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The Canonization of St. Cindy Sheehan

Wednesday, 24 August 2005 12:00 AM

I had always been under the impression that the president of the United States is the commander in chief and responsible as such for the conduct of our foreign and military policies. In that capacity his constitutional duties do not require him to take time out from fighting a war to sit down and have a chat with obviously disturbed mothers, even one who has lost a son in the conflict.

He should especially be exempted from having to pay attention to a woman who described him to Veterans For Peace as "that lying bastard George Bush ... taking a five-week vacation in time of war. You get that maniac out here to talk with me in person. Bush needs to tell me why my son died in Iraq. I've got the whole month of August off, and so does he."

Normal human beings endowed with a modicum of common sense would dismiss this kind of nonsense out of hand. Wartime presidents have better things to do than listen to the advice of anybody given to such bizarre delusions, and the media should have enough sense to treat the lady as they would ordinarily treat anyone similarly afflicted with such a whole slew of delusions.

But no, that cannot be allowed. Mrs. Sheehan has presented a golden opportunity for the effete Marxist media to engage in their favorite practice of Bush bashing, especially when it concerns the hated war in Iraq they try so hard to depict as a dismal failure.

So they gathered round and elevated her to sainthood down there in Crawford, Texas — one of their least favorite places in the entire U.S. — after all, they don't have a decent five-star restaurant or even a Starbucks, and there isn't a single shop in Crawford where they can buy such necessities as Birkenstocks, gourmet food or passable foreign vintages.

And then they found Cindy, and Crawford became at least bearable.They managed to ignore the rather inconvenient fact that Mrs. Sheehan is being deftly managed by public relations experts. To make the spectacle work she had to be portrayed as poor, simple "Mother" Sheehan, grieving mother of a dead soldier, instead of what she really is — the unbalanced icon of just about the farthest left collection of crazies ever cobbled together since the days of the popular communist fronts in the 30s that lionized the Soviet Union as the very heart and soul of progressivism.

Having been so canonized, St. Cindy is trotted forth as the voice of reason. She is calling upon this country to do the decent thing and bug out of Iraq, leaving the people of that suffering land to the tender mercies of the butchers and decapitation experts the media prefers to call "insurgents," or, in their wilder moments, "freedom fighters," battling the imperialist designs of evil George W. Bush — who had the effrontery to get himself elected President not once but twice in the face of their fevered opposition.

The drumbeat is now reaching the deafening stages. St. Cindy has energized the masses and single-handedly, we are told, created a vast and unstoppable anti-war movement every bit as potent as the one that forced us out of Vietnam, leaving the people there to the mercies of a brutal communist — er ... "progressive" — regime.

Who's kidding whom? Poor Cindy is nothing but a handy tool to be exploited. The media — and the media alone — has trumped up the anti-war hysteria now being expressed by a segment of the population that has always been against the conflict. The media wants us out of Iraq, and they don't care what they have to do to achieve that result.

I realize that there are a lot of people who seriously question the wisdom of our having invaded Iraq, and many of them have raised legitimate doubts about the venture. But we are now there, like it or no, and we have a tough job to do. If we have an ounce of national pride and any sense of responsibility left, we will stay there until the job is done.

We need to sing along with George M. Cohan's classic World War I war song "Over There," which defiantly proclaimed, "We'll be over, we're coming over, and we won't come back til it's over, over there."

It's not over, over there.

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