June 24, CODEPINK co-founder
Jodie Evans paid to attend a Los Angeles fundraiser
for Barack Obama, hoping that she would have a chance
to ask him some pointed questions about his plans for
Iraq. As she was approaching for her turn to be photographed
with the Senator, he recognized her.
Before she could even say a word in greeting, he offered,
“Jodie, I promise I will
end the war.”
Jodie asked if that were the case, why had he chosen
such a sad, hawk-like group of Foreign Advisors. She
even pulled out the list of advisors to show it to him
and queried, “Who on this
list has a new vision?”
He answered, “I will end
the war in Iraq, I promise.”
Jodie then asked him about the compromise
FISA bill, which would grant President Bush protection
for himself and the telecom companies from prosecution
for his illegal wire-tapping and spying program. Obama’s
response was: “I haven’t
We now know how that vote went: soon thereafter he
voted yes on a terrible bill that granted retroactive
immunity to the telecom companies.
Jodie pressed him again, “What
does ‘end the war with Iraq’ MEAN? All our
troops out? Blackwater mercenaries out? Our bases closed?
What does it actually mean?”
Without answering any of Jodie’s specific questions,
he reiterated his statement, “Jodie,
I promise I will end the war with Iraq,”
as Jodie was being pulled away to allow the next person
a photo opportunity.
It is difficult to trust Barack Obama’s assurances
without the answers to those questions.