America's King George III may get a challenge from the left on Afghanistan.
December 11, 2009 - 12:22am ET
Leave it to Ohio's Dennis Kucinich to do what no one else in Congress has the courage to do. The Representative from the Buckeye State's tenth Congressional District is looking to force a vote on withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to a report by RAW Story.
For congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Afghan President Hamid Karzai's announcement Tuesday that his country would need the US's military support for another 10 or 15 years seems to have been the last straw.
The outspoken House representative says it was Karzai's statement that prompted him to draft a resolution calling for a House vote on the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
"We shouldn't be there another 15 to 20 months, let alone 15 to 20 years," Kucinich told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "When I'm in my district talking to people, nobody has come up to me and said we need to be in Afghanistan for the next 15 to 20 years. They do say we need jobs, we need to protect our basic industry, we need education, we need to protect retirement security. I'd like to see us start taking care of things here at home."
Kucinich tried to initiate impeachment proceedings against Dick Cheney using this same method. Unfortunately, he'll get absolutely no support from his own political party. We can't pay for basic services here in the United States, such as medical care and infrastructure including bridges, highways, and electrical grids, but oh how we have money for genocidal killing and for Wall Street criminals. And the political party that is supposed to be against all this is instead enabling it. It's madness.
Small wonder that rumblings of a repeat of 1994 abound. With Democrats like the bunch we elected to power, who needs Republicans? I don't know about you, but it's time we on the left finally get Dennis Kucinich's back and help him end these wars. Click the link to the House Telephone Directory and use it to get in touch with your representatives. Tell them that if they want your money and votes next year, they'd damn well better do as they're told and end this occupation.
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