I hope this isn’t true

Please, someone tell me this is just a nightmare and that I’ll wake up in the morning to find that this story doesn’t exist:

ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS TARGET WOUNDED AT ARMY HOSPITAL
Wed Aug 2005 24 21:20:05 ET

Anti-war protestors besieged wounded and disabled soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C, a new web report will claim!

CNSNews.com is planning to run an expose on Thursday featuring interviews with both protestors and veterans, as well as shots of protest signs with slogans like “Maimed for a Lie.”

The conservative outlet will post video evidence of the wounded veterans being taunted by protesters, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Developing late…

*Shudders.*

I’m going to take a wait-and-see approach with this and wait for the link to be posted at CNSNEWS so I can see it for myself.  I don’t want to think crap like this happens in our country …. yes, I know that’s idealistic but hey, a gal can dream, can’t she?

Thursday morning update: Here’s the link to the story.  The link to the video is also on that page.  I’ve not had a chance to look at it because my time on the computer is limited at the moment.  I’ll check it out a little later this morning when I have some more time.

Update II: I can’t seem to pull up the video this morning – probably for the best that I can’t :(

Related:  Please help Seattle police find three men who severely beat up two Iraq war veterans.  (Before anyone asks, I should note that the crime doesn’t appear to have anything to do with disagreements about the war.) KOMO reports:

SEATTLE – Two soldiers who just returned from a year in Iraq were badly beaten in an attack outside Pioneer Square. But believe it or not, someone caught the beating on videotape. Now, police are asking for your help identifying the suspects.

The brutality of it all was captured on tape outside of Larry’s Nightclub on First and Yesler on July 31.

Police say the victims were with two women who’d been groped by the suspects. One of the women threw a hot dog at the suspects and walked away.

Police say the victims were with two women who’d been groped by the suspects. One of the women threw a hot dog at the suspects and walked away.

They didn’t get very far. The three suspects ran after them and began attacking the two men — two soldiers who’d come home from the war.

The graphic videotape shows both victims getting beaten over and over again, and then after one of the victims loses consciousness, a suspect starts stomping on his head.

Hat tip to Captain Ed, who has screen caps of the suspects posted and the contact info for the Seattle PD.

Thurs. afternoon update: A reader has informed me that a members of the DC Chapter of the Free Republic have been counter-protesting the shameless anti-war protestors at Walter Reed hospital and says these protests (and counter protests) have actually been going on for several months.  (Hat tip: Jay)

Long day

I’m sure you’ve all had days that were so long, and/or so bad you just wished they would hurry up and be over.   Today was one of those days to me.  If it coulda gone wrong, it did!  Luck was not on my side today at all. 

I’m glad to be home, kicking back with the windows open (it’s cool outside) my cat snoozing nearby, and a smooth jazz CD playing.   All is calm – for the moment anyway.

Why am I telling you any of this? Well, I just wanted to explain why I wasn’t blogging much today.  Not in the right frame of mind …. I feel much better tonight though :)  Probably do a bit of blogging later, after I’m done catching up on emails. 

Hope everyone else is having a nice relaxing evening as well.  If you’re on the west coast, you’re  probably on your way home from work now (assuming you work a 9-5).   I don’t envy the traffic ya’ll have to deal with.  It’s bad enough here ;)

Sheehan/Robertson reactions: the differences

Just surfing around the blogosphere and a few message boards, it struck me – the differences between how the liberals unwaveringly support Cindy Sheehan and what she’s said versus how conservatives have done their level best to distance themselves from Pat Robertson’s advocation for Hugo Chavez’s assassination.

The general tenor of the lefty blogs on Pat seems to be "conservatives need to repudiate Pat’s comments!" And conservatives are doing so – but not because liberals are asking them to, but because it’s the right thing to do.

OTOH, the harsh rhetoric coming from Cindy Sheehan (and those of her “supporters”) is considered off limits for criticism according to the left.  Any attempt to criticize Sheehan’s statements, or those from  her "supporters" gets met with cries of "SMEAR MERCHANT!" – and worse (Jeff Goldstein discusses that here).

