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Cindy Sheehan: Losing focus and playing the blame game


George Bush needs to stop talking, admit the mistakes of his all around failed administration, pull our troops out of occupied New Orleans and Iraq, and excuse his self from power. The only way America will become more secure is if we have a new administration that cares about Americans even if they don't fall into the top two percent of the wealthiest. [emphasis added]

Let's recall the scenes before New Orleans was "occupied":

And since the "occupation":

Looks to me that before the "occupation of New Orleans", some of the local law enforcement were looking to get a leg up to join the "top two percent of the weathiest", at least inasmuch as ownership of shoes and DVD players was concerned. And the "occupation forces" seem oddly concerned with people who seem to be a far cry from being members of that two percent club.

Makes me wonder whether if, gee, the US military might also be helping people in Iraq! Could it be? Hmmmm....

Maybe Cindy Sheehan should listen to the people who were in New Orleans and their opinion about the President and the military effort, asked after the President's address:

All of those interviewed at the Astrodome were black. They were all evacuees from New Orleans. When the first person was asked if she believed the President she said “yes.” She said that what the President said lifted her up and gave her hope. When the reporter questioned her about the slow response of the federal government, she said they did a good job once they got there and that she blamed the local and state officials, who had not done their jobs. She said they were the ones there when the storm hit and they did not do what they needed to do. Then she got on a rant about the buses that were not used. She later said she blamed Mayor Nagin personally.

The others interviewed also spoke very favorably about the President. I don’t remember the specifics, but I was flabbergasted that the responses were so positive. My best guess as to the reason these people responded as they did is that they have not been able to watch the cable news coverage.

Also on ABC, Aaron Broussard said that the President said what the people in the region needed to hear – hope. He said they did not need a blame game, they needed hope. Boy, if only the media understood that.

State Sen. Cleo Fields was interviewed and did not bash the President. He actually spoke pretty kindly of him. He faulted the government on all levels. I think that all the money the Louisiana politicians see coming their way is making them think much more favorably of the President.

They did not need a blame game. Of course, the blame game is the only game Cindy Sheehan plays, and that has been the only game she's been playing for a very long time. Her family no longer plays that game, and they've abandoned her. Many politicians are not interested in playing, and are refusing to meet with her. And many, many Americans don't look for blame, but for solutions, and have long since turned their collective back on her.

Cindy Sheehan has long since lost focus on any legitimate issues arising from the occupation of Iraq, and now only cries out for the allocation of blame. She and her coterie professional protesters will continue to do so, long after everyone stops listening. Even me. And when that realization sinks in, and she finds she has no home to return to, she'll be looking for someone to blame for that too.

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