Thanksgiving 2005 outside of the Bush vacation ranch near Crawford, Texas with Cindy Sheehan.
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Thursday, August 25, 2005

 

Cindy Sheehan Returns to Crawford, Confronts President Bush In National Television Ad

Press release:

GOLD STAR FAMILIES FOR PEACE


Spot Features Cindy Sheehan Directly Addressing Bush With Numerous Questions on the Iraq War

“How many American lives must be lost to justify your war?”

Crawford, TX— Cindy Sheehan, whose son, Pvt. Casey Sheehan was killed in Iraq last year, has resumed her vigil in Crawford, and Gold Star Families for Peace announced that their television ad would go to a national cable audience beginning today.

The ad features Sheehan asking the President, “ . . .how many American lives must be lost to justify this war?” Over the past three weeks, Sheehan has been joined by numerous other mothers and family members who have lost loved ones in the Iraq war, at Camp Casey, just outside the President’s Texas ranch.

The ad, paid for by Gold Star Families for Peace, will begin to air on CNN and Fox News nationwide, with an initial buy of $67,000.

The ad has been running in the Waco, TX, market covering Crawford, and also aired during the President’s visits this week to Salt Lake City and Boise. The group of military families will continue to demand a meeting with the vacationing President at his ranch in Texas, and wherever he travels.

Later today, Sheehan and other Gold Star Family for Peace members will receive Casey Sheehan’s combat boots, delivered to Crawford as part of the American Friends Service Committee’s traveling exhibit, “Eyes Wide Open: The Human Cost of War,” a traveling exhibition of combat boots representing soldiers killed in the Iraq conflict. The boots, which Sheehan had donated for the exhibit, were removed from its current display in Philadelphia.

Sheehan says they put the TV ad together because the airwaves seemed to be the only alternative. “This ad is just another attempt to reach President Bush,” Sheehan said. “All I wanted was an hour out of his lengthy vacation to meet with me and other military moms who disagree with his policies. We just want honest answers.” The president did meet with hand-picked military family members of fallen soldiers in Idaho yesterday, but he continues to refuse to address his critics, who have also lost their children in Iraq.

Celeste Zappala of Pennsylvania, a co-founder of Gold Star Families who lost her son ,Sgt. Sherwood Baker, in Iraq, has re-joined Sheehan in Crawford. "When we buried my son, I vowed to him I would tell the truth. This war is a betrayal of our military and of the democracy they seek to protect. I am here to uphold the honor and memory of my son, Sgt. Sherwood Baker, and insist that place accountability for this conflict where it belongs and bring the troops home now.”

“I want answers, just like any mother whose lost her child for a reason that can’t be explained,” said Jean Prewitt of Birmingham, AL, who also has come to Crawford and who lost her son, Private Kelly Prewitt, in the first weeks of the war. “I fully support the other families who want the truth from our President.”

Gold Star Families for Peace is a coalition of military families whose loved ones have died in war. The families plan to stay in Crawford until the President meets with them and to follow him to Washington once his five weeks of vacation are over. For further information, go to http://www.gsfp.org/.


Gold Star Families for Peace

AD TRANSCRIPT:

Cindy Sheehan speaking to President Bush

Mr. President, My name is Cindy Sheehan. On April 24, 2004 my son was killed in Iraq.

He was only 24 and he died in his best friend’s arms. Casey was so good and so honest-- why can’t you be honest with us?

You were wrong about the weapons of mass destruction-you were wrong about the link between Iraq and Al Queda—you lied to us and because of your lies my son died.

Mr. President I want to tell you face to face how much this hurts. I love my country, but how many more of our loved ones need to die in this senseless war? How many more soldiers have to die before we say enough?

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