Let’s recap for a moment what Pat said:

On Monday, Robertson said on the Christian Broadcast Network’s ”The 700 Club”: ”We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability.”

”We don’t need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator,” he continued. ”It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.”

(BTW, the AP has updated that article – you’ll note my original post on this where I quoted from the AP article didn’t have Pat’s quote, at least in the first part of the article, as it does now.)

As we know, conservatives far and wide are condeming Pat’s comments. 

Now, here are some of the things Cindy Sheehan has said (emphasis added by me):

Cindy Sheehan Address Veterans For Peace Convention, August 5, 2005

And I’m glad to hear everybody else’s words, because somebody’s gotta stop those lying b**tards. Somebody has to stop them. […]

And then there’s Kevin and Monica Benderman. Kevin did exactly the right thing and got 15 months in prison. Whereas like Dahr said, the war criminals in Washington, D.C., they don’t even lose a night’s sleep.

Then we have this lying b**tard, George Bush, taking a 5-week vacation in a time of war. You know what? I’m never going to get to enjoy another vacation, because of him.

My vacation probably – -this is really sad because I have a really cute dress I was going to wear to the banquet tomorrow night, but I’m either gonna be in jail or in a tent in Crawford, waiting until that jerk comes out and tells me why my son died. […]

So what really gets me is these chickenhawks, who sent our kids to die, without ever serving in a war themselves. They don’t know what it’s all about. […]

But do you guys remember back in March when we were having our 2nd year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq which was pre-empted by Terry Schiavo, so that’s all that was on the news, not 5,000 of us in Fayetteville, Wolf Blitzer said it was insignificant, but they put Terry Schiavo on, and I wrote something then called The Amazing Hypocrites and I asked why does she deserve life more than my son, and the Iraqi people? And more than the other people that this war has killed.

But do you think George Bush will interrupt his vacation and go visit the families of those 20 marines that have died in Ohio this week? No, because he doesn’t care, he doesn’t have a heart. That’s not enough to stop his little playing cowboy’ game in Crawford for 5 weeks.

So, as you can imagine, the grieving parents who lost – – lost, I don’t like to use that word, whose child was murdered, it’s extremely difficult, you can’t even get a small scab on our wound, because every day it rips open. Every day, I don’t know why I do it because I already know that war is ugly, I already know that war is hard. But I open up the DOD site to see, who became an angel, while I was sleeping. […]

So anyway that filth-spewer and warmonger, George Bush was speaking after the tragedy of the marines in Ohio, he said a couple things that outraged me. […]

And I say, why should I want one more mother to go through what I’ve gone through, because my son is dead. You know what, the only way he can honor my son’s sacrifice is to bring the rest of the troops home. To make my son’s death count for peace and love, and not war and hatred like he stands for.

I don’t want him using my son’s death or my family’s sacrifice to continue the killing. I don’t want him to exploit the honor of my son and others to continue the killing. They sent these honorable people to die, and are so dishonorable themselves. […]

But I don’t care, I’m goin’. And I’m gonna tell them, "You get that evil maniac out here, cuz a Gold Star Mother, somebody who’s blood is on his hands, has some questions for him."

And I’m gonna say, "OK, listen here, George. #1, you quit, and I demand, every time you get out there and say you’re going to continue the killing in Iraq to honor the fallen heroes by continuing the mission; you say, except Casey Sheehan.’"   […]

And I’m gonna say, "And you tell me, what the noble cause is that my son died for." And if he even starts to say freedom and democracy’ I’m gonna say, bull s**t.

You tell me the truth. You tell me that my son died for oil. You tell me that my son died to make your friends rich. You tell me my son died to spread the cancer of Pax Americana, imperialism in the Middle East. You tell me that, you don’t tell me my son died for freedom and democracy.’

Cuz, we’re not freer. You’re taking away our freedoms. The Iraqi people aren’t freer, they’re much worse off than before you meddled in their country.

