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Sheehan’s Puzzling Comments to Anderson Cooper


On CNN last night:

COOPER: You were also quoted as saying, “My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel. You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you’ll stop the terrorism.” How responsible do you believe Israel is for the amount of terrorism in the world?

SHEEHAN: I didn’t say that.

COOPER: You didn’t say that? OK.

SHEEHAN: I didn’t — I didn’t say — I didn’t say that my son died for Israel. I’ve never said that. I saw somebody wrote that and it wasn’t my words. Those aren’t even words that I would say.

I do believe that the Palestinian issue is a hot issue that needs to be solved and it needs to be more fair and equitable but I never said my son died for Israel.

COOPER: OK, I’m glad I asked you that because, you know, as you know, there’s tons of stuff floating around on the Internet on sites of all political persuasions.

SHEEHAN: I know and that’s not — yes.

COOPER: So, I’m glad we had the opportunity to clear that.

SHEEHAN: Yes, and thank you because those are not my words. Those aren’t — that doesn’t even sound like me saying that.

COOPER: OK. I’m very glad we got that…

SHEEHAN: And I have read it. I have read it. I’m glad you did too.

Meanwhile, this post on an Internet discussion board — apparently a letter Sheehan sent to ABC News — seems to contradict her statements to Cooper:

Am I emotional? Yes, my first born was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel.
The Drudge Report has also made note of Sheehan’s anti-Israel remarks.

So did Sheehan lie to Anderson Cooper, or is the letter to ABC News — widely quoted including by Christopher Hitchens in Slate — a forgery? If I were Anderson Cooper, I would want to know the answer. (Thanks to a Media Blog reader for the tip)


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