Saturday, September 24

Pictures of Protest

Today Cindy Sheehan's bring the troops home rally hits Washington DC, but will the mainstream press give it the coverage it's due in the midst of Hurricane Rita?
The San Jose Mercuty News had this to say:
It's becoming clear to everyone that not only was this war based on a false pretext, it is not winnable," said Brian Becker, national coordinator for the ANSWER Coalition, one of two umbrella groups organizing the rally. "The anti-war sentiment is now the majority."

In August, "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan attracted significant attention with her vigil outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. Insurgents have killed huge numbers of Iraqi citizens in recent months and the death toll of American troops is approaching the 2,000 mark. With no immediate end to the war in sight, high gasoline prices and the government's much-criticized response to Hurricane Katrina, Bush's overall approval ratings have fallen.

A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released this week said 63 percent of Americans support the immediate withdrawal of "some or all" of the U.S. troops in Iraq.

Saturday's "Bring the Troops Home Now" rally is the anti-war groups' first opportunity to demonstrate that this general dissatisfaction can produce a tangible statement and that significant numbers of protesters are willing to travel to Washington to show their frustration.

Despite the Rhetoric of the RIght, continued support for this War of Oppurtunity and this Presidency continues to erode - perhaps a full and competent response to RIta will help repair some of the damage to the President's public image - and perhaps it will simply continue to fuel the arguements that his lack of response to Katrina was related to the economic status, voting patterns and race of those left stranded without supplies in the storms wake.

Time will tell - but it appears that Bush's time is running out.


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