Uh, well, what was the mission?

The CodePINK folks sent out a news release yesterday saying they and their allies who’ve been protesting outside Berkeley’s U.S. Marine Corps recruiting station on and off over the past year were going to declare “Mission Accomplished” at a news conference today.

“CodePINK and our allies have prevailed! Major protest operations at the MRS have been ended, one year since covert military recruiting operations were first uncovered in Berkeley. Our coalition is now engaged in dis(as)sembling and deconstructing the U.S. military, making the world safe and secure,” the statement said.

But late last night, they announced they’d postponed the event indefinitely. Maybe they realized that it’s tough to call a storefront recruiting station “covert;” that the station is still there, doing what it did before they started; and that they have about as much chance of disassembling and deconstructing the U.S. military as I have of being President of the United States.

Seems like their “mission” was no more “accomplished” than that other one we all heard about

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Theo

    covert recruiting? I wonder if they consider Safeway a covert supermarket; both the recruiters’ office and Safeway are pretty public