March 10, 2008
Comedy Central, The Daily Show with John Stewart, March 10, 2008
link for the video
Stewart: One of the downsides of having an all-volunteer military is
that you need people to volunteer. Itís not usually a huge problem,
you just have to ask nicely. But some people donít want to hear the
question. Rob Riggle has more.
Riggle (VO): The United States Marine Corps has fought in countless
battles over the years. From Iowa Jima to Khe Sanh to the Battle of
Fallujah. But today the Corps faces its toughest fight yet.
Tape, Berkeley City Council meeting (woman): The Marines ought to have
better sense than to come here.
Riggle (VO): Yes, the Marines dared to rent office space and open a
recruiting center in Berkeley, California. I headed to the front lines
to get the story. Not only as a reporter but as a veteran of the
the street interviewee: Berkeley is a bastion of liberal thought and
the Marines are just the opposite.
the street interviewee # 2: I kind of felt probably like the
Iraqis felt, like we were being occupied here in Berkeley.
Riggle (VO): Heís right. The two are practically indistinguishable.
Berkeley. Thatís Iraq.
city fought back and hit the Marines hardÖwith a resolution telling
them to leave.
the trust of the locals, I had to blend in.
Meola, Berkeley Peace and Justice Commissioner (studio interview): I
donít know a good use of the Marines in my lifetime. And what is
offensive about Marine recruiters in Berkeley is the fact that they
are recruiting people for mass murder. They are here to out-front
recruit people into their killing machine thatís perpetrating
Riggle: Excuse me, Bob. (Leaves set.) Whooooo-aaargh!!! Hippies!
Boards! Hi-yaaaaaaaa! (Karate kicks boards and calms down. Returns to
interview.) Sorry, I had to go cool out for a minute.
Oh, what happened?
Riggle: My buzz. It was getting a little wrecked, know what I mean?
Right on. Marines train people to kill people. The Marines are
not a moral influence andÖ
Riggle: Excuse me, Bob, I hate to do this again. Iíve got to excuse
myselfÖ[Crashing through wall] Hippies! Hippies! Aoooorgh!
Riggle (VO): With this amoral force refusing to live their stripmall
desk, Berkeley enlisted its own fighting force.
[Protesters outside recruiting center, singing:] We are hugging, we
are hugging for a peaceful world!
Riggle (VO): Code Pink! You may remember them from Operation Annoy
[Voice:] Waterboarding is torture!
Riggle (VO): Or Operation Yell At George Bush Doll.
And who can forget Operation Senate Interrupt?
their tactics in Berkeley may be their most innovative yet. They
called it, Donít Enlist, Stay and Kiss. I called it, Shock and Awe.
Pinker # 1: It is our responsibility as the public to shut this
station down, to shut this recruiting station down.
Pinker # 2: Code Pink stands for free speech.
Pinker # 1: It is very important to protect free speech and so we
clearly have the right to be here.
Riggle: If only there was an organization that was sworn to defend
that free speech.
Pinker # 1: That would be great.
Riggle: That would be outstanding, right?
Riggle (VO): Why canít these Marines see that they have no right to be
recruiting troops on US soil?
Pinker # 3: The MarinesÖwe donít need to be worrying about their
rights. Itís not an equal relationship.
Riggle (VO): Thatís obvious. Any giant-handed Constitutional scholar
will tell you that.
Pinker # 1: Wars in general would stop if we didnít have weapons just
like violence on our streets would stop if we didnít have weapons.
Riggle: So if we got rid of police we wouldnít have crime?
Pinker # 1:Potentially.
Riggle (VO): It just makes sense. If they can shut down this
recruiting center, it will become yet another of Berkeleyís famous
Crepes A Go Go. And world peace will be at hand.
Meola: Well, just think if we had a Department of Peace, it could
reach down into every community talking about peace studies and
Riggle: Sounds like a magical place, man.
Riggle: Oh, Iím sorry, you think that could be a real place?
Riggle: Oh, Iím sorry, I thought you were totally kidding.
Riggle: Oh, Iím embarrassed.
Riggle (VO): With the Marines refusing to leave, giving Code Pink the
last word was the least I could do.
Pinker # 3: This is Berkeley, the most peace-loving cityÖ
Pinker # 4: US out of Iraq!
Riggle (VO): Really, youíre interrupting your own interview?
Fi, Code Pink. Semper Fi.