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Code Pink – A Part of President Obama’s Anti-War Base

October 8, 2009


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Should we withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, whatever the consequences?  That was the question that Bill O’Reilly posed last night to Medea Benjamin, the pro-Castro co-founder of the radical left-wing organization Code Pink.

O’Reilly treated Benjamin as though she were a naive schoolgirl, mocking her for thinking that her opinion regarding General McChrystal’s request for 40,000 more troops in Afghanistan carried any weight. His point was that no matter how sincere or well-intentioned Code Pink may be in believing that we should pull our troops out of Afghanistan, Ms. Benjamin was both uninformed and oblivious to the consequences — especially to women — of a possible return to power by the Taliban. O’Reilly’s tone was one of a patient teacher trying to get his stubborn pupil to understand where she went wrong.

Mockery and  condescension are one way to diminish an opponent in a debate about serious issues. But in my opinion, Code Pink deserves more than the light touch that O’Reilly dispensed. It is a dangerous organization with extensive left-wing ties that form part of President Obama’s left-wing anti-war base, which helped him get elected. His decision on Afghanistan will no doubt be influenced to some extent by this base. 

I would like to have heard Ms. Benamin answer some questions like the following:

“George Bush — and John Kerry for that matter — could learn a thing or two from Hugo Chavez about winning the hearts and minds of the people.”

  •    Do you agree with your Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans‘s opinion of Chavez:

“He was a doll. Generous, open, passionate, excited, stimulated by the requests and happy to be planning with us.”

  • Do you care whether women in Afghanistan will live under the same oppressed conditions that they did prior to 9/11 when the Taliban were in power, and when there were no foreign troops there to blame for their plight as you do today?
  • Will your organization hold up signs outside of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where many U.S. soldiers wounded in combat are treated, as Code Pink did during the Bush administration saying that American soldiers were being sent overseas to “die for a lie”?
  • Do you still think that the U.S. war on terror, rather than the terrorists themselves, poses “grave dangers to the people of the world””
  • Do you still believe that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has vowed Israel’s destruction and cracked down on the peaceful protesters in his own country upset by his fraudulent reelection as president, is worth visiting again — as you visited him back in 2008?

I could go on and on, but the point is that Code Pink is more dangerous now than it was during the Bush administration because Obama has to listen to his anti-war base if he wants to be re-elected.  Therefore, Code Pink and its sister organizations need to be confronted at every turn, not treated with kid gloves.

  1. October 8, 2009 8:46 am

    Wow. This was a great post, Joe. Well done.

  2. In the know permalink
    October 8, 2009 9:10 am

    I second that! I have asked the same questions of NOW members. They tend to shake, foam at the mouth and then scream “that’s different!”. It’s usually followed by a diatribe about Bush, blood for oil, blah, blah, blah.

  3. Paul Cooper permalink
    October 8, 2009 12:49 pm

    This article reminds me how sad our cable news outlets can be. They so rarely ask hard questions like you put forth. With O’Reilly he has 3 types of interviews: it’s someone he agrees with and its a love fest but he finds slight differences to point out so he looks like he thinks for himself (Dennis Miller or Rove), or he gets someone he disagrees with on the left who many respect – so he is light on them with disagreements and tries hard to find places to agree (Axelrod or event Marc Lamont Hill), or he puts on the loony left that almost no one respects and just yells them down, so he looks tough. He could do better, and this article points out how.

  4. Julie Trevor permalink
    October 8, 2009 3:42 pm

    Joseph, good piece…

    I saw her on OReilly last night and I thought she was very narrow in her thought but it doesn’t matter now anyway.

    I just heard on the news Obama has abandoned his “plan for success in afghanistan” and is listening to her/code pink rather than his General; there will be no focus on the Taliban, only on al quaeda in afghanistan!

    Did I hear that correctly?

