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Surprise in Coronado
By Barbara Cummings
Janis Karpinski of Abu Ghraib fame or noteriety spoke tonight at the library in Coronado Ca. It is joked that Coronado has more Admirals per square foot than any other town in the US. Property is the highest per square foot than anywhere else in Ca. There are 2 huge military bases there, North Island Naval Air Station and Coronado Amphib Base.
The library was filled to capacity and more. The crowd was 90% over 55. Very few 20 and 30 somethings. Many senior military ret. Some with walkers and canes. A very conservative crowd, or so you would think.
I sat in the back putting stickers on my toy soldiers and getting baggies ready for any who wanted them. The audience was quiet and never interrupted Ms Karpinski. She spoke for 40 minutes and then offered to take questions. I just knew someone would blast her right away as she had nothing but distain for Bush, Rummy, Ricardo Sanchez and Geoffry Miller. Miller recently took the 5th and resigned his commission.
The second questioner was literally shaking with anger for Bush. He gave more of a raging statement than a question. Recounted the usual litany of offenses, ennumerated the outrages we all feel. He said the I word. I was watching and looking around, waiting for the boo-ing to start. Suddenly one person clapped, then a few more then almost the whole room! They clapped loud and long. I was absolutely astounded. Not one single person in the whole room stood for the Pres. The question and answer period went on for another half hour and still, no one challenged Ms Karpinski or tried to offer excuses for the military brass.
In Coronado! Their Dem club had only a dozen members when I was last there. And I know these wre locals beccause no one drives over the bridge at rush hour unless the freeway is closed. As I was giving out my baggies of soldiers, I got an invitation to come to their meeting on Saturday and talk about campcasey and individual activism. In Coronado, the reddest of all cities in the state! Something is happening!
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.