Kucinich sends Origami cranes to Obama + A new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Mar 26, 2010

Kucinich Sends Message of Peace and Nuclear Disarmament to President Obama on Behalf of Japanese Students

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Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today sent 1000 paper cranes to President Obama, which he received from students visiting his office from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, to highlight the importance of nuclear disarmament. The students told the Congressman that they folded 23,000 cranes to represent the number of nuclear weapons estimated to exist in the world today.

“(The students’) visit was of particular significance as your Administration negotiates a new nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia. The successful ratification of such a treaty is vital in advancing support for a broader international nuclear nonproliferation initiative,” wrote Kucinich in a note to President Obama.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki are both cities where atomic weapons were detonated during World War II, resulting in massive civilian casualties and devastating health effects that persist to this day. The students, who visited Kucinich on March 24 in Washington, D.C, represent local peace groups in Japan who advocate for the eradication of nuclear weapons.

“Furthermore, their visit comes just before you plan to convene the World Nuclear Summit here in Washington, D.C., to discuss the advancement of a global nuclear disarmament track,” added Kucinich.


1550 warheads each: Details on new arms treaty from Lavrov, Gates

March 26, 2010

A new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, also known as START, will be signed on April 8th, in the Czech capital Prague. The date was set during a phone conversation between the Russian and American presidents. After almost a year of negotiations, the two sides have finally agreed on a way to cut their nuclear stockpiles by around 30 percent. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Defense Secretary Robert Gates gave details following the announcement of a new nuclear arms deal between Moscow and Washington.

1550 warheads each: Details on new arms treaty from Lavrov, Gates


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17 thoughts on “Kucinich sends Origami cranes to Obama + A new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty

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  5. More craven Kucinich; even with another START, still 15 TIMES as many nukes EACH (and NOT counting the other nucular powers’) as necessary to destroy the planet and Its People (e.g., only 100 bombs, like Israel!).

  6. Kucinich proved he is just as bought of a politician as Obama when he voted for the wealthcare bill. I admit that I was fooled by Kucinich for years, but I will never be fooled by him again.

    • Have you looked up his corporate campaign contributors? Do you suspect graft? Do you have any evidence or is it circumstantial conjecture?

      The people are not with us on single-payer nor public options.

      • Medicare for all has 65% or more support in the polls. The Public Option does almost as well. Obama’s wealthcare plan for the HMOs and health insurers is opposed by the majority.

        Until Kucinich’s heinous betrayal, I used to trust him just as much as you do. I’ll never trust him or respect him again.

        • Footnote please? Was this from like 2007? Bonafide pollster or biased?

          If 2/3 the populace wanted a properly sane healthcare system, they would have been as vocal and pressworthy as the born-again teaburthirs who hate socialized medicine with psychotic, mad-cow, prion-infected, mullet-headed, meat-eating ghoulishly obese zeal.

          Fact is, the people failed to act, the people are at fault. Neither Kucinich nor Obomba can be expected to do this alone.

          If there were these millions of pro-healthcare activists ranting about the waste of the wars and corporate healthcare, they would have gotten where the teabirthers are, who are WINNING, for decades now!

          I challenge people who claim they are for peace, justice and healthcare-for-all to make their position known in at least as an effective manner as the corporate teabirthers did their cracker hateful, self-destructive agenda.

          You’d need a civil-rights movement willing to suffer lynchings, dogs and hoses to get it, and that ain’t happening, not even close. The opposition to your position, minority or majority or splitting hairs, is exponentially more effective. Progressives categorically failed to enforce the righteousness of their agenda.

          Don’t blame Dennis for the failure of the people. His efforts amaze me.

        • So sorry as always to take us off topic (Cranes and Kucinich), of course always omit as needed, I took this off on the wrong topic, my bad. Somehow it’s to me all connected, in light of the news.

          Healthcare isn’t even close in priority to nuclear war, just deeply annoyed at the sudden news about this bill when such worse things threaten and ‘progressives’ really don’t care.

        • No problem, Natureboy. Really when you think about it most of these topics are related. If we didn’t spend so much of the budget on weapons, military, the Pentagon, etc we would have enough funds for healthcare for all.

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  8. All it takes is one.
    Why is this all taking so long? Why wasn’t there more progress prior?
    Next batch please. Discombobulate all of them.

    (Excellent crane, love that paper!)

    • Thanks, Natureboy. I used to be an Origami instructor back in the “old” days of being a stay-at-home mother. I can’t tell you how many cranes I’ve folded, very many. One of these days I may photograph some of the models I’ve folded, got some pretty neat ones, a winged dragon, a space shuttle, a jack-in-the-box that folds down into the box, all sorts of animals and birds.

  9. That’s beautiful. The road is long and the future unknown, but apparently there has been a small bit of progress on this front, and for that I am profoundly grateful.

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