On July 28, Khizr Khan stood with his wife on the stage of the Democratic National Convention and talked of the loss of a child while rebuking Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump for his views on immigrants. His son, Humayun, was a Muslim Army captain who died in combat in June He gave his life protecting fellow soldiers in Iraq, and for his valorous actions, he was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He called it unconstitutional. Something similar, however, has happened before to former President George W. Only, his response could not have been more different.
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Cindy Sheehan, who gained fame opposing George W. Bush's war in Iraq, would like to remind you that it's still going on - and that Barack Obama's being in charge doesn't make it OK. Sheehan became one of the nation's best-known anti-war protesters when she camped outside Bush's Texas ranch for a month in demanding a meeting with him after her son Casey, a soldier, was killed in Iraq. She is to appear Wednesday evening at the Naro Expanded Cinema in Norfolk for a speech and book-signing. In a telephone interview from her home in San Francisco, Sheehan said too many one-time opponents of the war are giving Obama a pass. And yet people are still dying there. By "robber class," Sheehan said, she means "most politicians, the bankers, Wall Street, the military-industrial complex, the corporate media, Madison Avenue - all these people conspire to strengthen themselves and enrich themselves at the expense of the robbed class. The only reason they feel they can exploit our labor, and even steal our children for their robber-class wars for profit, is because we let them.
The sun is rising over a house in the Berkeley Hills, and in its modest studio apartment, America's most compelling anti-war activist is making her bed, apologizing for the clutter and running late. Cindy Sheehan was up much of the previous night while emergency room doctors treated her daughter for a painful cyst, but sleeping in is out of the question. Soon a car will whisk her off to a Canadian TV interview, to be followed by a local TV interview, and finally, fixing spaghetti for her three adult children in Vacaville -- her home before the death of her soldier son Casey and the political trajectory of her anguish propelled her to divorce, to estrangement from friends, and to a frenetic campaign to end U. She pauses and sighs, sinking into the window seat and pulling a quilt up to her chin.
C indy Sheehan says President Trump's allegedly insensitive remarks to the widow of a soldier killed in Niger aren't surprising to her, and that former President George W. Bush had a similarly difficult time with her family after her son Casey's death in Iraq. Bush's treatment of grieving military family members, including Sheehan, who camped outside his Texas ranch to protest the Iraq War, is upheld frequently as an example for Trump to follow. But Sheehan said Bush's attempt to comfort her family and others was rife with awkwardness and upsetting moments, and said she's "not shocked" to read that Trump allegedly said of Army Sgt. La David Johnson to his widow that "he knew what he signed up for. Related: Sarah Sanders: No recording of Trump's call with soldier's widow, but others were in the room. A couple months after her son's death, Sheehan said she and her family were surprised to receive an invitation to meet Bush in June in Washington state.