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'It's up to you now': Sheehan quits

'It's up to you now': Sheehan quits By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press Writer
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Cindy Sheehan, the soldier's mother who galvanized an anti-war movement with her monthlong protest outside President Bush's ranch, said Tuesday she's done being the public face of the movement.

"I've been wondering why I'm killing myself and wondering why the Democrats caved in to George Bush," Sheehan told The Associated Press while driving from her property in Crawford to the airport, where she planned to return to her native California.

"I'm going home for awhile to try and be normal," she said.

In what she described as a "resignation letter," Sheehan wrote in her online diary on the Daily Kos blog: "Good-bye America ... you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can't make you be that country unless you want it.

"It's up to you now."

Sheehan began a grass roots peace movement in August 2005 when she camped outside Bush's Crawford ranch for 26 days, demanding to talk with the president about her son's death. Army Spc. Casey Sheehan was 24 when he was killed in an ambush in Baghdad in 2004.

Cindy Sheehan's protest started small but swelled to thousands and quickly drew national attention. Over the next two years, she drew huge crowds as she spoke at protest events. But she also drew criticism for some actions, such as meeting with Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's leftist president.

"I have endured a lot of smear and hatred since Casey was killed and especially since I became the so-called "Face" of the American anti-war movement," Sheehan wrote in the diary.

Kristinn Taylor, spokesman for FreeRepublic.com, which has held pro-troop rallies and counter-protests of anti-war demonstrations, said dwindling crowds at Sheehan's Crawford protests since her initial vigil may have led to her decision. But he also said he hopes she will now be able to heal.

"Her politics have hurt a lot of people, including the troops and their families, but most of us who support the war on terror understand she is hurt very deeply," Taylor said Tuesday. "Those she got involved with in the anti-war movement realize it was to their benefit to keep her in that stage of anger."

When Sheehan first took on Bush, she was a darling of the liberal left. "However, when I started to hold the Democratic Party to the same standards that I held the Republican Party, support for my cause started to erode and the 'left' started labeling me with the same slurs that the right used," she wrote in the diary.

She said she sacrificed a 29-year marriage and endured threats to put all her energy into stopping the war. What she found, she wrote, was a movement "that often puts personal egos above peace and human life."

She said the most devastating conclusion she had reached "was that Casey did indeed die for nothing ... killed by his own country which is beholden to and run by a war machine that even controls what we think."

Sheehan told the AP that she had considered leaving the peace movement since last summer while recovering from surgery.

She decided on Memorial Day to step down and spend more time with her three other children. She said she was returning to California on Tuesday because it was Casey's birthday. He would have been 28.

"We've accomplished as much here as we're going to," Sheehan said, saying she was leaving to change course. "When we come back, it definitely won't be with the peace movement with marches, with rallies and with protests. It will be more humanitarian efforts."

Last year, with $52,500 in insurance money she received after her son's death, Sheehan bought 5 acres near downtown Crawford as a permanent site for protests.

"Camp Casey has served its purpose," she wrote in the diary. "It's for sale. Anyone want to buy five beautiful acres in Crawford, Texas?"
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Shame on us, we let her down
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I'm hunkered down in my own Camp Casey; what's she done for me lately?
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The sad thing about people who are insane is that they can look otherwise normal. She snapped when her son died. Sad, but true. The vitriol was unnecessary, but a sane person would have realized that.
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I've always thought she was unhinged by her son's death. Bush could have nipped it all in the bud early on, but the arrogant cocksucker won't even go to their funerals, nevermind meet with this poor woman. On the whole, she did this country a lot of good, being one of the first to point out the Emperor of Iraq has no clothes.

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She put her money where her mouth was -- that's more than anyone here has done. She sacrificed her entire life in an effort to place the Dems in a position to end the invasion of Iraq, then they stabbed her and the rest of the American people in the back.

I wouldn't blame her for heading up to capital hill armed with an AK47. "Insane!?!? I'll show you f**king insane!!!!!!."

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I've always thought she was unhinged by her son's death. Bush could have nipped it all in the bud early on, but the arrogant cocksucker won't even go to their funerals, nevermind meet with this poor woman. On the whole, she did this country a lot of good, being one of the first to point out the Emperor of Iraq has no clothes.
Actually, he DID meet with her once, before she became unhinged and DEMANDED a second meeting.

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Post Rest in Peace Army Specialist Casey Sheehan

Benzworld forum,

I respect the rights of Cindy Sheehan to protest, by waving signs, marching, and her freedom of speech as long as she does not violate the law.

That is why I chose to volunteer and serve in the United States Army so all citizens can exercise their constitutional rights.

I honor her son Army Specialist Casey Sheehan that had paid the ultimate sacrifice.

He and other veterans that have served in our military and that have paid the ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Reference: Honor the fallen: Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom casualties

Respectfully,

James Van Thach
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"That currently peace can only be accomplished with an honest broker not with Terroristic attacks. For our nation young people need to become more involved in our governmental process because they need direction in their life and the U.S. Army is the place to grow. The military is a great extended family that will only benefit our future."
Marco Benz Descendant of First Gas Automobile Inventor Karl Benz

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^Always the high road. You sir, are the exception to my statement "She put her money where her mouth was -- that's more than anyone here has done." No slight intended...

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I don't know, her son joined the army was his choice, right? Why didn't she stop him then if she thought it's a dangerous job to do. I have served this country half of my life until the budget cut here and there then I quited. I thought about what IF all the time. But then, if my number is called, no matter where I am and what I'm doing, I'd drop dead as well. My heart goes to her son and all other fallen hero of our military.
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