Thursday, August 11, 2005

In the Name of Love*

"President Bush said Thursday he understands and respects the views of anti-war advocates like a California mother camped outside his Texas ranch to mourn her soldier son fallen in Iraq, but said it would be a mistake to bring U.S. troops home now. "I understand the anguish that some feel about the death that takes place," Bush said.

Cindy Sheehan has been camped along a road near Bush's ranch since Saturday, asking to talk to Bush about her son Casey and vowing to remain until his Texas vacation ends later this month. Casey was killed five days after he arrived in Iraq last year. He was 24.

By Thursday, about 50 people had joined Sheehan's cause, pitching tents in muddy, shallow ditches and hanging anti-war banners; two dozen others have sent flowers. Her name was among the most popular search topics Wednesday on Internet blogs.

Bush spoke to reporters on a day when he played host to his administration's top national security, foreign policy and defense advisers at a time of increasing violence in Iraq and new nuclear worries involving Iran and North Korea."

Deb Riechmann "Bush: Leaving Iraq Would Be a Bad Signal" AP via August 11, 2005

Siauliai (Hill of Crosses), Lithuania

* U-2 Song first played live: 1984-08-29: Town Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand
Song last played live: 2005-08-09: Estadio Anoeta, San Sebastian, Spain
This song has been played at least 669 times live (either as full song or snippet).


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