Updated: June 30, 2010 added the transcript to the 2nd video
Updated: June 28, 2010; added another video
by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Jun 28, 2010
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement on the floor of the House concerning an expected vote on a $33 billion supplemental war funding bill:
“In a little more than a year the United States flew $12 billion in cash to Iraq, much of it in $100 bills, shrink wrapped and loaded onto pallets. Vanity Fair reported in 2004 that ‘at least $9 billion’ of the cash had ‘gone missing, unaccounted for.’ $9 billion.
“Today, we learned that suitcases of $3 billion in cash have openly moved through the Kabul airport. One U.S. official quoted by the Wall Street Journal said, ‘A lot of this looks like our tax dollars being stolen.’ $3 billion. Consider this as the American people sweat out an extension of unemployment benefits.
“Last week, the BBC reported that “the US military has been giving tens of millions of dollars to Afghan security firms who are funneling the money to warlords.” Add to that a corrupt Afghan government underwritten by the lives of our troops.
“And now reports indicate that Congress is preparing to attach $10 billion in state education funding to a $33 billion spending bill to keep the war going.
“Back home millions of Americans are out of work, losing their homes, losing their savings, their pensions, and their retirement security. We are losing our nation to lies about the necessity of war.
“Bring our troops home. End the war. Secure our economy.”
See the video here. [see below]
We are Losing our Nation to Lies about the Necessity of War
DJKucinich | June 28, 2010 | 1:23
Dennis Kucinich: End the Wars! Now!
electdennis | June 28, 2010 | 4:14
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Hi, Dennis here.
As you know, I’ve been leading the effort to try to stop our country from continuing its tragic mistake in Afghanistan. We need to rally, America, to say it’s time to end the war once and for all: To set a date and to stick by it to end the war and it can’t be in 2011, 2012. We can slow-walk the end of this war for another decade.
That’s not acceptable. It’s not acceptable because of the loss of lives of our troops, because of the loss of lives of innocent civilians, because of the corrupt government of Afghanistan, because there is no way to win and establish a democracy in Afghanistan, because we can’t afford the war, because we have things at home that need to be taken care of: to create jobs, to save homes, to help rebuild our cities. We cannot continue to afford this war in any way, shape or form.
And so, I’m going to continue my efforts to not only create a debate, but also to build the votes so that when the war appropriation comes up again, we will have garnered an even stronger vote to get out of Afghanistan.
I’m asking for your continued support in this effort, not just your financial support – but your moral support. I’m asking you to talk to your friends and neighbors, to spread the word that we need to get out of Afghanistan. We must take a new direction in our international position.
We have to end the War in Iraq. We know that the war was based on lies. Americans now need to continue to focus on what’s occurring in Afghanistan – the level of corruption that keeps rising is damaging not only our nation’s credibility, but also damaging any hopes that we might have to achieve peace in the world. Clearly, a new approach is called for.
As the oil continues to rise up from the seabed in the Gulf of Mexico, I brought to the floor of the House an amendment that would limit the ability of oil companies, who drill in the outer continental shelf, to be able to try to influence federal elections.
We are aware that the U.S. Supreme Court case (Citizens United) has been devastating to our ability to have real control over our political process. We know that the Buckley v. Valeo case – give speech to those that have money, but if you don’t have money you don’t have free speech – will have a severe impact on the election process.
This means now, more than ever, your participation in the political process, no matter how humble, needs to be felt. The voices of millions of individual Americans, acting out of concern for their government, can through a collective voice outweigh the tremendous influence of corporations. We must take a new direction with respect to campaign financing.
Finally, we need to let the Gulf of Mexico catastrophe be an opportunity to create a new direction with our energy policies. An opportunity to unite America in a grand cause to clean up, not just the Gulf, but to clean up our nation. To clean up not only its politics but to clean up America’s environment. You’ll be hearing more from me very soon about this endeavor.
But, for now, I want to say thank you for your help.
Thank you very much.