'get out of Iraq'" when that's simply not the case. Kudos to Rowley and Lourey for their move for solidarity and opposition to the war, but as always, we Democrats, as a national entity are failing to stay on message and failing to frame that message properly.

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