Dennis Kucinich Challenges Sec. Gates on Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Feb 23, 2010

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), a vocal critic of the war in Afghanistan, yesterday wrote to Defense Secretary Robert Gates demanding information on the decision-making process and the underlying intelligence that led to a NATO attack on a civilian convoy. Media reports indicate that 27 civilians were killed, including women and children and many more were injured.

“The U.S. government has an obligation to protect civilians under international law. As Secretary of Defense, you have an obligation to ensure that all military operations conducted in Afghanistan are conducted in accordance to such laws…

“Please provide information about the events leading up to the air strike … a detailed description of how it was determined that the civilians traveling by minibus were Taliban insurgents, and the protocol for ordering this airstrike and all other airstrikes,” wrote Kucinich in the letter.

Kucinich demanded a response within two weeks, citing “the gravity of the situation and the tragic loss of life.” Kucinich added, “The United States must demonstrate a clear commitment to protecting civilian lives in Afghanistan, and the results of this investigation are vital to ensure that an adequate system of oversight and accountability is in place.”

Kucinich warned, “If necessary, I will direct the request for information via a Resolution of Inquiry in the House of Representatives.” A Resolution of Inquiry is a procedure to force a House vote to force the release of documents from the Executive Branch. Under House Rules, a Resolution of Inquiry must be referred to committee and acted upon within 14 legislative days.

Read the full letter here.


Dennis Kucinich, the 2010 General Election

February 23, 2010

on vodpod: Dennis Kucinich, the 2010 General Election


Transcript from an email

Protect Kucinich From Corporate Money Attacks

Hi, Dennis here.

Thank you for your support. I’d like to give you an update on the 2010 general election.

Now there are many people out there who feel, “…well, Dennis, you don’t have to worry. You’re in.” Don’t believe it! Because the fact of the matter is with the recent Supreme Court ruling, which lets corporations spend unlimited amounts of money to influence federal elections; we all better be very concerned.

You know that I’ve been a leader in challenging the military-industrial complex’s desire to just keep us at war. It’s not just that peace is an imperative, but we need to change the way that we relate to the rest of the world. And, in order to do that, we need to challenge the hold, which people have on our economy. And I’m talking about arms manufacture, arms expenditures. How our entire domestic agenda is being usurped by a war machine. And I’ve been a voice to challenge that.

I’ve also been a voice to challenge the bailouts to Wall Street, and the bonuses as well. I’ve been there to raise questions about why, in the world, are we subsidizing nuclear and coal industries when that’s not the path to sustainability; it’s not the path to a green economy.

In light of my often singular role in the Congress on these issues, I cannot rest easy and just assume that since I’m in reasonably good shape that this election is in-the-bag.

It’s not! The only way that I can be assured that I’ll continue to serve in the United States Congress is if I have the kind of fund raising network, of which you’re a part, and make sure that I have the resources to be able to conduct a vigorous campaign. And to send a message to those who would look at Ohio’s 10th District as being a plumb ripe to be picked from the Congressional tree; that that’s not going to happen. Because you and people like you all over America, care enough to contribute.

But I’m going to ask you to do something else in this election. And for those of you who are able to, I’m want to tell you how important it is that you become not just part of our fund raising network through your contributions; but I’m going to ask as many of you as possible to engage with us in our fund raising. Not just through contributions, which are extremely important, but to be a person who actually helps us raise funds. Someone who will hold a fund raiser at your home. Someone who will bring people together in your community.

I want to enlist your help in expanding our fund raising network in enabling all those who really care about an America that works for everyone. In enabling people to know that there’s someone in Congress they can always count on. Someone who will be there to challenge the insurance companies. Someone who will be there to challenge the banks. Someone who will be there to challenge all those interests that are trying to cheat the American people. And I will be there with your help. Let’s not take it for granted.

So, in the weeks ahead, you will be getting information about how you might be able to help. How you can organize a fund raising party in your home. We don’t need to raise massive amounts of money from any one place; we need to raise a lot of money from across the country through individual efforts such as you may be able to participate in. When you can have a fund raiser in your home, or at a community gathering. Sometimes I may be able to call-in or do a video for the event and, in some cases, even show up personally.

But, let me tell you, the guarantee that we have that this Congressional seat will continue to belong to the people of Ohio’s 10th District and, through their good graces, continue to be a place where people all over the United States can feel that their point of view is being expressed. The only way that’s going to happen is through your continued efforts.

So I ask you to make a contribution now. I ask you to help send a message to Wall Street that this district is not going to be for sale. That no matter how much corporations want to plan to try to usurp a spokesperson for the people, that you’re going to be there to challenge that. That you’ll be there with your efforts, with your money and with your organizational skills to help us to continue to stand up for the American people.

Thank you so much for enabling me to be in the United States Congress. Thanks to the people of the 10th District for giving me the chance to serve. But let’s prepare now for the 2010 general election. Let’s build a strong, unshakeable base of financial support so that when any of these interest groups who now have free-reign, unfortunately because it was a Supreme Court ruling, any of those groups would look at Ohio’s 10 District and say, “Off limits! This one belongs to the people.”

Thank you very much.

Thank you very much.


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7 thoughts on “Dennis Kucinich Challenges Sec. Gates on Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan

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  4. Thank you Dennis! (ONLY Dennis??)

    Interesting piece about having killed appeared just now in the NYT (interestingly), by a vet who killed a whole family in cold blood, in Afghanistan:

    And then there’s this wacky comment by some barefoot, backwoods longhair:

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