You get America out of Iraq, you get Israel out of Palestine

(massive round of applause)

And if you think I won’t say bull s**t to the President, I say move on, cuz I’ll say what’s on my mind.  […]

We can’t let somebody rise to the top who will pardon these war criminals. Because they need to go to prison for what they’ve done in this world. We can’t have a pardon. They need to pay for what they’ve done. […]

Another thing that I’m doing is – – my son was killed in 2004, so I’m not paying my taxes for 2004. If I get a letter from the IRS, I’m gonna say, you know what, this war is illegal; this is why this war is illegal. This war is immoral; this is why this war is immoral. You killed my son for this. I don’t owe you anything. And if I live to be a million, I won’t owe you a penny. […]

It’s up to us, the people, to break immoral laws, and resist. As soon as the leaders of a country lie to you, they have no authority over you. These maniacs have no authority over us. […]

 And we demonize the Iraqi people, where, most of this country doesn’t even think we’re killing innocent people. […]

"If you fall on the side that is pro-George, and pro-war, you get your ass over to Iraq, and take the place of somebody who wants to come home. And if you fall on the side that is against this war and against George Bush, stand up and speak out."

And that’s just for starters.   (Edited a bit to clean up the language in case any young folks stop by)

Do we see massive repudiation of those comments (and similar comments made by others like her) by the left? I see some, but not very many.  This is not just the hardline left giving her (and her “supporters”) a pass, but some in the mainstream as well.

So in other words, conservatives are falling all over themselves to distance themselves from Pat Robertson’s comments, but you don’t see too much of the same from the ‘other side’ when it comes to distancing themselves from Cindy Sheehan (and her “supporters”) statements.   They go on and on and say "she has the right to say those things!"  But of course this has never been about the right to say anything, but instead what’s right or wrong to say.  Big difference.  On many counts.

My conclusion is that the repudiation isn’t happening on that massive of a scale because so many on that side of the aisle agree with her (and her "supporters").  Which is a more than a little disappointing, I must say.

Update: Michelle Malkin is back from a mini-vacation (welcome back, Michelle!) and has a roundup of must-read links on Casey Sheehan’s heroism.  Bravo!

David Frum: What the President should be saying

This morning’s must-read comes from David Frum at NRO, who argues that the President badly needs to start reconnecting with Americans and instead of repeating platitudes about the situation in Iraq, and how he needs to remind them of how crucial winning in Iraq is to the global War on Terror (scroll down a bit to where you see the title "ANOTHER LOST OPPORTUNITY") :

Again, supporters of the war can do our bit to try to change minds. But the biggest megaphone in the country belongs to President Bush – and much depends on whether he uses it well or badly.

He is using it very badly indeed.

Let me mention just one single but maybe decisive problem. Again and again during the Bush presidency – and yesterday most recently – the president will agree to give what is advertised in advance as a major speech. An important venue will be chosen. A crowd of thousands will be gathered. The networks will all be invited. And after these elaborate preparations, the president says … nothing that he has not said a hundred times before.

If a president continues to do that, he is himself teaching the public and the media to ignore him – especially when the words seem (as his speech yesterday to the VFW seemed) utterly to ignore the past three months of real-world events.

The president could have made news yesterday by itemizing the reasons to regard Iraq more positively than most journalists do. He could have ticked off some of the achievements daily posted on the centcom.mil site. (Here’s the latest.) He could have teased details even out of the mainstream media. (Mickey Kaus the other day noted that the reliably dour Robin Wright of the Washington Post casually mentioned in the course of her latest down-beater that Iraq has gone on a car-buying boom that has put a million new cars on the road since liberation. Kaus: "A ‘car-buying boom’–another shocking failure! Don’t they know about global warming?")

Or, alternatively, the president could have skipped the good news and delivered a blood, sweat, toils, and tears speech: Yes things are hard, harder in fact than expected, but the stakes remain enormous – and here is why we must win, and why I am determined to fight this thing through to victory. That would be powerful too.

As it is, though, he says nothing, and is perceived to say nothing, and soon nobody will be listening at all, if anybody still is.

Make sure to rea the whole thing – and also check out the reader commentary below that as well.  I totally agree with what he’s saying.  It’s time for the President to remind America in no uncertain terms how much we need to win in Iraq and what’s at stake if we don’t.