As far as John McCain (R-Ariz.) is concerned, anti-war group Code Pink should probably be called Code Stink after their recent demonstration confronting warmonger Henry Kissinger Thursday, forcing the Senator to turn up his nose up in disgust in one of the most weak, lifeless, “outraged” denouncements of civil disobedience one is likely to ever see.
After Code Pink members rushed forward to confront Kissinger at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, waving signs and handcuffs, they were quickly quieted down for the most part as McCain took to the microphone in order to give the demonstrators a piece of his mind, and he did so with about as much passion as Eeyore on lithium, finishing his monotone “tirade” by saying:
Get out of here, you low-life scum.
Note the lack of exclamation point, there. In some ways, McCain’s reserved, yet indignant reprimand somewhat resembles Brad Pitt’s stoner character from Quentin Tarantino’s 1993 film, “True Romance.”
The hearing was assembled in order to receive testimony from former secretaries of state Kissinger, Madeleine Albright and George Shultz on strategy for national security in the shadow of “global threats.”
Responding to the Code Pink hullabaloo, McCain stated:
I’d like to say to my colleagues and to our distinguished witnesses this morning: 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.
And if you watch the video below, you can see just how much he means it. Just look at the Wagnerian veins popping out on his forehead, right?
McCain stands by his words, though, issuing a statement Thursday:
Code Pink’s typical protest tactics include interrupting Congressional hearings with chanting and sign-holding, which while disruptive and improper, do not represent a threat to witnesses. What happened today was far different. As Dr. Kissinger entered the hearing room to take his seat, a group of Code Pink protesters rushed up to the witness table to confront him, waving handcuffs within inches of his head. Some senators were concerned enough for Dr. Kissinger’s safety that they came down off the dais to support the witnesses. With no U.S. Capitol Police intervening, the episode went on for several minutes.
Clearly McCain’s statement is absurd. There is not one chance McCain is unfamiliar with the internationally recognized organization, Code Pink, nor with their peaceful demonstrations. Not once has Code Pink ever committed violence during one of their demonstrations, and to think physical harm would have come Kissinger’s way by that organization is disingenuous on McCain’s part, which is probably why he spoke his “outrage” with the force of acute urinary retention.