Kucinich Leads 45 Members In Opposing National Defense Authorization Act

Dandelion Salad

by Dennis Kucinich

Congress Votes To Intensify Tensions Between The US & Iran

Washington, Jan 16 – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who led the charge in opposing the National Defense Authorization Act on the floor of the House of Representatives today, released the following statement after voting against more war:

“This is a foreign policy blunder that needs to be remedied quickly,” Kucinich said.

Kucinich – who read the 1,513 page document – went to the House floor, objected to the bill and called for a recorded vote. The act passed by a vote of 369-46.

Kucinich pointed out to his colleagues the language in Sec. 229 of the Act. It states, in part:

Congress finds that Iran maintains a nuclear program in continued defiance of the international community while developing ballistic missiles of increasing sophistication and range that pose a threat to the forward-deployed forces of the United States.

However, just last month, a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) report affirmed that Iran does not have an active weapons program. The NIE report concluded that if Iran were to end the freeze of its weapons program, it would still be at least two years before they would have enough highly enriched uranium to produce a nuclear bomb and it would be “very unlikely” Iran could produce enough material by then.

“There is absolutely no intelligence to back up these erroneous claims made by the Administration. All they are doing is ratcheting up tensions between the United States and Iran. There is no threat to the international community from Iran right now, nor will there be in the near future,” Kucinich said.

“Congress has given an undeserved victory to President Bush’s campaign to launch a second war — this time against Iran — by codifying this erroneous, unsupported claim.

“We have to be very cautious about building out an entire part of our defense, planning for an attack from Iran when we haven’t even made an effort to use diplomacy,” Kucinich said on the House floor today.

“Yet we are actually defining and making a connection between a nuclear capability, which Iran clearly doesn’t have at this moment, and ballistic missiles. And by creating that linkage we are actually creating an architecture of fear. I don’t think that is a sensible way for the greatest nation in the world to be pursuing its policy.”

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