CRAWFORD, TEXAS (AP)-The protest by Cindy Sheehan against the Iraq war outside of the ranch of President George W. Bush grew much more complicated on Friday as the grieving mother was joined by First Lady Laura Bush and Senator Hillary Clinton who both now oppose the unjust and illegal US war in Iraq.
As the war casualties mount and such protests increase in size amid dwindling public support, President George W. Bush was forced to take a helicopter over the thousands of protestors to travel to and from his ranch. Bush still refuses to meet with Sheehan and now he refuses to meet with his wife and Clinton also.
Sheehan's 24-year old son Casey was killed in an ambush in Baghdad's Shia neighbourhood last year only five days after he arrived in Iraq.
"I begged Casey not to go to Iraq," said Sheehan. "I said, 'I'll take you to Canada,' but he said, 'Mom, I have to go.' I don't believe Bush's phoney excuses for the war." She said she believes the war is really all about oil and making Bush's Republican friends richer.
Now, like Cindy Sheehan, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton, thousands of other anti-war protestors are converging on Crawford. Last week, Bush dispatched disgraced traitor Karl Rove to meet with Sheehan to try to defuse the situation but it just gave her more attention.
Bush is now travelling solely by helicopter when he leaves the ranch in an effort to avoid racing past his wife and other protesters in a limousine. Support for Bush's handling of the conflict has dropped to as little as 3 per cent of people surveyed according to a recent poll conducted for Newsweek magazine.
95 per cent of Americans say the solution is withdrawing all US troops according to a recent Gallup Poll. Only 1 per cent say troop levels should remain the same or be increased.
Sheehan's protest comes at a particularly bad time for US troops in the war as roadside bombs aimed at patrolling soldiers have become exceptionally sophisticated and deadly. According to Associated Press at least 18,741 American troops have died in the war since March 2003 including 337 since the beginning of August.
At a recent news conference, Bush said he strongly disagrees with those calling for troop withdrawal. "Pulling the troops out would send a terrible signal to the oil and currency markets. We are trying to get as much oil out of Iraq as possible and shovel multibillion dollar reconstruction contracts to Republican firms. We are also trying to make sure that they don't sell their oil in Euros or some other non-American currency to keep the dollar from plunging."
Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton are now staying in a tent with Sheehan where they are comforting her and giving her political support. They are also helping out in a soup kitchen for the growing thousands of protestors.
Laura Bush was recently seen shouting in a megaphone at Bush's helicopter flying overhead. She ordered him to "land it now and meet with the protestors or else."
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