Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Code Pink Pulling Back Tracking on Afghanistan Withdrawal Demand?

Code Pink appears to be pulling back on their Afghanistan withdrawal demand. Donald Douglas pegs it as "stupidly transparent". It is clearly cover for Obama, but they are not yet ready to abandon their position all together. Whats more, they even seem to acknowledge the devastating effect would likely have in Afghanistan; that the country would collapse into the chaos of civil war. Despite this, and their apparent willingness to give Obama more time then they were giving Bush, they are still calling for a complete withdrawal.

"It's stupidly transparent, but leftist media outlets have launched a campaign to rehabilitate Code Pink, the hardline neo-communist protest group. The Christian Science Monitor quotes group co-founder Medea Benjamin as saying:

We would leave with the same parameters of an exit strategy but we might perhaps be more flexible about a timeline ... That's where we have opened ourselves, being here, to some other possibilities. We have been feeling a sense of fear of the people of the return of the Taliban. So many people are saying that, 'If the US troops left the country, would collapse. We'd go into civil war.' A palpable sense of fear that is making us start to reconsider that.

That sounds about right. The country will collapse without a continued robust presence of American forces. The only problem is that actions speak louder than words. Jonn Lilyea reported on the Code Pink antiwar rally Monday from the White House."

Update (10/8/2009): protest pictures at

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