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Dennis Kucinich: Cut Off Funding For Iraq

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on November 17th, 2006 12:44 pm by HL

Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Cut Off Iraq War Funding

Dennis KucinichTRUTHDIG: I was just reading up on your [Nov. 15] appearance on Democracy Now!, in which you talked about cutting off the funds to Iraq as being the only way to make any progress there. Do you want to comment on that?

KUCINICH: Today, it was announced that 2,000 more Marines are being sent to Anbar province—a place which was already declared “lost” for the purposes of military occupation. Why are we sacrificing our young men and women? Why are we keeping them in an impossible situation? Why are we stoking a civil war with our continued presence? We have to take a new direction in Iraq, and that direction is out.

Now, there are many plans out there. The people talking about phased redeployment, the president as the commander in chief ultimately has the authority to determine the placement of troops. Congress’ real authority, and Congress’ constitutional [mandate] as a co-equal branch of government, requires that it be heard from, and I believe that Congress must exercise its authority to protect the troops by bringing them home. And the only way we can do that effectively is to vote against supplemental appropriations—which has kept the war going, or to vote against appropriation bills which fund the war. That’s Congress’ ultimate power—the power of the purse.
If we truly care about our troops, we’ll get them out.

H.L.s Take
Kucinich is right, The Democrats are in a position to cut off funding for Iraq, which will have to end the war, but will they do that? Will they respond to the will of the people, or to the people who pull the strings and shower them with money. If the Democrats do not do what the people voted them in to do, then they should all be voted back out in 2008, for candidates who will.

4 Responses to “Dennis Kucinich: Cut Off Funding For Iraq”

  1. Buck Says:

    If they cut off funding they know the American people will CULL the democratic party! Call the troops ingnorant, call the troops poor, cut off vital funding. The democratic party leaders flirt with their own demise! Kucinich has got to be one of the dumbest asses alive!

  2. HL Says:

    Buck there was this election a week or so ago, you might have heard of it. In that election Republcians lost across the board. Why? the main reason was the Iraq war which the majority of the people want over with asap, So there will be no culling going on if the Dems cut off funding for the war. They will win even more seats, and the Presidency in ’08

  3. Buck Says:

    As you know H.L. not ALL of America had senate or congressional elections. What did we learn then? We learned that the senate elections in Missouri, Montana, and Virginia were so close that the democrats will probably still loose those states in a presidential matchup. Hillary will drop those three states in 08 I promise you! I hardly follow the polls! It is interesting to note however that the polls that have caught my eye are the Hillary Polls! So, HL. You think America wants to pull out of Iraq do you? Because of the midterms? Huhhhh? Why then do the polls from your side of the isle show Hillary, or Dean or whoever the hell else loosing to Mccain or Guliani in the general! Mccain wants to send more troops! Unpopular with America you think? Apparently not so according to the general election matchup senerios! Its a political rubix-cube that the dems cant figure out! It is because of what they are bad at! The old achilles heel! The old hemmohroid on the ass! The fly in the oinment ! It is bacause they suck on nati……….Well,….it dont even need to be said anymore because it is so well known. So natural! So normal, So ever omni-present and consistant ! So much so that the dems will NEVER again take a presidential election! They will just ponder over subtle localized victories and remain forever and rightously in check by the veto pen being weilded like a freedom sword by a REPUBLICAN president! Dont you think HL?????

  4. LA Says:

    This is the only way that I can see stopping the war. Stop the funding. This is what the Congress should be doing. Whenever the executive branch gets out of control, stop funding and the war ends.

    The only accomplishments by the Congress in the past 6 years have been to drive our economy into low gear, bankrupt our treasury, piss people off, and be an abject failure.

    For the next two years, it’s time to clean house. Get rid of the old repub baggage.