Amy Goodman interviewed Cindy Sheehan and others regarding the escalating conflict within the Democratic Party over the Iraq War.

From the Tuesday, June 6th, 2006 broadcast of Democracy Now:

Joining us here in our Firehouse studio is Cindy Sheehan.

Cindy has called on Democrats to vote against their pro-war incumbents. Welcome to Democracy Now!


AMY GOODMAN: Tell us about this nationwide movement, where you have Democrats not only taking on President Bush, but taking on their own party.

CINDY SHEEHAN: Well, I think it's imperative. We have basically right now in Congress a one-party system. We have very few Democrats who are speaking to our core values as progressive liberal Democrats. And they are rubber-stamping and bobble-heading everything that this administration wants to do. And it's so urgent right now that we have an opposition party. And I believe if Democrats courageously spoke out to their core values saying, “This war is wrong; if we voted for it, we shouldn't have,” and to call for an end to the occupation of Iraq, I believe that we could have a government that is run with integrity, and the Democrats could have a landslide victory in November, if they would act different from the Republicans. And I’m supporting these candidates who are saying that this war is wrong, we need to bring our troops home, and we are not going to support the Republicans who are corrupt and who are leading our country down this path of destruction.

AMY GOODMAN: You're here in New York. You have personally spoken to Hillary Rodham Clinton. What did that conversation consist of?

CINDY SHEEHAN: Well, I was talking about the personal cost of war, about how her policies and her support of George Bush and this war, even though she says it's a mistake, you know, the war is being fought incompetently. There's no such thing as a competent war. And I told her about the pain of being a mother who lost a son. We talked about other mothers who have their children in harm's way, who are worried beyond anything they can imagine. And at the end, she said, “Well, we have to complete the mission to honor the sacrifice of your son.” And I think and have been calling for an end to the killing, that the killing has to stop sometime. How much killing is enough killing for these people? And there is no mission. She can't define the mission. George Bush can't define the mission. And to just keep them there because they're there is not a good mission.

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