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RE: Counter-protest at Walter Reed

Cam,

What’s the latest on the Walter Reed counter-protest? I’m not sure I can make it, but I bet my good friend Marc Morano, who broke the story of antiwar demonstrators at Walter Reed will be there.

Marc was on Fox News’ "Hannity & Colmes" last night. Here’s a partial transcript of the interview/debate he had with Code Pink’s Laura Costas, who defended the antiwar group’s protest at the hospital.

HANNITY: All right, Laura and Marc, hang on one second. I want to give our audience a bigger picture of what’s going on here, Marc, because, clearly what’s happening here is Code Pink and the protesters are backtracking because of the video that you’ve had, the pictures that you’ve taken, and what you’ve been able to report.

In fact, they can now say it’s a vigil all they want, but when they have signs that say "Impeach George Bush," "Maimed for Lies," "Enlist Here and Die For Halliburton," I mean, these are guys in the hospital back from war. They often have life-threatening wounds.

COSTAS: And they might be abandoned by the V.A. by the time they get out of there.

(CROSSTALK)

HANNITY: This is for Marc Morano.

(CROSSTALK)

COSTAS: Who are you telling who it’s about? I’m there on the corner almost every Friday night. I know what it’s about.

MORANO: Well, I talked to Kevin Pannell, one of the wounded soldiers, a double-amputee who lost both legs in Iraq last year. He said he tried to ignore these protesters at first, until he saw some of the outrageous things. One of the things he said he saw was caskets out there, mock caskets.

COSTAS: No, no, I’m sorry, that never happened.

MORANO: I have another protestor, counter-protestors saw black wreaths hanging on the fence.

(CROSSTALK)

HANNITY: I want you both to be quiet. I want to get a question in here. Marc, wait a minute, because we have the video. They can say this is a vigil all they want. But we have the video.

MORANO: It’s an argument over semantics.

(CROSSTALK)

HANNITY: Wait a minute. Both of you, please. We have the video, "Maimed for Lies," "Impeach Bush," "Enlist Here and Die for Halliburton." And you know, Laura, you can deny this all you want, but soldiers are literally fighting for their lives and you don’t have enough respect for them…

COSTAS: My brother was over there. My brother was over there.

HANNITY: You are exploiting — you are so extreme.

COSTAS: Excuse me, I’m not exploiting anyone.

HANNITY: You have no respect for those guys that are trying to heal in that hospital.

COSTAS: No way. We are supporting them. We would like for them to have all the benefits that they need when they leave Walter Reed.

HANNITY: Then why don’t you say benefits and stop putting up signs that say "Impeach Bush."

COSTAS: We do that. We do that.

HANNITY: Why are you politicizing the war in front of guys that suffered for you?

COSTAS: This war is absolutely political. It’s absolutely political.

HANNITY: So it’s not a vigil; it is a protest.

COSTAS: It is a vigil.

MORANO: The veterans I spoke with aren’t upset about whether you’re for the war or against the war. It’s about location, location. Why are they in front of a military hospital, timed for maximum exposure on Friday night…

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Mr. Bluey, a contributing editor to Human Events, is director of the Center for Media & Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation. He maintains a blog at RobertBluey.com.

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