Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Congress Has Not Accomplished Its Mission

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

Congress Has Not Accomplished Its Mission
We Must Stop Funding The War

Washington, May 1 - WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 1) — Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) gave the following speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today:

“Four years ago the President declared ‘mission accomplished.’

“I would ask the President, whose mission was accomplished by the invasion and occupation of Iraq? Was Halliburton’s mission accomplished? Was the oil companies’ mission accomplished? Was the defense contractors’ mission accomplished?

“I was at Arlington Cemetery this morning where so many of our brave young men and women responded to the call of duty. Their mission was to put their lives on the line for America. They accomplished their mission.

“This Congress has not accomplished its mission. We must stop funding the war. We must end the occupation. We must use the money in the pipeline to bring our troops home.

“We must reach out to the nations of the region to create an international peace keeping and security force to stabilize Iraq. And we must bring to justice, under our Constitution and under the laws of this nation, those in high office who took us into a war based on lies.

“Then we will have accomplished our mission. Then we will have restored America’s honor and greatness.”

In October 2002, Kucinich performed an analysis that proved the Administration led the United States to war based on a long list of falsifications.

On February 28, 2007, Kucinich introduced HR 1234 -- a plan for the United States to use existing money to bring the troops and necessary equipment home and transition to an international security and peacekeeping force.

Kucinich first introduced a withdrawal plan from Iraq three years ago when he proposed that the United States hand the United Nations control of Iraq, including its oil resources and contracts for rebuilding.

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