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It's not just Cindy asking Chimpy to take responsibility


The parents of Lance Cpl. Edward Schroeder II; Rosemary Palmer leaves her son’s graveside service carrying the flag that covered his casket. (AP)

The Freepers and the Right can keep on bashing Cindy Sheehan, but that won’t stop other parents of fallen soldiers from speaking out against the war.

The day after burying their son, parents of a fallen Marine urged President Bush to either send more reinforcements to Iraq or withdraw U.S. troops altogether.

“We feel you either have to fight this war right or get out,” Rosemary Palmer, mother of Lance Cpl. Edward Schroeder II, said Tuesday. Schroeder, 23, died two weeks ago in a roadside explosion, one of 16 Ohio-based Marines killed recently in Iraq.

The soldier’s father said his son and other Marines were being misused as a stabilizing force in Iraq. “Our comments are not just those of grieving parents,” Paul Schroeder said in front of the couple’s home. “They are based on anger, Mr. President, not grief. Anger is an honest emotion when someone’s family has been violated.”

Palmer accused the president of refusing to make changes in a war gone bad. “Whether he leads them out by putting more troops on the ground or pulling them out — he can’t just let it continue,” she said.

White House spokesman Allen Abney declined comment other than to refer to remarks Bush made last week.

Video: Parents speak out.

Thanks House Blender Paul for the pointer.

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