  5. ElanaSe permalink
    October 8, 2009 6:30 pm

    I loved much more when Laura Ingraham covered for O’Reilly and being tough and sharp she wouldn’t let her lefty guest spin a single question (I remember when she interviewed a feminist regarding Michelle Malkin “hate f&*^” list, which tried to prove that MM saw it coming). She’d rather cut the mike on the other side than would let her guest spin the question. O’Reilly either yells over his guests, either preaches them or lets them spin with the slight resistance.
    And I disagree that Obama somehow sees the CP as an adviser. He has enough like them around him (Biden with his “Taliban isn’t an enemy anymore”, Clinton with unclenched fist etc) – he doesn’t need to associate himself with visible kooks like Medeja Benjamin. CP is just the echo of what happens today in the WH.

  6. October 9, 2009 2:25 am

    Names mean a lot to the left.
    Pink after all is really Red – just watered down

  7. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 9, 2009 5:13 am

    She looked really bad. I think she needs an intervention and give up the crack.

  8. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 9, 2009 12:31 pm

    I hate to say this but when O’Really has people like Medea Benjamin on it is a waste of good air er, time.

  9. Judy permalink
    October 9, 2009 2:11 pm

    An interesting note regarding Medea Benjamen is that reality is not always what you desire. In Afganistan, instead of finding the voices demanding America’s removal from the country, she found women, men and children begging her to help America stay. She went with the intent of embarrassing America, and bringing back stories of American atrocities, evil and destruction to the country. Instead she was confronted with the reality of what war is really like (as much as you can know from the rear lines), and that America has been a force of good to a people that have been destroyed from years of violence, deprivation and death. The meetings that were held with women must have been a real eye opener to her. However, I have not seen her on the “mainstream ” media speaking about what she found. No, this would open the door to an understanding what America is trying to do in Afganistan. I do not agree with everything on Afganistan, but, I do not understand her reluctance to openly speak the truth. Oh, I misspoke. The truth rarely meets the needs of the Progressives and will certainly not meet the needs of those that seek to embarass America and demean those that support the Constitution and traditions of our history and beliefs of our forefathers.

  10. Judy permalink
    October 9, 2009 5:12 pm

    Joseph noted in the article that he is unsure as to why CP is considered an advisor to the Obama administration as part of the anti-war base. I am not sure that Obama really cares. CP is a useful tool that can be used and discarded at will. I have concluded that Obama is brilliant in his use of anything and everyone to obtain power and control, and reach his eventual goals of a communist government that meets his ideals of the level playing field, wealth distribution and a giant all powerful government in total contol over the population. Sociopaths and megalomaniacs use every tool at their disposal. CP is nothing more than a tool that was used to elect him, and when they are no longer needed in a support position they will become FOO’s. Ms. Benjamin’s limited and simplistic view of the world and the evil in it is alarming.

  11. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 10, 2009 2:50 am

    Code Stink is simply not that great of a threat. They are all about noise the real problem is ACORN and the unions. Code Stink could not even shut down a small officer recruiting station in Berkely.

  12. Joseh De Dios permalink
    October 11, 2009 1:46 am

    These American leftist are what the criminal “Che” Guevara,( AKA as the “Pig” between his friends because he didn’t like to take a shower) called “The useful fools”.
    I remember listening to Guevara,(at that time he was alive, not in t shirts) saying that ” western revolutionaries were making a revolution drinking coffee in a coffee shop, they are useful capitalist fools, that will be eliminated by the strong arm of the proletariat after the revolutions take over”. But these “fools” really think that they are doing something good hating America, until their revolution takes over and they find themselves in prison, because another “pig Guevara” already “nationalized” their Starbucks and then is not more use for “coffee revolutionaries”. America is great, for these red clowns! . Keep an eye in these fools, they are the enemy tools, and just remember that some of these fools are also college professors that after hating America, as Angela Davis, use every day classes to brainwash students that have to deal with them every day. God save America!

    • Julie Trevor permalink
      October 11, 2009 5:59 am

      Joseh De Dio

      Starbucks decision to delay providing water to the FDNY on Sept 11, 2001 until they were paid ($130) resulted in further harm of the horrible event as these firefighters eyes were scorched from the heat, burning from the chemicals and filled with debris…they simply wanted the bottles of water to flush their eyes.

      Can you imaging in the horror of that day trying to come up with $130 so you could flush your eyes.

      Starbucks has NEVER offered a statement-I’ve only bought 2 cups of coffee in my life – NEVER again.


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