NIEs: Waste of Time? by Cindy Sheehan

The Real Cindy Sheehan
by Cindy Sheehan
Dandelion Salad
featured writer
Dec. 09, 2007

BushCo and the Fox “News” generation have a long history of ignoring National Intelligence Estimates (NIE). I would say they ignore the NIEs at their own peril, but BushCo has suffered nothing for its denial of truth and exploitation of fear. As a matter of fact, BushCo’s quest to be the global hegemony has proceeded without any kind of check. Fox “News” seems to be thriving and the leader of that Empire, Rupert Murdoch, is able to usurp more media outlets in his quest for unchallenged propaganda power as the ad hoc Minister of Dis-Information.

Literally millions of people have suffered horribly for BushCo’s crimes, and that’s just in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here in our own country (Love it or Leave it), bulldozers are demolishing low income housing in the Gulf States that were harmed due to the very callous incompetence of the Federal Government and to for immoral profit privatization of everything, even education. There has always been a war on poor people in this country, but Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath only highlighted how deeply racist our Nation and its policies really still are. The Every Child Left Behind Act has been designed to transform our children into a generation of cannon fodder and is just another example of how everything George touches turns to rancid garbage. Our country hovers near the bottom of the global education barrel and is another example of how we are allowing BushCo to make an international laughingstock out of we here in the U.S.

On August 6, 2001, exactly 36 days before 9-11, George was handed a Presidential Daily Briefing that was actually titled: “Bin Laden determined to strike in the US.” George was on yet another vacation in Crawford at the time and according to Ron Susskind, he told the agent who handed him the briefing “Okay, you covered your ass, now.” The August 6 date is stuck in my mind forever, because exactly four years later, I marched for the first time down Prairie Chapel Road demanding to meet with George and ask him the question: “What Noble Cause?” That question is still unanswered and month upon month only brings more ignobility with no end in sight.

We all now know that BushCo ignored warnings from the Clinton Administration about the danger that al-Qaeda posed and we also know that they ignored intelligence that Bin Laden was determined to strike. But after we were attacked on 9-11, we also know that Dick Cheney and Scooter Libby, in particular, visited the CIA on numerous times to cherry pick the intelligence that let to the misguided and disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq. Bin Laden is still at large and two countries have been destroyed for nothing.

Now we have the NIE that says that Iran has no nuclear weapon program and has not had one since 2003. Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh claims that BushCo has known at the highest levels about this intelligence for over a year, but they have all been beating their evil drums of war against Iran, nevertheless.

Was anyone really surprised when George ignored the latest NIE and in fact has spun it for the nefarious neo-con agenda? The NIE did what it was designed to do; it estimated that even if Iran were to resume their uranium enrichment program today, they would have one bomb by 2010 or 2015. This is plenty of time to enforce the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and follow its path of inspections and verifications to ensure that countries use their nuclear technology for only peaceful energy purposes. Even though I am personally opposed to nuclear energy, if Iran or any other sovereign country, wants the technology, then stringent guidelines should be followed. We can also use this time to disarm all already existing nuclear weapons: from Israel to Pakistan, from India to the U.S. and everywhere in between: such destructive devices should not be in the hands of any country! It especially frightens me that someone as fundamentally irresponsible and dangerous as George Bush has his finger on the button of our enormous arsenal. If we should be worried about anyone being the harbinger of Armageddon, it is he.

In no way can we afford another front in George’s Global War of Terror. With our federal deficit at record highs, we can’t afford it monetarily. With our armed forces past the breaking point, we can’t afford it militarily. With many internal social systems and infrastructure systems crumbling, we can’t afford it as a suffering nation. With babies and other innocents being killed in our names already, we can’t afford it in our souls. An invasion of Iran would not be a “cakewalk” even more profoundly than the invasion of Iraq was not. We would lose more of our flesh and blood for the lies of BushCo and to profit the pigs of war.

It can be very frustrating and infuriating to most people that the crimes of BushCo go unpunished and unchecked by Congress, Inc., but it is very personal to me.

