Medea Benjamin, founder of the radical anti-war group Code Pink, has an article up at the liberal Nation’s website explaining why she heckled President Obama’s major speech this week on national security. She claims: “I kept waiting to hear an announcement about changes that would represent a significant shift in policy.” When it didn’t come, she felt she had to challenge him:
When the president was coming to the end of this speech, he started talking about Guantánamo. As he has done in the past, he stated his desire to close the prison, but blamed Congress. That’s when I felt compelled to speak out. With the men in Guantánamo on hunger strike, being brutally forced fed and bereft of all hope, I couldn’t let the president continue to act as if he were some helpless official at the mercy of Congress.
“Excuse me, Mr. President,” I said, “but you’re the Commander-in-Chief. You could close Guantánamo tomorrow and release the eighty-six prisoners who have been cleared for release.”
For video of the exchange, click here.