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Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Cindy Sheehan and George Bush
Just wanted to go on record with my opinion on Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a dead U.S. soldier who's camping in Crawford, TX and asking for a meeting with President Bush.
I'm really glad she's doing it. It puts a (capable) face on the grief that families are going through and invites people to question whether the changes occuring in Iraq were/are worth 2000 U.S. soldiers killed, thousand more wounded, and a vastly greater amount of Iraqi civilians killed and wounded. Everyone should answer this question for themselves - I know a fair amount of people who believe the war IS the right step and that in the long-run the sacrifices will be worth it, and that the U.S. has the moral authority (some say duty) to bring about this change. I don't agree, and I think everyone should have to make up their mind on the question. Cindy Sheehan's presence on th national scene encourages this. So bravo to her.
Unlike a lot of Democratic bloggers, I do not think President Bush should meet with her. The President cannot be beholden to gimmicky citizen demands. The President does meet with soldiers' families (has met with Sheehan before), and should do MUCH more of it. But not just because someone camps near his vacation spot.
On that note, I'd like to congratulate President Bush on taking just 4.5 years to set the record for most vacation days while in office. It took another underqualified President, Ronald Reagan, 8 years to get to 331 days (11% of his term - as if I had 41 vacation days a year rather than 15). President Bush has now been on vacation 20% of his time in office. Sure would be nice if I got 10 weeks of vacation a year. Also, it's too bad that chopping wood and clearing brush aren't part of the President's official job description - this guy would be the best ever!