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Berkeley Bashes Marines

During last night’s Democratic presidential debate in Hollywood, Barack Obama tried to project some sympathy for members of the U.S. military and seemed somewhat offended by the idea that Democrats don’t welcome improvements in Iraq.

Well, he can kiss the Berkeley vote goodbye. On Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council approved a resolution that will “encourage all people to avoid all cooperation with the Marine Corps recruiting station, and applaud residents and organizations such as Code Pink, that may volunteer to impede, passively or actively, by nonviolent means, the work of any military recruiting office located in the City of Berkeley.”

Code Pink is the organization of day-glo hysterics who plan to take down the Bush administration and the U.S. Armed Forces. But for now they’re meter maids. The City Council’s resolution handed them the parking space in front of the Marine recruiting office to better enable the group to stand in the way of the work of the U.S. Marine Corps. (If the picture in the New York Times is an indication of their methodology, they plan to send fiftyish women to doodle on the asphalt.)

People have long talked about a disconnect between the civilian left and the military in this country. Impeding the work of Marines isn’t a disconnect, it’s conflict. But here’s the best part: the grown women of Code Pink, who are apparently so well off that they can spend their days in costumes drawing peace signs on the sidewalk, are obsessed with blocking the employment possibilities the Marine Corps provides for men and women who can’t afford to revisit kindergarten. Maybe somebody in last night’s Academy Awards crowd is hiring.



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