A contingent of the organization known as “Code Pink” crudely interrupted the Senate Armed Services Committee’s hearing this afternoon, attended by former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, and George Shultz — with chants of “Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes!” and the occasional “In the name of the people of Chile” and “Vietnam” thrown in.
Senator John McCain, chairman of the committee, fired back at the outburst: “I’ve been a member of this committee for many years, and I have never seen anything as disgraceful and outrageous and despicable as the last demonstration that just took place.”
“You’re gonna have to shut up or I’m gonna have you arrested,” threatened McCain to the last of the protesters. “If we can’t get the Capitol Hill Police in here, immediately… Get out of here you low life scum!”
“Dr. Kissinger, I hope that on behalf of all of the members of this committee, on both sides of the aisle, in fact, from all of my colleagues, I’d like to apologize for allowing such disgraceful behavior towards a man who’s served his country with the greatest distinction. I apologize profusely.”
Later, Code Pink’s account tweeted at Senator McCain, “Kissinger is the biggest unindicted criminal of the 20th century. He should be tried at the Hague.”
Video courtesy of C-SPAN.