Kucinich: Afghans Want to be Saved from Us, Not by Us
WASHINGTON - Following
a speech on the Floor of the House of Representative, Congressman
Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement:
are we still in Afghanistan? Al-Qaeda has been routed. Our occupation
fuels a Taliban insurgency. The more troops we send, the more
resistance we meet. If we want to be truly secure, we need to redefine
national security to include financial security. Yet America has record
debt, skyrocketing unemployment, huge trade deficits, record business
failures and foreclosures.
people of Afghanistan don’t want to be saved by us. They want to be
saved from us. Our presence and our Predator drones kill countless
innocents, creating more US enemies and destabilizing Pakistan. The
US-created Karzai government is hopelessly corrupt and despised by the
Afghan people. Our solution: Provide him with a high-level US minder
which will make him even less legitimate. Another strategy: Buy or
rent "friends" among would-be insurgents and give them guns and cash.
But when the money runs out they shoot at U.S. soldiers. We've played
all sides in Afghanistan and all the sides want us out. They do not
want our presence, our control, our troops, our drones, our way of
life. We are fighting the wrong war, in the wrong place at the wrong
time. What part of "get out" do we not understand?
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