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Sheehan Calls Terrorists ‘Freedom Fighters’

Here’s a video clip from Cindy Sheehan’s sponsors, the ultra-left Veterans for Peace. (The VFP’s Impeachment Tour Bus that brought Cindy to down to Bush’s ranch can be seen in the background.)

Cindy is being interviewed by CBS News’ Mark Knoller, upon her arrival in Crawford on August 6, 2005:

Mark Knoller: You know that the President says Iraq is the central front in the war on terrorism, don’t you believe that?

Cindy Sheehan: No, because it’s not true. Iraq was no threat to the United States of America until we invaded. Iraq was not involved in 9/11. Iraq was not a terrorist state.

But now that we have decimated the country, the borders are open. Freedom Fighters from other countries are going in. And they have created more terrorism by going into an Islamic country, devastating the country and killing innocent people in that country.

Terrorism is growing. And people who never thought of being car bombers, suicide bombers are now doing it because they want the United States of America out of their country.

Logic check: They are freedom fighters from other countries who have come to Iraq because they want the US out of their country?

And excuse me, but wasn’t Saddam Hussein a major sponsor of terrorists? Didn’t he give large rewards to families of suicide bombers?

Perhaps Mother Sheehan is misinformed.

Maybe you are wondering how CBS eventually reported this exchange? Here is a transcript from the April 6 broadcast of the CBS Evening News, courtesy of the Media Research Center:

Anchor Thalia Assuras: “While President Bush has heralded the sacrifice of the fallen, his words were met with anger today and questions about the politics of syntax. Here’s Mark Knoller.”
Clip of protesters: “W. killed her son. W. killed her son.”
Knoller: “Led by the mother of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, some 50 protesters today tried to take their pain and anger to the President at his ranch.”
Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Families or Peace, outside Bush’s ranch: “He took something away from me that’s irreplaceable. He’s going on a five-week vacation when we’re in the middle of war, and I’m never going to be able to enjoy another vacation because he killed my oldest son.”
Knoller moved on: “The passion of their message reflects the polarizing effects of war and may be why some in the administration tried over the last several weeks to call the conflict something else.”
General Richard Myers, Joint Chiefs Chairman: “I think I’ve objected to the use of the term ‘war on terrorism’ before because, one, if you call it a war, then you think of people in uniform as being the solution.”
Donald Rumsfeld: “As our country wages the global struggle against the enemies of freedom.”
Knoller: “But when the effort to re-brand the war only fueled late-night comics, the President on Wednesday made sure everyone everywhere knew what he was calling it.”
George W. Bush: “Make no mistake about it, we are at war.”
Knoller: “And not just once but more than a dozen times in a 47-minute speech.”
Bush Clip #1: “We’re at war. We’re facing an enemy that-”
Bush Clip #2: “To win this war on terror-”
Bush Clip #3: “This war is against killers who hide.”
Knoller: “Professor James Thurber of American University thinks the name game by the administration shows a struggle to sell a war that’s becoming more unpopular.”
James Thurber, constitutional scholar: “I think the President at this point wants to get stronger support from the American public. I think he thinks if he says that we’re at war that he’ll get more support.”
Knoller: “Both the protesters and the President agree that war is the right word, but under the Constitution, only Congress can declare war, and no Congress has asserted that authority since Pearl Harbor. Mark Knoller, CBS News, with the President in Crawford, Texas.”

Amazingly, Mark Knoller left out any mention of Cindy Sheehan calling terrorists "freedom fighters."

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005. Comments are currently closed.

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