Everybody loves a good circus act, and that’s what you’re guaranteed to get anytime Code Pink members show their smug little liberal faces in public.
Code Pinko is as far-left a bunch of whackadoos as you could ever meet. They started in 2002 and early on staged four months of war protests in front of the White House. One of the gigs for which they became infamous was protesting the existence of a Marine Corps recruiting office in Berkeley in 2007.
They describe themselves as a “grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end U.S.-funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect our resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities,” but they have delved into the full spectrum of liberal causes.
Code Pinko is among the looser cannons on the Left, having even mixed it up with Hillary Clinton and even Queen Nancy Pelosi at different times.
So when they showed up to a congressional Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, a fun time was bound to be had by all.
The Code Pinko gals (it’s mostly women or men who can pass) were there to seek the arrest of Henry Kissinger, whom they blamed for killing Vietnam. The Code Pinko ladies liked Vietnam.
Since many of Code Pinko’s members still live in the seventies, it’s possible some of them only recently found out that Vietnam was dead, which would explain the sudden urge to arrest Kissinger.
Now Kissinger was a little before my time since he was shaking up the globe while I was at an age where I was more concerned about what was happening to Speed Racer than the world of politics.
However, he is obviously a man of many achievements, among which was negotiating an end to the Vietnam War, for which he earned (earned, unlike some people) a Nobel Peace Prize.
But he remains controversial since he had his hand in most of the policies during the war, and most people aren’t happy about the way it ended.
During the war, he had a reputation among journalists as someone who would tell reporters one thing off the record then turn around and say the exact opposite in an official press conference.
He’s “complicated,” some might say. (Or, if you were ever into Dungeons and Dragons, “chaotic evil with neutral tendencies” would probably cover it.)
He’s also nearly a hundred years old, which made the scene as Code Pinko sought to arrest him for war crimes somewhat reminiscent of the scene in “Empire Strikes Back” where Yoda beats R2D2 with a stick.
Apparently, the flailing tongue of the similarly aged George P. Schultz came to the rescue with a statement about the wonderfulness of Kissinger that caused the bemused audience to burst into a standing ovation.
But the line that won the day came from Sen. John McCain, who told the Code Pinkos, “Get out of here, you low-life scum!”
If only he could have said “low-life rebel scum,” it would have been perfect.
Maybe some of you YouTube video editors should get on that.
Of course, if Code Pinko really wants to draw attention to its anti-war cause, it could take the cuffs down the road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
I’m just sayin’.