Dueling Protests: 'You Don't Speak for Me, Cindy'

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:22 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Anti-war protesters aren't the only ones heading to Crawford, Tex. A group that supports U.S. troops and the war on terrorism has launched a "You Don't Speak for Me, Cindy" tour.

Move America Forward, a conservative advocacy group, said it will lead a caravan of military family members who oppose Sheehan's "anti-military antics."

The caravan will depart early next week from different locations around the country, converging on Crawford in time for an Aug. 27 rally in support of U.S. troops and their mission in Iraq.

"The overwhelming majority of military families support their loved ones and the missions they are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Move America Forward Co-Chair Melanie Morgan, who also hosts a radio program on KSFO.

"These military families do not share Cindy Sheehan's view of the war on terrorism, and the true story needs to be told," Morgan added. "We invite Americans to join us en masse in Crawford, Texas, on August 27 so we can send a message to terrorists around the world that American resolve is stronger than ever."

Deborah Johns of Marine Moms will lead the delegation from San Francisco, where Move America Forward is based. Her son William served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"Cindy Sheehan doesn't speak for me, nor does she speak for any of the military families that I have been involved with," Johns said.

"I am deeply sorry for Ms. Sheehan's loss; however, Ms. Sheehan's actions are only causing pain to those of us who have loved ones serving in the war against terrorism. We understand the need to fight the terrorists overseas rather than face attack here at home."

Johns said terrorists led by al Qaeda -- not President Bush -- are responsible for the deaths of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Move America Forward said it will run TV ads publicizing the Crawford-bound caravan, which will make stops along the way for rallies and press conferences.

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