Crawford, TX -- President Bush has so far been unwilling to speak to the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq camped outside his Crawford, Texas Ranch. Yesterday, Bush sent two of his aides with satellite imagery of suspected WMD's and a copy of a faxed Nigerian purchase order for yellowcake (uranium hexafluoride) in an attempt to convince Ms. Sheehan her son's loss wasn't "all for nothing."
Ms. Sheehan, who countered with a copy of the British Intelligence report, the 9-11 commision's report, and an internal CIA report, replied, "This proves that every reason George Bush gave us for going to war was wrong."
According to an unnamed source "Completing the Mission" is strategically important to President Bush. Otherwise he might be accused of flip-flopping. Losing 1800 soldiers (not counting contract security forces, whose deaths 'don't count' according to the Pentagon) is bad enough but a premature withdrawal could carry a significant penalty in the President's political capitol," said one analyst. Besides, who can argue with a slogan like "Complete the Mission" or "Support the Troops" without sounding like a liberal pinko unpatriotic communist.
Sheehan, who formed a group called Gold Star Families For Peace spoke for about 45 minutes on Saturday with Steve Hadley, Bush's national security adviser, and Joe Hagin, deputy White House chief of staff, a couple of suits who may not necessarily agree with their boss's position, but aren't willing to give up their jobs over it.
Said one protestor, who lost a son, "Every day when Bush roars past in that F-250, headed for town and a fill-up of $2.50 cent per gallon gasoline, it reminds me what this war is really about. The least that fucker could do is drive a Prius."
Meanwhile, a recent AP/Ipso poll showed that a majority of Americans no longer believe President Bush is honest. "'Fixing' the evidence against Iraq so he'd have an excuse to go after Saddam Hussein, well, it was just wrong."
Said Sheehan, "If he [Bush] doesn't come out and talk to me in Crawford, I'll follow him to D.C.," she said. "I'll camp on his lawn in D.C. until he has the courtesy and the integrity and the compassion to talk to somebody whose life he has ruined."
Whether a single person, a bereaved mother, can bring down the entire Bush dynasty is yet to be seen. But dark clouds appeared to be gathering in the West Texas sky.