More than 100 anti-war protesters, including the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers, were arrested outside the White House in demonstrations marking the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
The protesters, some shouting anti-war slogans and singing "We Shall Not Be Moved," were arrested Saturday after ignoring orders to move away from the gates of the White House. The demonstrators cheered loudly as Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst who in 1971 leaked the Pentagon's secret history of the Vietnam War that was later published in major newspapers, was arrested and led away by police.
In New York City, about 80 protesters gathered near the U.S. military recruiting center in Times Square, chanting "No to war" and carrying banners that read, "I am not paying for war" and "Butter not guns."
The "anti war movement" used to mobilize hundreds of thousands of people.
The "movement" jumped behind the Democrats in 2006, fueling the Democratic takeover of congress, and in 2008, fueling Obama's primary and general election victories.
In return, Obama gave the "movement" plans for 50,000 U.S. troops permanently stationed in permanent bases in Iraq forever, a "surge" in Afghanistan (effectively transferring the troops withdrawn from Iraq to Afghanistan), and now a third war in the Muslim world in Libya (another war of choice, not in response to any attack on U.S. soil).
And, "anti war movement"? With their financial backers in bed with Obama, all they can turn out is a few hundred protesters, largely ignored by the media.