Friday, March 10, 2006

The Casey Sheehan tombstone kerfuffle 

A number of bloggers on the right have worked themselves up in a lather over the report that famous mother Cindy Sheehan, who was transformed into a strident anti-war activist and friend of neo-communists (you know, "neocoms") over the combat death of her son Casey, has not yet arranged to put a headstone on Casey's grave.

Frankly, I think this particular attack on Mother Sheehan is -- how to say it -- in poor taste. Yes, it has a "goose/gander" fairness to it. Sheehan is seen in some quarters as exploiting the fact of her son's death toward a political end, so what could be wrong with doing it back? Well, all tats don't deserve a tit, and this is one of them.

Look, Cindy Sheehan is a fool who has allowed herself to be used by the radical left for no end of causes entirely unrelated to legitimate anti-war activism. All sorts of unpleasant people have taught her the left's party line which she has then spewed back at very inopportune moments, with the result that she has become toxic to virtually all Democratic politicians. It is one thing to denounce the war, and quite another to make kissy-face with Hugo Chavez.

But. Sheehan's grief at the loss of her son is manifestly genuine, and it is tawdry to suggest otherwise.


By Blogger niall, at Fri Mar 10, 08:43:00 AM:

I agree. In fact I suspect the grief which has so unhinged Cindy is the reason for the lack of a monument. She has obviously never come to grips with the death. Putting the grave marker in would be an acknowledgement of his death and she's just not "together" enough to go through with it.  

By Blogger Sluggo, at Fri Mar 10, 01:04:00 PM:

I agree. There have been a number of times I couldn't pull the trigger on writing about her latest outrage out of pity. I'm sorry for her loss and I sorry for what it's done to her.

As a political creature she needs to be answered and dismissed. Otherwise, leave the poor lunatic alone.  

By Blogger Consul-At-Arms, at Fri Mar 10, 01:25:00 PM:

I'm not totally up-to-speed on this non-crisis about the Casey tombstone, but I seem to recall reading that Ms. Sheehan has issues with the "Operation Iraqi Freedom" standard inscription for Iraq fatalities. For those who don't know, the standards veteran tombstone typically has the name, rank, service, an abbreviation regarding decorations (I think) and the names of the wars in which the veteran fought (i.e., WWII, Korea, Vietnam).

It's all well and good to have nice patriotic sounding operation names, that's just good sense when it comes to PR, but as a name for a war it kinda sucks.

Honestly, I'd rather mine didn't say that either, a simple "Iraq" will do for that portion of the tombstone.  

By Blogger Cassandra, at Fri Mar 10, 05:00:00 PM:

Oh good nightshirt.

What a bunch of ghouls. When are we going to learn that grief is no one's business but the bereaved family's? They can grieve in any way they want to, up to and including denial, if that is how they can get through the day.

I have no brief for the way Ms. Sheehan has exploited her son's death, but in this instance, leave her the hell alone. We don't need to psychoanalyze something as private as how she chooses to memorialize the passing of her son.

That is just sick.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Mar 10, 06:19:00 PM:

I am sorry but lets get this out in the open. Are you sure that Cindy Sheehan became unhinged after her son died in Iraq. Is it really grief that turned her into what she is now.  

By Blogger Dawnfire82, at Fri Mar 10, 08:15:00 PM:

"Sheehan's grief at the loss of her son is manifestly genuine, and it is tawdry to suggest otherwise."

You'd never know it. It's been whored out for political reasons.

*passes on making tawdry analogy to prostitutes*

If my mother did that if I had been killed... enraged wouldn't begin to describe my post-mortem afterlife reaction. Shamed, too.  

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