Kucinich: The Afghan war is a ‘threat to our national security’ END IT NOW!

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Kucinich: Prolonging Afghan war a ‘threat to our national security’
http://rawstory.com/2009/12/kucinich-war-threat-national-security/
By Daniel Tencer
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 -- 1:57 pm


Far from being a necessary part of the US's national security strategy, the Afghanistan war is actually a threat to it, says Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich.

In a statement released two days after President Barack Obama announced a 30,000-troop surge for the war effort and a July, 2011, beginning for troop withdrawal, Kucinich argued that extending the war would destabilize the United States at home.

“America is in the fight of its life and that fight is not in Afghanistan -- it's here," Kucinich declared. "We are deeply in debt. Our GDP is down. Our manufacturing is down. Our savings are down. The value of the dollar is down. Our trade deficit is up. Business failures are up. Bankruptcies are up.

“The war is a threat to our national security. We’ll spend over $100 billion next year to bomb a nation of poor people while we reenergize the Taliban, destabilize Pakistan, deplete our army and put more of our soldiers’ lives on the line. Meanwhile, back here in the USA, 15 million people are out of work. People are losing their jobs, their health care, their savings, their investments, and their retirement security. $13 trillion in bailouts for Wall Street, trillions for war; when are we going to start taking care of things here at home?”

Kucinich a seven-term House representative from western Cleveland, has long been a high-profile opponent of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

“The people of Afghanistan don’t want to be saved by us," Kucinich said on the House floor Wednesday. "They want to be saved from us. Our presence and our Predator drones kill countless innocents, creating more US enemies and destabilizing Pakistan."

In September, following a NATO airstrike that killed 95 people, including most of a small Afghan village, Kucinich declared that the war in Afghanistan is "quickly developing into a tragedy of monumental proportions. It is time for the US to end this war and bring our troops home.”
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LetsSaveDemocracy

How the fcuk did he ever get into the house of representatives? why that guy has a brain, a heart, and balls.


konfusius

Kucinich for President!


Chump Change

fo sho, I’m a Libertarian, but this guy has my vote hands down. he has more fiscal awareness than lots of the other left of center peeps who might run for prez. He’s a good balance of political philosophy.

Max-1

I don’t know if many people realize, but he ran in the last election and opposed Obama point by point.


Andrew

Right you are, Max-1, and I had supported Kucinich as much as I could for a state with late primaries. So, voters in earlier primaries (i.e. Iowa, New Hampshire et al), please don’t discredit this man the next time he runs for president.
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HELL F***ING YEAH MAN.... so well said.
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Kucinich is always making such sense..pity no one listens to him. he's a true patriot.
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OK Dennis, but what about Iraq?
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Dennis always votes against the wars. He's a classic liberal just as Ron Paul is aclassic conservative.

These two are what Congress and the two parties are SUPPOSED to sound like.

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Please take a minute and give Kucinich a call at  (202)225-5871  and give him a personal thanks for being an outspoken, intelligent, moral anomaly of a Kongress Kritter. 

posted in the Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/01/AR2009120104843_pf.html

DENNIS KUCINICH (D)

U.S. representative from Ohio

Why are we still in Afghanistan? Al-Qaeda has been routed. Our occupation fuels a Taliban insurgency. The more troops we send, the more resistance we meet. The people of Afghanistan don't want to be saved by us; they want to be saved from us. Our presence and our Predator drones kill countless innocents and destabilize Pakistan. The U.S.-created Karzai government is hopelessly corrupt and despised by the Afghan people.

Our solution: Provide Afghan President Hamid Karzai with a high-level U.S. minder, which will make him even less legitimate. Another strategy: Buy or rent "friends" among would-be insurgents and give them guns and cash. But when the money runs out, they shoot at U.S. soldiers. We've played all sides in Afghanistan, and all the sides want us out. They do not want our presence, our control, our troops, our drones, our way of life.



Congressman Kucinich Addresses Escalation in Afghanistan
       http://kucinich.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2845&Itemid=1
Tuesday, 01 December 2009

Tonight [Tuesday, December 1 2009] the President will announce an escalation of the war in Afghanistan. An additional 30,000 troops will bring the United States' total in Afghanistan to 100,000. Tomorrow I will offer an analysis of the President's plan.

The community I represent in Cleveland, Ohio, is suffering from massive unemployment, record home foreclosures, and small business failures. People are losing their jobs, their health care, their homes, their savings, their investments, and their retirement security. The middle class is gravely threatened. What is happening in Cleveland is occurring nationwide.

Yet, Wall Street received over $13 trillion in bailouts, with untold millions for high salaries and bonuses, while Main Street loses its power through unemployment, reduced wages and benefits and little or no access to credit or investment capital. There is something fundamentally wrong with our economy which borrowing more money to spend on war cannot and will not cure. Perhaps nation building should begin at home.

An escalation of the war in Afghanistan at a time of such economic dislocation and hardship raises questions about America's priorities and whether or not we are losing our way as we attempt to stride aside the globe as some Colossus. Tomorrow we will begin anew the discussion.

Thank you.
Dennis


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December 11, 2009
11:07 AM
 CONTACT: Congressman Dennis Kucinich [1]
Nathan White [2] (202)225-5871
 

Congressman Kucinich’s Response to President Obama’s “Just War” Doctrine

WASHINGTON - December 11 - “Yesterday, our president mused about the inevitability of war, war’s instrumentality in the pursuit of peace and just wars. It is important for us to reflect on his words, because once we believe in the inevitability of war, war becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Once we are committed to war’s instrumentality in pursuit of peace, we begin the Orwellian journey to the semantic netherworld where War IS Peace, where the momentum of war overwhelms hopes for peace.  And once we wrap doctrines perpetuating war in the arms of justice, we can easily legitimate the wholesale slaughter of innocents.  The war against Iraq was based on lies.  Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan are based on flawed doctrines of counter-insurgency. War is often not just; sometimes it is just war. And our ability to rethink the terms of our existence, to explore the possibility of peace without war, may well determine whether we end war, or war ends us.”


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Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says as many as 1,000 more U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan during the first few months of 2015.

http://www.voanews.com/content/afghanistan-hagel/2548274.htmlhttp://