While I grieve for Ms. Sheehan, and being the father of two young boys I hope I never have to go through what she's going through now. I feel she is being used, not by the liberal antiwar movement, but by the Korporate media, and it's poster boy, George W (W stands for Wuss) Bush. You see, as long as Bush never meets face to face with Ms. Sheehan, the media circus will continue. And that's just what this administration wants.
It doesn't matter to Bush that approval ratings for the war keep falling, they are either too arrogant to admit they made a mistake, or just taking a page from 'Mein Kampf". As long as the Korporate media's attention is focused on Ms. Sheehan, it is effectively distracting the public attention away from the crime of treason committed by Karl Rove. In the meantime, in an effort to save Mr. Rove's neck from the gallows, they have changed the name for the war, even though it is still a war, it has gone from the Global War on Terror to the Global Struggle Against Terrorism, to finally, the Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism. This from the same people that changed 'prisoner of war' to 'enemy detainee' so America can willfully violate the Geneva Conventions.
The Bush administration is hoping that this change of title will save traitorous Karl Rove if special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald chooses to go after him using the Intelligence Indentity Protection Act that states if this happened in a time of war and it aids our enemies (since Ms. Plame's operation was involved in monitoring WMD worldwide, it certainly would have aided Saddam Hussein, if he had any WMD) then he has truly committed an act of treason and should be punished.
But, if Mr. Fitzgerald uses US code793 and 794 , Mr. Rove faces life in prison or the death penalty. Considering how Mr. Bush executed more criminals as governor of Texas than any other governor in US history, his refusal to execute Rove (who, still has a job in the White House, even after Bush stated that anyone involved in this treason would no longer be working there) would be just one more act of hypocrisy carried out by the right wing.
Consider this quote(thanks Daily Kos):"If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an acheivable goal and an exit strategy," Karen Hughes, speaking on behalf of then candidate George W. Bush about Clinton's illegal war in Bosnia.
You see, during Clinton's illegal military excursion, in which no US soldier died, Sean Hannity, who has since told antiwar protestors to dissent quietly said:"Explain to the mothers and fathers ofAmerican servicemen that may have to come home in body bags why their son or daughter had to give up their life." Fox News 4/6/99. of course now that his guy's in the White House, I'm sure that Mr. Hannity has changed positions and feels that Bush should not have to explain himself to Ms. Sheehan, such is the rampant hypocricy that runs through the right wing. I believe this is called a flip-flop.
Now, concerning Bosnia and Kosovo, when we were bombing over there, the antiwar sentiment wasn't as heated as it is now. Right wingers feel because Bill Clinton was in the White House, this illegal act was given a pass by them and the "liberal" media. In reality, the war in Bosnia and Kosovo received little media attention as at the time they were too busy running Whitewater, Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky down the people's throats to distract them from the illegal military action. There were no flag waving graphics, no "Support Our Troops" magnets, no shut up and get behind the President sentiment from reactionary pundits. Sure, the 'ethnic cleansing' propaganda was there, but it was no way near as much as the 'Saddam is evil' propaganda that filled our airwaves before the illegal invasion of Iraq.