As you know the Democrat controlled Senate is doing their all-nighter to debate the war in Iraq. I listened to some of it on C-SPAN. Senator Harkin read several letters from Ohio constituents - all wanting the troops to come home now.
Harkin accused President Bush of cherry-picking elements of reports on the progress in Iraq, saying Bush would do it again after the General gives his report in Sept. But who's calling the kettle black? The letters Harkin read from voters in his state were all against the war. Surely there are some in his state who agree with the other 51% of Americans who believe the surge should go through Sept. And surely he's heard from some of them!
I talked today about CODEPINK's current targets: the Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, et al.
(Medea Benjamin, founder of CODEPINK)
Medea Benjamin, the San Francisco activist and Green Party leader who co-founded the group, CODEPINK, is leading the group in shifting its attention to Congress after a four-month daily vigil outside the White House...saying, "We put all our pressure on the Bush administration to begin with. Obviously, that didn't make a difference. So we thought, 'Let's move who we can move, let's change the Congress,' and so we went out and worked like hell to get Democrats elected. Now we are putting pressure on the Democrats who control Congress. It seems like a logical strategy to me."
We've done shows on CODEPINK - who they are, their agenda, etc., so I didn't get in to their ideology and history today, but rather their activities and effectiveness.
But remember? They infiltrated the Democrat and Republican national conventions in 2004. Bush's acceptance speech was interrupted twice by the group, including CODEPINK co-founder Jodie Evans, who removed her dress to reveal a pink slip with the words: "Fire Bush! Women Say Bring Home the Troops Now."
(Jodie Evans, co-founder CODEPINK)
As the SF Chronicle reported recently: CodePink has intensified its anti-war efforts by renting a house on Capitol Hill, which serves as a command center and a crash pad for activists. Decorated with pink curtains, pink streamers and even a pink mailbox, it looks like what would happen if Barbie opened a boarding house for peaceniks. The basement is the "peace room" -- not the war room -- where members plan strategy and decorate pink banners with slogans such as "War Causes Global Warming." hmmmmm
At the front door is a whiteboard marking the day's events of Senate or House Committee hearings, so activists can choose what to protest. They watch C-SPAN from the house and text their fellow activists inside hearing rooms to get them perfectly placed within the frame of the TV cameras for maximum publicity. That explains why, when ex-CIA agent Valerie Wilson testified before Congress, viewers couldn't avoid seeing a woman behind her in a bright pink shirt reading, "Impeach Bush."
Well, all I can say is that while the Senate is 'sacrificing' staying up all night to debate the war in front of the whole world, including our enemies, and CODEPINK puts the pressure on Democrats to get our, now...our troops are heroically make the rest of us proud.
Today's live show is not archive online, but you can hear my recent interviews with Captain Timothy Tate who wrote a book, "Emails from Baghdad" and tells it what it's really like on the streets there, and the view of the troops, who are not happy with our anti-war antics here at home.
Hear shows with Captain Tate
Code Pink Fakes Photo Proof:
CODE PINK 's invasion on school campuses
Mentality and agenda of CODE PINK
Activist Moms on Mother's Day
CODEPINK's National "Not Your Soldier"
Chairman of Democrat Party in concert with CODE PINK