Swift-Boating Sheehan While Stereotyping Everyone With a Different Point of View

RECEIVED Thu., Aug. 25, 2005

Dear Editor,
    Your unbridled hatred of Bush is so out of control you ignore even the most basic journalistic sensibilities. Significant facts you conveniently “forgot” to include in your Cindy Sheehan story [“Sheehan's Field of Dreams,” News, Aug. 19]:
    1) She is not asking for a chance to meet with Bush; she is asking to meet with him again. She was already given the extremely rare chance to state her views to him directly.
    2) After her first meeting, she said President Bush was caring, and the two spoke of their deep religious convictions. Cindy said, "I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith." She changed her story when it became convenient for her little show in Crawford.
    3) Her son clearly did not agree with her views. He re-enlisted after the war started knowing he would probably go to Iraq. Further, he was in a noncombat unit and bravely entered the fight to help other soldiers. No one forced him – he was doing what he thought was right.
    While I regret the loss of what was clearly a fine soldier, if Cindy Sheehan is the icon for your left-wing agenda, I feel sorry for you. The liberals in this country are clearly completely bankrupt when it comes to leadership if the poster child they chose to represent them is a crackpot who attacks her own son's political views after he dies doing what he believes in.
David Bernert
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