Friday, January 30, 2015

Code Pink in the Stink...

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I was one of those youthful individual that knew instinctively that Vietnam was wrong. America had no business in Southeast Asia and President Lyndon Baines Johnson's escalation of the Vietnam conflict was among one of America's most unjustified foreign policy decisions. A decision that caused the death of innocent Southeast Asians as well as thousands of American lives were lost. Lost in a cause that never should have been.

Thinking back on those years; all the justified demonstrations against our involvement in Southeast Asia; the escalation under President Johnson, the graphic pictures and body bags coming home I cannot help but think LBJ should have been tried for war crimes. But LBJ is dead, as is President Richard Milhous Nixon. So we're left with Code Pink making a stink about wanting Henry Kissinger arrested for war crimes.

Of course progressive weblogs are actively blogging in support of the Code Pink demonstration (video and story below) and charging the former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State with war cries. Well, to my friends on the left side of reality, isn't it time to let Southeast Asia go? Kissinger is 91 years old, he is relic of the Cold War mentality, and he served his country. Let him leave this earth dealing with his conscience, just as other presidential advisors who served their president during times of war have done.

John McCain was right in defining the Code Pink fiasco as he did, outrageous, disgraceful, and despicable. Of course Senator McCain should have refrained from calling a Code Pink participant low life scum but a part of me understands why he said it.

Video and article from PJ Tatler below.

A Senate hearing opened this morning with Code Pink protesters trying to arrest former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger for “war crimes.”

The protesters, bearing signs reading “Kissinger War Criminal” and “Cambodia,” rushed up behind the 91-year-old diplomat at the witness table of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which was holding a hearing on global challenges and the U.S. national security strategy.

Also testifying were 94-year-old former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and 77-year-old former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he would call recess until Capitol Police removed Code Pink from the room.

“I’ve been a member of this committee for many years, and I have never seen anything as disgraceful and outrageous and despicable as the last demonstration that just took place,” McCain said, which led to shout-backs from the protesters.

“You know, you’re going to have to shut up, or I’m going to have you arrested. If we can’t get the Capital Hill Police in here immediately… Get out of here, you low-life scum,” McCain added.

“So Henry, I hope you will — Dr. Kissinger, I hope on behalf of all of the members of this committee on both sides of the aisle — in fact, from all of my colleagues, I’d like to apologize for allowing such disgraceful behavior towards a man who served his country with the greatest distinction. I apologize profusely.”

Later, when Kissinger began his opening statement, more protesters popped up in the room, screaming about Vietnam and rattling off his “war crimes.”

“Vietnam! From 1969 to 1973, Kissinger, working for Richard Nixon, oversaw the slaughter in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, that led to the deaths of millions — millions of people. Many thousands more died from the effects of massive doses of agent orange and from unexploded bombs that covered the countryside!” a protester shouted. “Chile! Henry Kissinger was one of the principle architects of the coup in Chile on September 11th, 1973…”

Shultz then stood up to verbally battle the protesters, saying, “I salute Henry Kissinger for his many contributions to peace and security.” That led to a standing ovation from the committee members and audience that drowned out Code Pink.

What say you? All thoughts and views are welcome, as log as they are civil, thoughtful, and respectful.

Via: FreeThinke


  1. When you give the state unfettered access to tax dollars and printing presses, war is almost inevitable and folks like Kissinger come out of the woodwork.......But, yeah, at 91...

  2. Interesting. I once believed in the notion that the state is us, or at least a reflection of us. Maybe it Is.

    "We have met the enemy snd it is us." Yet by far too many folks think it's the "other guy".

  3. I always stand with the people to protest, and applaud those who can. Several million dead Vietnamese? - THAT is "outrageous, disgraceful, and despicable," not a few concerned citizens making a stink. That war ended only 40 years ago, and the woulds are still there for countless millions.


  4. Protest without making a*ses of yourself. I think it is important to point out the Johnson administration was responsible for much criminal death as well. The dude escalated the war and continued to do so.

    But he was a liberal democrat and gets a pass. Of course he's dead so go after a 91 year old who will be dead before long as well.

    Learn from the mistake so as not to repeat it.

  5. I never cared for the arguments against the way people choose to protest. It got your attention, right? That's the whole point. I got people talking about this again. I applaud Code Pink. Screw the good-mannered murderous thieves and their sycophants.

    Johnson at least had the decency to step away, and he really agonized about it all. The conservative Cold Warriors remain Cold Warriors today an to this day believe we should have killed even more Vietnamese to "win" that awful colonial war.


    1. Code Pink stinks. See dmarks comment below.

      dmarks, do you have a link to a reputable source for Jersey.

      Jersey, the truth of the matter us Johnson was a flaming bast*rd in spite of the few good things he might have done.

      I do agree the neo-con war hawks are what you say.

  6. The protests have to come from some better than this. Code Pink is also known for rank, stinking antisemitism, including rallies calling for the complete cleansing of Jews from Israel in order to create a new Palestine, and they are also in <a href = ">lockstep</A> with the genocidal goals of terrorists in the Middle East</A>. Code Pink supporting wiping out Jews is "pot calling kettle black" about any claims of war crimes by others. I first heard of Code Pink, in fact, when they came to do a pro-Hamas rally in my town.

    Hamas is some of the worst scum on the planet, Les. Little different from ISIS. And Code Pink hates Kissinger and loves them. It is probably not a coincidence that the target of their hate is a Jewish man.

    1. Thanks for the link dmarks, perhaps Jersey will check it out and give us his views.

      Hamas, ISIS, Hezbollah, Bono Zzz Haram are all to be reviled and called out for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Yet Code (Stinking) Pink will pass on that too.

  7. So then you wonder about their case against Kissinger considering that they are so in solidarity with Hamas, the group that wants to kill every Jew on the planet.

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    1. Both of which are "on topic" apparently.

    2. Did anyone indicate otherwise? Just maintain the seperation.


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