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Topic - Medea Benjamin
It's not easy being a Democrat on the eve of deconstruction. Some of the liberals haven't figured out what to think or say about President Obama and his determination to lob missiles into the men's room at Syrian command headquarters. When George W. Bush took the White House to his Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas, there was always Cindy Sheehan, surrounded by reporters and photographers, protesting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She became the left's pet rock.
Anti-war protesters are objecting to military action in Syria, but their efforts pale compared to the crowds that came out against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars — and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the women's anti-war group Code Pink, blames the Democrats,
As protesters outside railed against drones' potential to be used for spying and other evils, industry leaders and government officials at this week's unmanned vehicles convention focused on writing the right laws and regulations to balance the craft's vast economic potential with protecting personal privacy.
President Obama's speech on resetting the war on terror ground to a halt halfway through when an anti-Gitmo heckler repeatedly interrupted.
President Obama has once again turned to an architect of President Bush's war strategy to fill a major civilian post in his administration - this time elevating Gen. David H. Petraeus, who oversaw the Iraq surge, to be CIA chief, and tapping current agency head Leon E. Panetta to become the next defense secretary.
With President Obama officially running for re-election, the call from the left for a primary challenge was gaining steam - though no challenger so far is stepping forward.
Two years ago this week, President Obama issued a sweeping executive order promising to shutter the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center within a year. Today, it's still open and running with little prospect of that changing in the near future.
Before he left town for the holidays, President Obama hinted at opportunities for both showdowns and collaboration with the GOP in the new Congress — but as he prepares to seek re-election, his own base is telling him they need to see him rumble rather than dance with Republicans.
Political correctness got some plainspoken comeuppance during the "Restoring Honor" rally on Saturday.
WikiLeaks Part II has begun.
A year ago, Medea Benjamin, co-founder of anti-war protest group Code Pink, was seated on the Capitol's West Front, 100 feet from the inauguration stage, watching Barack Obama be sworn in as president.
Even as congressional Democrats feuded last week with the CIA in what at times seemed to be a throwback to the 1970s, President Obama was headed in the other direction in what may have been his most active week yet as commander in chief.
"To see all of these turnarounds is very disappointing," said Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink. "I think he's afraid of alienating a lot of these military and their families and the right-wing media that has just attacked him viciously."
"Instead of peace, we got more war; instead of health care reform, we have an industry bonanza; instead of environmental leadership, we've got 'clean coal'; and, of course, Wall Street firms got record profits and bonuses [while] unemployment is at double digits."