People aren't exactly taking to the streets to protest the latest U.S.-led war in the Middle East, but CodePink is making its opposition known as loudly as ever.
The erstwhile hearing-disrupters were out in force on Tuesday as the Senate Armed Services Committee heard testimony from top Obama administration administration officials on President Obama's plan to destroy the Islamic State.
CodePink protesters, including co-founder Medea Benjamin, interrupted the proceedings at least four times in the hearing's first hour, frustrating the committee's Democratic chairman, Sen. Carl Levin (Mich.), and amusing Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.).
"Don't drag us into another war!" Benjamin yelled as police carried her out of the room. She held a sign that read, "More war=More... extremism."
Levin practically begged the protesters to stop their interruptions, saying, "They're not doing anybody any good."
At another point, he told them, "You're acting very war-like yourself!" (Here's video of that exchange.)
After the fourth disruption, he implored, "Would you please not take advantage of the freedom of this place?"
McCain took the activists more in stride when they interrupted his questioning of the witnesses.
Code Pink member is escorted from the hearing room as McCain chuckles. "I always appreciate special attention from this group," he says.— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) September 16, 2014
Between the outcries, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, defended Obama's plan in testimony and warned about the dangers ISIS posed.