Kucinich: We Are Losing Our Nation to Lies About the Necessity of War
WASHINGTON - 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
"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
"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.
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"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
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