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Kucinich On House Iraq War Debate
Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), who has led opposition within the
Congress to the Iraq war from the beginning, gave the following floor
speech on Thursday.
"The President will not bring an end to this war. He says it will be a
decision for the next president. But he is building permanent bases in
Iraq; and he is determined to keep a force of at least 50,000 in Iraq into
the distant future
"This Congress may not bring an end to this war. Because the real power
to end the war is in a cut off of funds. Congress keeps appropriating
funds in the name of the troops and the troops will stay in Iraq instead
of coming home.
"Only the American people can bring an end to this war as they brought an
end to the war in Vietnam.
"Let this be a time for a stirring of civic soul. It is time for a
reawakening of civic conscience.
"There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. But, there are WMDs
in DC. Lies are Weapons of Mass Destruction: 2,500 American soldiers have
died. Over 100,000 innocent Iraqis have died. It is a time for an end to our national sleep walk through the graveyard of the Iraq war.
"It is time for truth, a time for clarity. A time for action. A time for
teach-ins, for meet-ups, for marches, for rallies about the war to begin
at college campuses, at churches at labor halls, at libraries. Time to
gather in civic centers, in town halls, to discuss the truth about this
war, and to plan civic action to end it.
"It is time for the American people to exercise their First Amendment
rights to stand up, to speak out. Time to redirect the policies of this
country. Time to learn and practice peaceful, non-violent conflict
resolution. Time to believe in our capacity to evolve beyond war. To
believe, and act upon the belief that war is not inevitable, that peace is
inevitable - - if we are ready to commit to the daily work of peace
"The Global War on Terror has become a Global War of Error. Attacking or
threatening countries which did not attack us. Bombing neighborhoods to
save neighborhoods. Committing atrocities in the name of stopping
atrocities. Losing our vision, losing our way in the world, sacrificing
our children and their future, giving up their future resources for
education, for health care, for housing, piling it high on the altar of
war. Worshiping a false god of destruction.
"When we begin these proceedings with this remembrance: Thine is the
Kingdom, the Power and the Glory." We are not talking about any nation,
we are talking about a Force which is above all of us. The world is not
ours to conquer. There is no glory in the abuse of power.
"The President will not bring an end to this war. This Congress will not
bring an end to this war, absent the Murtha Resolution. But the American
people will certainly bring an end to this war. They will do it in the
streets. And they will do it at the ballot box. The American people will
become the Out of Iraq Caucus."
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