Sunday, April 09, 2006


Hillary Clinton and other hawkish Democrats have come under criticism from anti-war activists for their, at best, tepid response to their constitutents feelings about the war in Iraq. Code Pink wrote recently, "In a survey that accompanied a recent fundraising letter, Hillary Clinton asked for her constituents’ opinions on a variety of issues — but the war in Iraq wasn’t one of them."

"Hillary isn’t listening, and while her ears remained covered, thousands of Americans and scores of thousands of Iraqis have died. Isn’t it time for leadership, not politics? For bravery, not calculation? Hillary needs to hear that the time to end the war is now."

One of those times came Saturday night at Brown University.

The following comes from

Hecklers interrupt Sen. Clinton at Brown University
April 8, 2006

PROVIDENCE, R.I. --Anti-war protesters interrupted U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech at Brown University on Saturday night by heckling the New York Democrat for four solid minutes before police escorted them out of the auditorium.

Clinton was about eight minutes into her 50-minute speech, "Women Leaders," when an unidentified man stood and shouted "Is it leadership to support the war?"

He was quickly joined by two other hecklers as he stood on his seat and continued to criticize Clinton for her vote to authorize the U.S. invasion of Iraq and her subsequent votes to fund the war.

Despite the heckling, Clinton did not stop her speech, which was general in tone. Her only direct reference to the Iraq war was to decry the substandard equipment issued to American soldiers. She did not address allegations that President Bush authorized the release of classified national security information to the media.

Before the speech, about 70 protesters rallied outside the auditorium and said they targeted Clinton because her votes on the war mirror the Bush administration's policies despite her being considered the front-runner among Democratic presidential hopefuls in 2008.

A group called Military Families Speak Out was among the protesters outside. They carried picket signs and yelled "He lied, she complied, they died. Bring the troops home now."

Clinton's speech in Meehan Auditorium was attended by about 3,000 people.

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