Thursday, March 15, 2007

Kucinich: Is Impeachment the Only Way to Stop War Against Iran?

Ohio Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich's congressional website posted the following press release.

Kucinich: Is Impeachment the Only Way to Stop War Against Iran?

Washington, Mar 15 - WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 15) — Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) gave the following speech on the floor of the House of Representatives today:

“This House cannot avoid its constitutionally authorized responsibility to restrain the abuse of Executive power.

“The Administration has been preparing for an aggressive war against Iran. There is no solid, direct evidence that Iran has the intention of attacking the United States or its allies.

“The United States is a signatory to the U.N. Charter, a constituent treaty among the nations of the world. Article II, Section 4 of the U.N. Charter states, “All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state. . .” Even the threat of a war of aggression is illegal.

“Article VI of the U.S. Constitution makes such treaties the Supreme Law of the Land. This Administration, has openly threatened aggression against Iran in violation of the U.S. Constitution and the U.N. Charter.

“This week the House Appropriations Committee removed language from the Iraq war funding bill requiring the Administration, under Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 of the Constitution, to seek permission before it launched an attack against Iran.

“Since war with Iran is an option of this Administration and since such war is patently illegal, then impeachment may well be the only remedy which remains to stop a war of aggression against Iran.”

Kucinich has consistently spoken out on the House floor and been an advocate for bringing to light the war this Administration is appearing to prepare against Iran.

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