Obama, Code Pink and Egypt: 'There Are No Coincidences in Politics'
As the cliche goes, there are no coincidences in politics. Obama fundraiser group Code Pink just happened to have arrived in Cairo last week for the group's ninth visit there in two years as part of its campaign to undermine the Mubarak government and help Hamas, the terrorist group that controls Gaza.
Code Pink and the media are trying to portray the leftist group's "sudden" appearance in Cairo Wednesday as an act of courageous support for a democratic revolution. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Code Pink protests the Mubarak government in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. February 2, 2011.
Code Pink has a well-documented history of working to overthrow American allies while propping up anti-American leftist governments and terrorist regimes.
In fact, the group was founded in late 2002 to help keep the socialist Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein in power. Code Pink even traveled to Baghdad in February 2003 as guests of the tyrannical terrorist to lobby the world to keep Saddam Hussein in power.
Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin donates blood to Saddam Hussein's government in Baghdad, Iraq, February 5, 2003. Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images/Life Magazine
Since then, Code Pink has worked to support the communist dictatorship of the Castro brothers in Cuba, the terrorist regime of Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the government of Fidel Castro wannabe Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. The group has visited each of these nations as guests of their respective governments.
Code Pink has also met with various terrorist groups including Hamas, the Taliban and Iraqi "insurgents." Code Pink has even acted as a messenger between terrorists and President Barack Obama.
Last year Code Pink invited the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood to "join us in cleansing our country."
In January 2007 Code Pink traveled to Cuba to wage a propaganda campaign, aided by the Cuban government, that called for the closure of the United States terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo. The Ladies in White, a persecuted human rights group comprised of wives and mothers of Cuban democracy activists held in the Castros' gulags, wrote an open letter beseeching Cindy Sheehan, who accompanied Code Pink to Cuba, to inspect Cuba's prisons for human rights violations.
Code Pink interceded on Sheehan's behalf and blew off las Damas de Blanco.
The year before, in January 2006, Code Pink met with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Obama fundraiser Jodie Evans described Chavez as "a doll."
Cindy Sheehan, Jodie Evans, Hugo Chavez, Medea Benjamin, Caracas, Venzuela, January 28, 2006. Photo by Code Pink
In the summer of 2009, Code Pink made no effort to travel to Tehran to support Iranian democracy activists protesting the stolen election that reelected Ahmadinejad president. How could they when just months earlier Code Pink had visited Tehran and Qom as personal guests of Ahmadinejad?
In contrast, that same summer when the Hugo Chavez ally President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras was forced from office after the nation's Supreme Court ruled he had violated the constitution by trying to stay in power past his term, Code Pink went to his aid in Honduras.
In the summer of 2008 when Russia waged war on Georgia, Code Pink snottily taunted critics who challenged the so-called antiwar group to protest the invasion with the snarky post, "Yes, we'll get right on that" to explain their inaction to defend the American ally.
In December 2007 when American ally President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan was under pressure to leave office, Code Pink traveled to Pakistan to help America's enemies increase the pressure on Musharraf. The Pakistanis rightly tossed the interlopers out of the country.
Since 2009 Code Pink has been leading an international campaign to get a blockade lifted that was imposed by Egypt and Israel after Hamas was elected to rule Gaza.
One year ago, Code Pink was in Cairo with former Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn agitating against the Mubarak government and its decision to limit the amount of aid and activists it would allow in Gaza.
Code Pink protested in the very same Tahrir Square that has become famous the past two weeks.
Code Pink brags on its Web site that its protests in Cairo helped inspire Egyptians to rise up against Mubarak.
When CODEPINK was in Cairo for the Gaza Freedom March last year, we led and participated in small, peaceful protests that were set upon by hundreds of riot police at the behest of repressive Mubarak regime.
But now there has been a seismic shift. There are not 50 people rallying in Cairo, but hundreds of thousands protesting across the nation. Dozens have been killed; hundreds have been wounded.
But the Egyptian people will not be turned back. They feel their power and are determined to seize the moment.
For those who question Code Pink's involvement in the protests to overthrow Mubarak, this report from Cairo should put that to rest.
Later Sunday afternoon one amazing event after another continues to unfold. When we left the hotel early in the afternoon, we met a human rights activist/reporter that Medea knew who invited us to come to the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Justice, which he said was at the center of the organization of the protests. (This Center was the organizer of the April 9th Movement protests in 2008). We went into an unprepossessing building in a narrow street, climbed up about six flights of stairs and came into a room that was filled with young organizers/activists. We met with Nada Saddek, a middle aged woman who is a key person at the center...
Code Pink does not care about Egyptian democracy. Code Pink's goal is to overthrow an American ally that has helped keep the peace with Israel and been a bulwark against Islamist radicals.
What is interesting is that despite the apparent opposition in positions on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Code Pink and President Barack Obama are amazingly in sync. Obama wants Mubarak to go. So does Code Pink. Obama wanted Zelaya to stay in power. So did Code Pink. Obama hobnobs with Hugo Chavez, so does Code Pink. Obama wants to close Guantanamo and is easing travel restrictions on Cuba, which mirrors Code Pink's positions. Obama is waging war on Big Oil, so is Code Pink. Obama opposed liberating Iraq, so did Code Pink. Obama wants our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan soon regardless of the effect, so does Code Pink.
It's no wonder that one of Obama's early supporters and key fundraisers was Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans.
Obama bundler and Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans meets with President Barack Obama, October 15, 2009.