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Cindy Sheehan May Challenge Calif. Senator

Cindy Sheehan, the peace activist who set up camp near President Bush's Texas ranch last summer, said Saturday she is considering running against Sen. Dianne Feinstein to protest what she called the California lawmaker's support for the war in Iraq.
Jan 29, 1:13 AM EST
Cindy Sheehan May Challenge Calif. Senator

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Cindy Sheehan, the peace activist who set up camp near President Bush's Texas ranch last summer, said Saturday she is considering running against Sen. Dianne Feinstein to protest what she called the California lawmaker's support for the war in Iraq.
"She voted for the war. She continues to vote for the funding. She won't call for an immediate withdrawal of the troops," Sheehan told The Associated Press in an interview while attending the World Social Forum in Venezuela along with thousands of other anti-war and anti-globalization activists.
"I think our senator needs to be held accountable for her support of George Bush and his war policies," said Sheehan, whose 24-year-old soldier son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004.
Feinstein's campaign manager, Kam Kuwata, said the senator "doesn't support George Bush and his war policies."
"She has stated publicly on numerous occasions that she felt she was misled by the administration at the time of the vote," Kuwata said by phone from California.
But with troops committed, Feinstein believes immediate withdrawal is not a responsible option, Kuwata said.
"Senator Feinstein's position is, let's work toward quickly turning over the defense of Iraq to Iraqis so that we can bring the troops home as soon as possible," he said.
Sheehan accused Feinstein of being out of touch with Californians on the issue.
She said she would decide whether to run after talking with her three other adult children. The Democratic primary will be held in June, and candidates must submit their statements for the voter guide by Feb. 14.
Kuwata said Feinstein and Sheehan appear to have a fundamental disagreement over whether troops should be pulled out right now. "That's why they have elections, and if she decides to file (paperwork to run), so be it," he said.
Sheehan said running in the Democratic primary would help make a broader point.
"If I decided to run, I would have no illusions of winning, but it would bring attention to all the peace candidates in the country," she said.
Sheehan, 48, who lives in Berkeley, Calif., said she would head to Washington on Sunday for protests against Bush's State of the Union address on Tuesday, and then return to California to discuss her idea of running against Feinstein with her son and two daughters.
"I can't see - if they think it's going to help peace - that they would be opposed to me doing it," she said.
The Dems lies, too 29.Jan.2006 13:50

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Feinstein, just all of us, knew that there were no WMDs. Scott Ritter has made that clear, as well.

"'She has stated publicly on numerous occasions that she felt she was misled by the administration at the time of the vote," Kuwata said by phone from California."

then and now 29.Jan.2006 14:28

g.d. dem

So Feinstein was or wasn't misled about WMD's -- that was more than 4 years ago. So what is her position on Iraq lately? It's bullshit, that what.

I googled to discover where Feinstein really stands on Iraq today. Got a very relevant report from Military Families Speak Out (MFSO). On December 25, 2005, MFSO friends and families set up for a Christmas dinner on the sidewalk outside Feinstein's residence. Empty chairs at the dining table signified family members who weren't there because they are in Iraq. After the diners/demonstrators left, Feinstein appeared on her porch - just in time for the 11:00 news - to make a statement for a reporter who had been dispatched to her door. Her statement:

"I have a message for them. Be of good heart. My estimate is that we will have 50,000 home."

The senator did not add any details, but said that she was expressing her "gut feeling." Earlier, the MFSO dinner had opened with a prayer -- "God, please let our children be living." Just a short time afterwards, the group was saddened to hear a news report: two more northern California soldiers, loved ones of other families, had been killed in Iraq when bombs hit their humvees. This day, there was no holiday from war.

And what about Feinstein's "50,000"?

From mfso.org story by Judith Ross (MFSO, Bay Area Chapter) --

< The California MFSO members appreciated that Senator Feinstein has directly addressed their concerns. They were hopeful that at least some soldiers can expect to return home soon. However, the members said that they would not accept that only 50,000 troops return. After all, they reasoned, 30,000 troops are "extras," troops sent beginning last October to be present during the Iraq election. Senator Feinstein's figure of 50,000 includes 30,000 election "extras." The California MFSO members reject the proposed numbers , whether they are 20,000, 50,000, or, as Donald Rumsfeld has offered, 7,000.

< The Vietnam War showed that a partial or "phased" pull-back of troops from war leaves remaining troops to be positioned as "sitting ducks," vulnerable to increased casualties. From the start, U.S. soldiers sent to the Iraq war have taken on an unfair burden. Many of them have lacked adequate equipment and sufficient training, and many have been subjected to multiple deployments.

< MFSO members do not want their soldiers exposed to a dangerous "phased" pull-back. Such proposed plans are tailored to serve the interests of our election-year politicians. For this reason, MFSO members in California ended their holiday observances this December 25th with this response to Senator Feinstein's message on troop withdrawal: Bring them home now - all of them.>

 http://www.mfso.org/article.php?id=444

"SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN RESPONDS TO MILITARY FAMILIES EATING CHRISTMAS DINNER IN FRONT OF HER HOUSE" by Judith Ross (MFSO, Bay Area Chapter)

Not all the things ever posted by all the anti-Dems of Indymedia have amounted to as strong a condemnation of the "mainstream" Democratic Party as the simple facts of this Christmas Day story.

Feinstein Sucks 30.Jan.2006 03:28

Litertally

The Iraq war has been good to Feinstein. Her husband, William Blum, has interests in companies that have received hefty contracts from the Pentagon. Look this stuff up yourselves for details. I suppose you could call her a "War Dove." Cindy would be a welcome relief from this poor excuse for a "democrat."