Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
Kucinich: This War is Wrong And Must End
- March 28 - Today, at a press conference on Capitol Hill, Congressman
Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), who leads opposition to the war in
Iraq, issued the following statement:
has never made its case for war against Iraq. It is an unjustified
war, which the Administration continues to misrepresent and exaggerate.
The most recent example is the Administration's characterization
of international coalition support for this war.
President Bush once again exaggerated the extent of support for
the war stating that the coalition of countries supporting this
war is larger than the 1991 Gulf War. What Bush failed to mention
was that back in 1991, all of the 34 coalition members offered
military force, by contributing troops on the ground, aircraft,
ships or medics.
“This war involves
the troops of only the U.S., Britain, Australia, Poland and Albania.
Not even the three members of the Security Council that support
the war, Spain, Italy, and Bulgaria are committing military support.
Administration has been adding coalition member to their list
based on statements of “moral” support. As the Washington Post
reported last week, if this type of criteria was used back in
1991, the size of the coalition would likely have topped 100 countries.
total cost of the Gulf War to the United States was around $4
billion dollars. This time, the President has come to Congress
requesting a $75 billion bill, all of which will be paid by U.
S. taxpayers. Clearly, military and economic support from countries
is far more important than statements of “well-wishes”.
“This war must
end now. It was unjust when it started last week, and is still
unjust today. The U.S. should get out now and try to save the
lives of American troops and Iraqi citizens. Most importantly,
ending the war now and resuming weapons inspections could salvage
world opinion of the United States, which has been deteriorating
since the talk of war began. After all, the greatest threat to
the United States at this time is terrorism, which is breeding
from this war.”
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