U.S. Peace Movement Regroups to Stop War with Iran
Interview with Medea Benjamin, co-founder Code Pink and Global Exchange, conducted by Scott Harris
Since the election of Barack Obama as president in November 2008, the U.S. peace movement has remained mostly inactive. Many peace activists were optimistic, or had mixed feelings about then Sen. Obama’s campaign pledge to wind down the war in Iraq and his timeline for escalation and then withdrawal in Afghanistan. But in his third year in office, there is a growing number of progressive activists that are either disappointed or angry about a fairly long list of his administration’s policies. That list includes the president’s increased use of drone attacks, the targeting of U.S. citizens for assassination, support for an indefinite detention of Americans provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, the failure to close down the Guantanamo detention camp in Cuba and continued warrantless surveillance targeting U.S. citizens.