Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, whose son died in the war in Iraq back in 2004, got into a shoving and yelling match during an anti-drones demonstration at Nellis Air Force Base.
Since United States President Barack Obama was inaugurated nearly one year ago, military drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan have increased, while the numbers of casualties in the region has also gone up. This week, the President is expected to make his final decision to send an additional 30,000 to 35,000 troops to Afghanistan.
KTNV reports that anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan stood with Code Pink protesters outside of Nellis Air Force Base opposing the President’s decision and military drones, which are unmanned and controlled anywhere around the world.
On Monday, Sheehan was confronted by one military sergeant at Travis Air Force Base and a peaceful protest immediately turned ugly, notes SFIST, “He got very aggressive with us. He pushed and shoved us. That's not right,” said Sheehan. She added, “I was giving a little speech denouncing the drone-bombing program and the upcoming 50 percent troop escalation to Afghanistan, when the angry old man, now dressed in a military uniform, charged around the corner and got right into my bullhorn—I told him to get out of my face and he very violently slaps the bullhorn away from me.”
The man went face-to-face with Sheehan and she yelled “get out of my face” to the man through the megaphone as he put his face in it. Military police quickly intervened and broke up the argument.
The army veteran told reporters that he was upset with the anti-war protest because of its effect on the morale of soldiers, according to Kansas City Fox News. “They ruin the troops. They get to the troops. They did the same thing in Vietnam,” the man said.
WITN reports that no arrests were made but after being told to leave the area, Sheehan received a driving ticket for impeding traffic.
Sheehan has been a major critic of Obama by calling his policies a "facade."Digital Journal reported in August that she went to Martha's Vineyard where the President stayed to protest his continuation of "Bush policies."
Currently, according to CBS News, 43 per cent of Americans disapprove of the President’s handling of the war in Afghanistan.