Supporting the Troops?
"As a U.S. soldier currently serving a one-year tour in Iraq, I was astonished to read "Bush should see Sheehan", a letter with so much disregard to troops' morale.
I, for one, am "silently disagreeing" with the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan. Every soldier, seaman, Marine and airman who loses his or her life fighting, I have great respect and remorse for. Not only have I seen those who disagree come over and change their minds about the situation once they are over here, I have seen military families do the same. The media portrays one picture and we see a completely different one.
How dare they say that they "support" the troops and not the war! It's unbelievable to say you can support one and not the other. How can they support the troops and not support what we are accomplishing over here? How can they be so selfish and close-minded to think that they are the only ones who are able to have the rights that they do? There are many families who have yet to have a meeting with President Bush, unlike Cindy Sheehan. Why not also give them a chance?
To the "idiots" in Texas protesting Sheehan's propaganda � Thank you. Thank you for supporting your military loved one who came over here and gave his or her life so people like them can have their freedom of speech. Thank you for your support and your undying love for what your loved one did. And thank you for standing up and supporting those of us who are still over here fighting for the American way."
-Spc. Allyssa Stepek, Camp Striker, Iraq (Stars & Stripes: Letter to the Editor)
Influences on Sheehan
"I have read two letters about how President Bush should meet with Cindy Sheehan about her slain son and the war in Iraq. The substance of these letters seems to show that the mainstream media has educated the public in the way that it sees fit because the original story left out some important facts. First and foremost is that President Bush already met with the Sheehans back in June at Fort Lewis, Wash. Why should Cindy Sheehan be granted a second audience when the vast majority of the families of the 1,700-plus other killed in action will never be given one?
After her meeting, Sheehan said, "I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis. I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith."
Quite a difference from her words today, wouldn't you say? Most of the rest of Sheehan's family have released a statement saying they disagree with her.
The root of Sheehan's pain seems to have come with new associations with, among others, Michael Moore and Crawford Peace House, whose politics are well-known.
They are obviously taking advantage of her grief to fuel their agendas, and that is the second real tragedy here.
-Spc. T.J. Buttrick, Camp Liberty, Iraq (Stars & Stripes: Letter to the Editor)