Kucinich: Congress Votes Overwhelmingly Against Authorizing the War + Defeat the Authorization for the War

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by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
Washington, June 24, 2011

Attention Now Turns to Kucinich-Amash Amendment for Total Cutoff of Funds

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement after the House of Representatives rejected a measure offered by Representative Rooney that would have limited the U.S. involvement in the war in Libya. The Rooney bill was defeated after a bill authorizing the war in Libya was soundly defeated by 295 to 123.

“Congress today voted overwhelmingly against authorizing the war. The Rooney resolution was defeated because many Members felt that it did not go far enough in that it wasn’t a total cutoff of funding. But that condition is soon to be resolved.

“The most powerful opportunity to end the war in Libya now becomes the bipartisan Kucinich-amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would fully cut off all funds for the war,” said Kucinich.

“The American people do not support this war. Congress does not support this war.”


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Kucinich: Defeat the Authorization for the War

by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
Washington, June 24, 2011

Constitution Must Not be a Doormat, Congress Must not be a Rubber Stamp

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who has led bipartisan opposition to the war in Libya, today addressed the House, urging his colleagues to take a two-step approach to ending the U.S. involvement in the war in Libya.

Congressman Kucinich will also be sending messages encouraging his colleagues to end the war with two votes. Step 1; Vote YES for H.R. 2278, which ends U.S. direct hostilities immediately, and Step 2; Vote YES for the Kucinich-Amash resolution to the FY 2012 Department of Defense Appropriations bill to end all involvement in the war by October 1, 2011.

The full text of Congressman Kucinich’s address follows:

“We have been in Afghanistan for ten years at a cost of over a half trillion dollars, in Iraq for eight years at a long term cost of at least three trillion.

“Those who told us the war in Libya would last days, now want to extend it for another year at total cost of billions.

“It is surreal we could even be considering authorizing this war at a time when the government is collapsing in debt.

“Those who told us the war in Libya was to save civilians’ lives quickly switched to regime change with innocent civilians dying from NATO’s bombs.

“Prior to NATO assuming responsibility, we launched hundreds of cruise missiles and dropped tons of bombs on Libya. Since NATO took over, the U.S. has struck from the air at least 90 times, including drone attacks. But these are not hostilities, claims the White House, so what business is it of Congress?

“We must put an end not only to the war in Libya, but we must put an end to the thinking that the Constitution is a doormat and that our constituents must simply bear the consequences of the misguided policies of this Administration without this Congress having any say whatsoever.

“Defeat the authorization for the war. Vote for the Rooney bill which limits the war and when we return let’s vote for a total cutoff of funds for this wrongheaded adventure.”


Bipartisan House coalition votes to rebuke Obama on Libya

By David Lightman
June 24, 2011

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted 295 to 123 Friday to deny congressional consent for U.S. military involvement in Libya, a rebuke of President Barack Obama’s policy and an expression of lawmakers’ frustration with his reluctance to consult with them on it.


via Bipartisan House coalition votes to rebuke Obama on Libya | McClatchy


Dennis Kucinich Debates H. J. RES. 68

 on Jun 24, 2011

Dennis Kucinich debates H. J. RES. 68 on the Floor of the US House of Representatives.


10 Reasons to Oppose the War in Libya

by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
Washington, Jun 21, 2011

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who has led House opposition to the illegal, unconstitutional and unwarranted war in Libya, today distributed the following leaflet to his colleagues ahead of the consideration of the Fiscal Year 2012 Department of Defense Appropriations bill:

10 Reasons to Oppose the War in Libya

1. It is unconstitutional.  Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution gives Congress the war power.  The President has made it clear he believes he does not need Congressional consent to conduct this war.  If Congress does not challenge this war, there will be more wars to follow.

2. It is illegal.  The War Powers Resolution was passed over a presidential veto to allow the President latitude to respond when there is an imminent threat to the U.S. while retaining the constitutional duty of Congress.  Even the President’s own top legal advisers at the Pentagon and Department of Justice determined the War Powers Resolution applies to the war in Libya.

3. Americans don’t want it.  A CBS News poll dated June 8, 2011 found that “six in 10 Americans do not think that the United States should be involved in the conflict within that country.  Just 30% of Americans think the United States is doing the right thing by taking part in the current military conflict in Libya now.  A majority of Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike think the U.S. should not be involved in Libya.”

4. Distraction.  The flailing economy demands the full attention of Congress and the President.  The American people have little patience for less, especially for a war of choice.

5. Cost.  The U.S. has spent $750 million so far for a war locked in stalemate.  It was supposed to be a quick – and therefore relatively inexpensive – job.  Iraq was too.

6. We are paying for NATO’s war.  According to the most recent data available, until May 5, the U.S. provided 93% of the cruise missiles, 66% of the personnel, 50% of the ships and 50% of the planes in the war.  The administration has claimed the U.S. share of the burden has decreased and the U.S. role is ostensibly “non-kinetic” with little risk to Americans since the U.S. passed off the war to NATO in early April.  However, since then, according to the New York Times, “American warplanes have struck at Libyan air defenses about 60 times, and remotely operated drones have fired missiles at Libyan forces about 30 times, according to military officials.”

7. War to protect civilians is killing civilians.  According to The Washington Post, a NATO “blast flattened a two-story house, killing two children and seven adults” on Sunday.  This war was sold to Congress and the American people as a “humanitarian war” meant to protect Libyan civilians.  U.S. participation is fueling a civil war.  Civilians die in wars.

8. The U.N. Resolution that authorized limited military action did not allow for regime change.  U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 allows for a no-fly zone but does not allow for regime change, which has nevertheless become the stated goal of NATO member nations.

9. Allies weakening.  Some governments are showing reticence to continue participation in the wake of the civilian deaths.  Other participating governments are facing waning support at home.

10.  Stalemate.  We are fueling a civil war and stalemate.  Both sides claim to be winning.  Both are losing.  We ought to be promoting a political solution, because there is no military solution.


Dennis Kucinich Debates H.R. 2278

 on Jun 24, 2011

Dennis Kucinich debates H.R. 2278 on the Floor of the US House of Representatives.


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