Skip to comments.Sheehan Herself Sent "Israel" Letter to Friend
Posted on 08/18/2005 9:50:46 PM PDT by kristinn
I've heard that Cindy Sheehan's mother had a stroke, and my condolences go out to her at this time. However, I'm still following a story about an appearance Sheehan made on CNN Monday night, and there has been a new development.
Today, Cindy Sheehan wrote about the CNN / Nightline letter / Israel fiasco that I've been following on the Media Blog. Here's what she had to say on Michael Moore's Web site:
Another thing is that the Israel thing has not died. I did not say that my son died for Israel. I have never said it, I don't think it, I don't believe it. It is just another lie, smear tactic from the right. It needs to die right now. It's not the truth. I stand by everything that I have said. But I will not stand by things that I haven't said. I am not anti-Semitic. I am just anti-killing. George Bush is responsible for killing so many people, but nobody scrutinizes anything he says, especially leading up to the war. Since there is nothing to smear me about with the truth, they have to tell lies. A former friend who is anti-Israel and wants to use the spotlight on me to push his anti-Semitism is telling everyone who is listening that I believe that Casey died for Israel and has gone so far as to apparently doctor an email from me. People have to know that he doesn't speak for me. ABC Nightline can't confirm his email is real and therefore any reporting on it is irresponsible. That is not my issue. That is not my message and anyone who knows me knows it doesn't sound like me.
This post on Google groups contains the letter that Cindy Sheehan wrote to ABC's Nightline. Yesterday, I e-mailed Tony Tersch, the man who posted it to Google groups, and asked him about the letter. Tersch, incidentally, is not the "former friend" Sheehan accuses of doctoring her letter to Nightline. He's just a guy who belongs to the Google group in question. Here's what he wrote back:
I came to know Cindy Sheehan several months ago, and because of my great sympathy for her, and sharing her cause, I sent her stuff about her and her efforts. For that reason I sent out to the Band and the Bull Yard Group what they said about her. Then CINDY SHEEHAN herself sent me a letter SHE had written, a disclaimer of their portrayal of her and misrepresentation. I certainly did not doctor her letter, nor does she claim I did.
So Cindy Sheehan sent Tersch the version of the letter that appears in the Google group post. That version contains the paragraph:
Am I emotional? Yes, my first born was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel. Am I stupid? No, I know full-well that my son, my family, this nation, and this world were betrayed by a George Bush who was influenced by the neo-con PNAC agenda after 9/11. We were told that we were attacked on 9/11 because the terrorists hate our freedoms and democracy...not for the real reason, becuase the Arab-Muslims who attacked us hate our middle-eastern foreign policy. That hasn't changed since America invaded and occupied Iraq...in fact it has gotten worse.
Last Monday night, Sheehan told CNN's Anderson Cooper she never said her son died for Israel. Today, she tells Michael Moore's readers she never said it. But Tersch again, not the "former friend" Sheehan accuses of doctoring the letter before sending it to Nightline says Sheehan herself sent that version of the letter to him.
Given the radical nature of many other statements Sheehan does not deny making, it's surprising that she continues to deny saying that her son was killed to benefit Israel. But the available evidence indicates that she almost certainly did
I hope that she reunites with her family in her mother's crisis and reconsiders the way she has been throwing away her whole life. Too sad.
Amen to that.
Asked - And answered Cindy. You have the intelligence of a pound hair and this crap about ""My first born" is getting very thin.
IMHO she has been throwing away her son's life
I hate to say it, cause others probably have already.
President Bush will get the blame for the stroke, even if Mom recovers fully.
Olbermann is probably writing copy right now.
Boy, so do I. But what an wierd moment the reunion would be. What on earth would one say to one's spouse in a situation like this while gram's in bad shape right there in the bed and the kids are all around. Good Lord.
If her mother is in a hospital, I wonder if it has a psyc unit.
Sorry, Cindy, there IS NO DRAFT! No one, especially President Bush, FORCED your son or anyone else to join any part of the military!
It certainly is getting thin. She was anti-war and anti-Bush before her son died, and she's riding around America in the so-called impeachment bus. Her only motive is to get President Bush, and using her son to do it is despicable.
I would like to see Sheehan ask the Code Pink types why they support the thugs who are killing our men and women.
I would like to know how those "activists" can look her and every parent of a dead soldier, in the eye without shame.
I'd like to see that org renamed Code Stink, because they do.
Who cares what she says, she's a loon.
He even reenlisted contrary to his mothers political opinion.
If Casey Sheenan didn't care about his mothers political opinions, why should we?
I'm going to ignore his mothers political opinions, too. I'm siding with Casey Sheenan. He has honor.
I'd like to know why Sheehan thinks President Bush is more accountable for her son's death than her allies who fund the 'insurgents' (killers) like the ones who killed her son.
I wish the brilliant Ms. Sheehan and her ilk would explain to me how it is that we are fighting this war for oil and a gallon of gas is pushing three bucks. Perhaps she can enlighten me since I am but a simple-minded, uninformed dumb ass who doesn't understand the bigger picture.
I just wanted to tell you that you were mentioned, by name, in an article in my newspaper about the Washington Freep. I'm in South Central Texas and was excited to see Free Republic mentioned!!
Bush has an "R" behind his name, that's why.
Yeah, but if the last ratings numbers are any indication only twenty or thirty people will see him read it.
Here's the link to the original post from bullyard, dated March.
It clearly shows the commentary cited above was accurate---and proves that Ms. Sheehan has again made claims that aren't accurate. No one "doctored" what she said.