City of Roses
| Hardball: July 5, 2006
O'Donnell: "So why go stand by side by Hugo Chavez in Venezuela? Why do that? I mean, it sounds like that...would you rather live under Hugo Chavez than George Bush?"
Sheehan: "Um, yes. You know, Hugo Chavez is not a dictator like you...like you introduced him. He's been democratically elected eight times, and he is not anti-Am..."
O'Donnell: "So you see him as democratically elected?"
Sheehan: "Yeah, hold on a second.....uh, uh.....he...is not anti-American, he has helped the poor people of America. He has sent aid to New Orleans, he has sold...heating oil to disadvantaged people in America, the United States of America at low cost, and he, the people of his country love him, and for us to say that we.....have some kind of...influence over Venezuelan policy is wrong. The people of Venezuela have elected him overwhelmingly eight times and it's his country, and it's their country, and they should have the leader that they deserve."
O'Donnell later questioned in the segment, "Americans may hate the war but they don't necessarily hate the president. How do you expect to get change by going around the world and trashing the President of the United States?" Sheehan responded, "I don't hate the president either, and I don't trash the president. I trash the president's foreign policy."
O'Donnell then responded, "But you called him the biggest terrorist in the world, so you are trashing the president." Sheehan's reply, "Well he says a terrorist is somebody that kills innocent men, women and children."
Regardless of your opinions about Chavez, (I have my reservations about Chavez, especially in how he fills his cabinets with political puppets, but do agree he was democratically elected, just not eight times but twice, LOL, and also condemn Pat Robertson's previous call to assassinate him) I find what Sheehan said today to be incredibly disrespectful and selfish.
Last summer I sympathized very much with her anti-war protest, where she merely was keeping to the point and demanding questions being answered to why her son died for a lie, for an invasion that was diversionary to the real men responsible for 9/11; bin laden and al-Qaeda. I supported her then in that I believed she was just a grieving military mother looking for answers, and defended her when I believed personal attacks accusing her of exploiting her son's death was uncalled for.
However, especially since ten months ago during the deadly Hurricane Katrina aftermath when she accused National Guard troops coming into the city to help out rescue operations of victims and families of "occupying New Orleans", I have lost all respect for this woman, and now see her as a blatantly selfish individual who keeps going further off the deep end each month, and this latest remark is especially unnerving.
If she wants to move to Venezuela, that's fine with me, I won't miss her, I'm sure most Americans would like to purchase a one-way plane ticket for her to Caracas.
I have protested this Iraq war since the beginning and will continue to, but regardless of my disapproval of this president and his policy, it doesn't at all affect that I'm most proud to be an American and live here in a nation which is more than generous and pours philanthropic billions to the rest of the world, which contrary to what Sheehan may think, Bush and both parties together have contributed hundreds of millions to New Orleans and many other things.
And what has Sheehan done recently much of the time? She even had the gall to whine when Hurricane Rita happened about the media moving away from her to focus on the tragedy (which, by the way, killed 120 people and is considered the fourth strongest hurricane in history) shouting, "I am watching CNN and it is 100 percent Rita...even though it is a little wind and a little rain...it is bad, but there are other things going on in this country today...and in the world!"
Her fifteen minutes of fame have been extended way too long.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"