Sean Penn Leads California Town Hall Against Iraq War

Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn lead a town hall meeting in California Saturday that was critical of President Bush and his handling of the Iraq war.

About 800 people crammed the Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland, Calif., to hear the one-time Hollywood bad boy and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., discuss the Iraq war, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

"You and your smarmy pundits — and the smarmy pundits you have in your pocket — can take your war and shove it," Penn said, according to the paper. "Let's unite not only in stopping this war, but in holding this administration accountable."

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The meeting came six days after marches were held nationwide to mark the four-year anniversary of the war in Iraq.

Penn was introduced as a movie star and temporary journalist for the Chronicle. Lee voted Friday against a $124 billion spending measure for the Iraq war.

"Let's make this crystal clear: We do support our troops, but not the exploitation of them and their families," Penn said.

"The money that's spent on this war would be better spent on building levees in New Orleans and health care in Africa and care for our veterans. Iraq is not our toilet. It's a country of human beings whose lives that were once oppressed by Saddam are now in Dante's Inferno."

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