Submitted by Bob Fertik
November 28, 2007
Kucinich sounded the alarm about Bush’s construction of permanent bases back on 4/14/05, when he released a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report that found over $1 billion for military construction in Iraq and Afghanistan. His spokesman writes:
I found this in a few minutes by typing in “Kucinich permanent bases in Iraq” in Google. I think it’s touching that Dodd supporters are claiming to be first to oppose permanent bases.
Beyond that, of course, in early 2002, Dennis Kucinich became the first person running for President to speak up against the war in Iraq. Later in 2002, he was the only Democrat running who actually voted against the war.
On 2/15/03, the day “the world said no to war”, Kucinich spoke against the impending war in New York City at the huge antiwar rally there–the only one running who attended such a rally.
Later in 2003, Kucinich put forward a plan to get us completely out of Iraq in 90 days. His tag line for that plan was “U.S. out, U.N. in”.
In 2006, Kucinich cosponsored Rep. Barbara Lee’s bill to close permanent bases, which did pass the House.
In 2007 Kucinich has continued to run against the war; has called and voted consistently for no more funding for the war; has challenged his party repeatedly on the leadership’s claim that we need 60 votes to end the war; and has called repeatedly for bringing all the troops out of Iraq, closing the bases, no more contracts for Halliburton; and no privatizing of Iraq’s oil.
And, of course, he is the only one running who is trying to impeach Bush & Cheney for the lies that led to the war in the first place, plus the current threats against Iran.
I could go on, but I’ll stop, except to say that the blogosphere’s open hostility towards Kucinich continues to baffle me. If bloggers don’t want to support Dennis for some reason, so be it; but it’s wrong to disrespect him so blatantly, as so many bloggers do; it’s wrong to mock his looks, as if that had anything to do with his policies or his principles; and it’s just not right to try to take his proudest, bravest moments away from him, by pretending he does not exist. On most of the key issues that Democrats care about–the war against Iraq, the occupation of Iraq; the threats against Iran, fair trade, single-payer health care, the Patriot Act, gay marriage, impeachment–the Congressman from a largely blue-collar, ethnic district in Ohio was there first, usually a long time ago.
Kucinich is the first candidate to acknowledge Bush built permanent bases, and to say he will close them. And he has the record to prove it, including co-sponsoring Barbara Lee’s resolution against permanent bases in 2005, opposing permanent bases in a floor speech in 2006, and calling the current Democratic plan for Iraq a “total fraud” just last week because it would permit permit bases.
h/t: After Downing Street
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