Mother of dead soldier protests
CRAWFORD, TEXAS -- The angry mother of a fallen U.S. soldier staged a protest near President Bush's ranch Saturday, demanding an accounting from the president of how he has conducted the war in Iraq.
Sheehan's bus pulled up at a house run by peace activists a few hundred feet from the town's only stoplight. There, she met up with other demonstrators and then led a caravan of about 20 vehicles down a winding road toward Bush's ranch.
The group stopped along the way, and sheriff's deputies in McLennan County advised them that if they wanted to go farther toward the ranch, they would have to walk in a ditch along the road.
The marchers walked about half a mile, until they were again stopped by deputies, who said that the demonstrators had violated instructions by walking on the road itself instead of staying in the adjacent ditch.
Sheehan protested, saying she had not walked on the road. The deputies refused to let her go farther.
He could have had the deputies invite her up to the ranch alone and spoken with her privately. But that would have required him to hear criticism and, since he's never made a mistake, criticism is unwarranted. Besides, he only has five weeks of vacation. Don't want to waste precious brush clearing time on something like this, right?
So instead the deputies use Cool Hand Luke style tactics of pointless tasks and humiliation. "walk in that ditch" "you didn't walk in the ditch right, go home" Maybe they should have had her dig a hole and then fill it back in.