‘Get Out Of Here You Low Life Scum,’ Sneers McCain At Kissinger War Crimes Protesters (VIDEO)

“Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes,” chanted Code Pink protesters as they stormed a US Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday morning to stage a citizens’ arrest.

PJ Media reports that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’s committee gathered former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger (age 91), George Schultz (age 94), and a comparatively youthful Madeleine Albright (age 77) to give testimony on global challenges and US security strategy. Alas, the folks from Code Pink –activists for peace and social justice — aren’t the only ones who believe our nation has endured quite enough expertise from the likes of Henry Kissinger.

Kissinger — whose wily, convoluted, and murderous style of diplomacy once earned him a reputation as “the smartest man in the world” by admirers and as a war criminal by detractors  — was the main architect for US foreign policy during the Nixon and Ford years in the early 1970’s. Kissinger’s  so-called “accomplishments” in Laos, Bangladesh, Cypress, East Timor, and Chile make George W. Bush and Dick Cheney’s invasion and occupation of Iraq look like a homecoming parade.

Pinochet and agent orange, anyone?

Nonetheless, an angry McCain sputtered on camera:

“I’ve been a member of this committee for many years, and I have never seen anything as disgraceful and outrageous and despicable as the last demonstration that just took place.”

When the Code Pink demonstrators continued chanting — as they have every right to do — McCain lost his temper and snapped:

“You know, you’re going to have to shut up, or I’m going to have you arrested. If we can’t get the Capitol Hill Police in here immediately…Get out of here, you low-life scum.”

That’s right. Sen. McCain honors Kissinger and his disastrous foreign policy program while calling his fellow citizens “low-life scum” for exercising their right to free speech. Heaven forbid that war criminals who violate US laws should ever be held accountable for their actions.

McCain then obsequiously apologized to Kissinger:

“So Henry, I hope you will — Dr. Kissinger, I hope on behalf of all of the members of this committee on both sides of the aisle — in fact, from all of my colleagues, I’d like to apologize for allowing such disgraceful behavior towards a man who served his country with the greatest distinction. I apologize profusely.”

Heaven forbid Kissinger should ever apologize to all the people in Indochina who got doused with Agent Orange, or to all the innocent people in Chile who endured 16 years of fear, torture and brutal repression after we installed Augusto Pinochet and his regime. Not to mention President Ronald Reagan’s continuation of Kissinger’s foreign policy with his administrations illegal, secret wars in Central America, which created the ongoing crisis that continues sending desperate refugees fleeing towards our border.

Way to go, McCain. To think, many liberals once respected McCain for the honesty, fairness, independence, and integrity he once had. Given all the appalling facts about US-sponsored torture during the war in Iraq plus all the war crime accusations leveled against the Bush II administration, you’d think that McCain — who himself was tortured while held prisoner in Vietnam — would steer clear of accused war criminals at his committee’s hearings.

Here’s the video with Code Pink, Henry Kissinger, and Sen. John McCain:

and here’s the photo of Kissinger’s, McCain’s and Code Pink’s grand moment…

"Get out of here, you low life scum," Sen. John McCain tells Code Pink protesters demanding Henry Kissinger's arrest for war crimes.

“Get out of here, you low life scum,” Sen. John McCain tells Code Pink protesters demanding Henry Kissinger’s arrest for war crimes. Photo: Code Pink via Twitter.

Featured image: Code Pink via Twitter.