We can only infer the answers to these questions. But for at least two members of what might be called the "left establishment" we now have some grounds for making inferences. These are based on a recent initiative which attempted to move some of these figures from their prior positions of support, albeit highly critical support, of the administration into active opposition. Thus, in his reaction to the initiative (which he characterized as "weirdness") Tom Hayden described the demonstration as "somewhat jusfified" while expressing doubts as to whether "it was a smart idea to begin with." In short, an event of relatively little consequence, though Hayden did mention that civil disobedience could be "healing" for those participating in it.
In his reaction, Bill Fletcher made no comment on the demonstration confining his remarks to the observation that he was a strong critic of the administration.
It should be noted in this connection that while failing to mention the Dec. 16th event, even when specifically requested to do so, Fletcher has been actively involved in Washington demonstrations since the Obama administration took office, most notably the union- sponsored One Nation rally on October 5.
The differences between the two protests could not be more stark and are highly revealing.
First, one was a rally held at the Lincoln Memorial some distance from the White House while the other centered around civil disobedience at the White House fence.That's from John Halle's "Why Johnny Can't Protest: Reflections on Dec. 16th" (Corrente). Truthout told Halle that they felt it would be "overkill" to run the article because they'd run others.
C.I.'s focused on the protest pretty much all week. I don't think it's been overkill. And she covered it last Thursday and Friday as well. I think it's about tossing out there that actions are taking place and building enthusiasm.
Why did they kill Halle's piece?
I'm guessing because of the excerpt. He had the 'nerve' to name names. And they don't like that.
Good for Halle for calling it out. Bad for Truthout for not running the article.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"