Cindy Sheehan has gone to great lengths to portray herself as a mother of a son who was killed in Iraq who just wants to meet with President Bush. “I want one answer: What is the ‘noble cause’ MY son died for,” she wrote earlier this week. Later in the same blog post, she wrote: “I didn’t ask (President Bush) to withdraw the troops, I asked him what Noble Cause did Casey die for.”
However, a Reuters story following her press conference today reads:
“I’m just so honored that the universe chose me to be the spark that has set of … a raging inferno” of anti-war sentiment, Sheehan said. “It’s not going to end. If George Bush came out and spoke with me today and we went home, this wouldn’t end.”
I have avoided joining the chorus of angry conservatives seeking to demonize Sheehan, and I’m not going to change now. My heart goes out to her for the loss of her son, and she has every right to protest and can call Bush a liar all she wants. But at the same time, I don’t think President Bush should be expected to meet with her (again). As her statement today demonstrates, that will not satisfy her. Sheehan does not see herself as just any grieving mother, but the anointed leader of a growing anti-war movement.