In the debate on the Iraq war in the House of Representatives on Thursday, Dennis Kucinich (D-OH 10th) appeared to despair of effective Congressional opposition to the Iraq war.  --  He appealed to the American people to "bring an end to this war, as they brought an end to the war in Vietnam."[1]  --  "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."  --  On Monday, according to a posting on Rep. Kucinich's web site, he made an impassioned statement about the supplemental spending bill, saying:  "The Administration went into Iraq without an exit strategy not because they are incompetent, but because they have no intention of leaving.  --  We are spending hundreds of millions building permanent bases in Iraq. . . . We are looking at the permanent occupation of Iraq. . . . What can you say when you are watching your nation descend, sleep walking, into something like the lower circles of hell in Dante’s Inferno?  You can say stop it!  You can say enough blood is enough blood!  You can stop it!  Bring our troops home!  You can say no to any more funds for this war!  And then we can begin a period of truth and reconciliation about 9/11 and Iraq.  Begin the healing of the soul of America.  The Bible says, 'He who troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind.'  Our house has been troubled by this war based on lies.  What will our inheritance be?"[2] ...

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ON THE HOUSE IRAQ WAR DEBATE
By Dennis Kucinich (D-OH 10th)

United States House of Representatives
June 15, 2006

http://www.kucinich.us/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=28198#28198

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 cutoff 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, nonviolent 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 building everywhere.

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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STATEMENT ON THE WAR SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING BILL ON THE HOUSE FLOOR MONDAY EVENING
By Dennis Kucinich

United States House of Representatives
June 12, 2006

http://www.kucinich.us/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=28198#28198

Mass death on the installment plan. That’s what this supplemental vote to keep our troops in Iraq is all about.

Today Iraqi civilian casualties number well over 100,000. Iraqi civilian injuries could be over one million, but who is keeping track? Some act as though the Iraqis are not real people, with real families, real hopes, and real dreams and loves of their own.

We have lost nearly 2,500 of our own brave soldiers. Up to 48,000 troops have suffered physical or emotional injuries that could scar them and their loved ones for life.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Steiglitz says the war could cost $2 trillion dollars. Two trillion dollars for war while the American people are told we don’t have enough money for job creation, education, health care, and social security.

The Administration went into Iraq without an exit strategy not because they are incompetent, but because they have no intention of leaving.

We are spending hundreds of millions building permanent bases in Iraq. The Administration recently announced deployment of no less than 50,000 troops in Iraq far into the future. We are looking at the permanent occupation of Iraq.

And so the long cadence of lies has led to Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and Haditha, soon to be replaced by more lies and more tragedies.

What can you say when you are watching your nation descend, sleep walking, into something like the lower circles of hell in Dante’s Inferno?

You can say stop it! You can say enough blood is enough blood!

You can stop it! Bring our troops home!

You can say no to any more funds for this war! And then we can begin a period of truth and reconciliation about 9/11 and Iraq. Begin the healing of the soul of America. The Bible says, 'He who troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind.' Our house has been troubled by this war based on lies. What will our inheritance be?