when Colin Powell stood in front of the UN in 2003 to make his case
for war? Remember how he lied about weapons of mass destruction?
how the country was fooled into entering a disastrous war? Well,
the Bush administration is pulling the same tricks again with the
afternoon when General Petraeus presented to Congress what amounted
to lies, exaggeration and p.r. spin about the "successes"
of the so-called U.S. "troop surge" in Iraq, we were expected
to sit in the room and quietly listen. When
polite political discourse in the halls of Congress countenances
torture, murder, theft of resources, and ongoing occupation, we
think that rudeness is the correct response. If it's embarrassing
for women to shout out, "War criminal" at war criminals
in expensive suits and military uniforms, then we are all for embarrassing
CODEPINK heroes Medea, Liz, Desiree,
Leslie and Mona made a distinctly unladylike scene in the Petraeus
hearing. They stood up for truth in the face of official lies. They
stood up for the 2.2 million
internally displaced Iraqis, the 2.5 million
Iraqi refugees, and the 650,000
Iraqis and 3,700 U.S. soldiers
-- more Americans than those killed in
the horrific attacks on US soil six years ago today --who
have died in this miserable war and occupation.
can see the coverage we have received for our actions, from the
New York Times to MSNBC, in our press
room. To find out how to join our feisty protests in
DC and help us Whip Congress into Shape,
some members of Congress are waking up. Today, Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA)
plainly said "I don't buy it"
to General Petraeus. Please help us get more of our Reps to stop
buying Bush's war by signing our pledge to "Whip
Congress into Shape." When you pledge to do a simple
action every week to end the war, you will get a personalized pledge
page to pass around to your friends, invite them to sign on, and
watch your impact spread across the country! The CODEPINK
member who inspires the most pledges by the end of each month will
win an unforgettable trip to the CODEPINK
house in DC!
week, we're asking everyone to call
your Senators ( 202.224.3121) and say "Petraeus
can only betray us. Don't be duped again. Don't buy Bush's war."
Bush memorably said, "fool me once, shame on - -shame on you.
Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." He's right. We can't
get fooled again. Let's make sure Congress can't, either.
to be rude for peace,
Dana, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jodie, Karin,
Liz, Medea, Nancy, Pamela, Patricia, Rae, Samantha, and Vanessa