On the day my son, Casey, was killed in Iraq, I fell on the floor screaming in anguish. That scenario has been repeated thousands of times here in the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of times in Iraq and Afghanistan. So tragic and so unnecessary, but so unnoticed by many Americans.

There are millions of people who are still alive who need our support. To restore the rule of law and order and sanity to this world, George and Dick must be impeached and removed from office.

How much more evidence does Congress, Inc. need? Perhaps each and every member needs to be smacked up one side of the head with a copy of the Constitution and to follow up, a smack on the other side with a copy of the Geneva Conventions?

Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc. Casey Sheehan who was killed in Bush’s war of terror on 04/04/04. She is the co-founder and president of Gold Star Families for Peace and The Camp Casey Peace Institute. For more info on her Congressional campaign, go to


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10 thoughts on “NIEs: Waste of Time? by Cindy Sheehan

  1. dandelionsalad,

    Yeah, sorry for the last bit. Laura’s rant set me off. I should know better and have better discipline than to respond to perceived attacks in kind.

  2. Hi Jonolan, thanks for sharing your personal experience and family background with us. You were doing alright until the end; there is no reason to resort to name calling, especially over something like differences of opinion in politics.

  3. Laura,

    Firstly, my family – including myself – have been in the US military for 5 generations. We’ve spilled our most of America’s wars – declared and otherwise. Neither myself not my kin would appreciate being used for political agenda after our deaths. We all did what we felt we had to.

    I don’t disagree with Sheehan’s agenda; she has a valid point about our fighting in Iraq. I disagree with her using her son’s death the way she does. It’s a matter of methods, not of goals.

    As for Viet Nam, my Father’s remains are scattered across it and my Mother (a USMC Major) may have questioned our motives, but she never used her husband’s death as a political springboard.

    Maybe you understand my position little better now. I doubt it though 😦 Agendists can rarely see beyond the blinders imposed by their platform.

  4. Hey Jonolan,
    I don’t know if you have noticed, but Cindy Sheehan’s son is DEAD. How would her son feel about her actions? Again, let me remind you, he is dead! Do you need to be reminded of this? He has no voice! Because he was murdered in Iraq by a country that has done nothing to America. My Dad spent 5 years “defending” this country from the “evil communists” in Vietnam, (68-72) he fought for this country for a lie. I imagine if Casey had lived to be 58 years old like my Father..he would probably recognize, like my Dad has, that all wars are fought for resources, OIL etc….and the Iraq War is a lie. But who cares right? We are here and they are way the fuck out there, right? Who gives a damn about the brown people being slaughtered in Iraq? Obviously not too many Americans do…and the worse of it all…religious types condone the murders of innocent civilians. People like you slam Cindy into the ground because she dares to speak the truth and the truth many Americans can not bear. 3-5 million people were killed in Vietnam but that doesn’t bother you does it? It bothers the hell out of me! I am sick and tired of Americans complaining about Cindy and writing she is disgracing her son’s service. She is doing us all a great service by holding our government accountable while the rest of us stay asleep and oblivious to the fact that this war is doing us all a great disservice. So many Americans are scared shitless because they are afraid of some brown man in a cave & some “dirty evil radical muslims”. Every man in my family fought for this country and what a great disservice to their service for you all to be silent and complacent in this fraudulent war on terror. Shame on you, shame on America, and shame on the administration!

    Cindy is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and I love her with all my heart. I love her 2 daughters and her son too…they are amazing kids…if you would have the chance to meet her kids you would realize how badass Casey was. If more young Americans would realize that this administration took advantage of our patriotism and devotion to this country and used it to attack an innocent country…… should all be pissed.

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  5. Harsh? I guess so, but I left friends closer than brothers on the field and I don’t think they’d approve of using there deaths to springboard a political agenda – especially one that belittled their choices in life.

  6. one) The NIE said the Iranian program had been suspended, not that there was no program. Reasonable estimates say that Iran couldn’t build a nuclear device before 2012. Is a 4 year respite enough? That’s an honest question, not a diatribe or sarcasm.

    two) Her son, who chose to serve his country, died – and Sheehan dishonors his sacrifice by constantly using using it against our government. She needs to contemplate her actions and ask herself how her son would feel about them.

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