As if it wasn’t bad and illegal enough to sneak the US into an unconstitutional, undeclared war, Dennis Kucinich explains that the way Obama forced the US into the Libyan war and the way he has executed the US action in the war “….exceeds even the wars powers act…it exceeds the UN mandate.” Kucinich states that “…we have a presidency right now that is dangerously close to being an imperial presidency because what the white house is doing essentially is nullifying the role that Congress has.”
With real unemployment at around 22% and the recent admission that Goldman Sachs gave billions of dollars of the ‘bailout’ money they received from taxpayers to “overseas banks, hedge funds and pensions“, how can Congress possibly vote to spend another $37 billion of taxpayer money on wars that only create more enemies for the US? Will Congress ever stop selling out the America people?
Not only was the new war spending bill approved by the House, there was also a domestic spending package originally attached to the bill (which ‘contained a variety of domestic spending measures, including $10 billion for a fund to avoid layoffs of teachers, $5 billion for Pell Grants for low-income college students and $1 billion for a program to help teenagers and young adults get summer jobs’ ) that was cut from the approved version.
Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich join forces to push for U.S. withdrawal from Pakistan
With an approval rating of 37%,there are calls to end the war in Afghanistan coming from every direction. Here’s some more reasons to do so:
Leadership is in disarray, some claiming that the U.S. is in the middle of a military quagmire (now the longest war in U.S. history) and failing to weaken terrorist networks. “‘Even Afghans are confused by Afghanistan,’ [McChrystal] says. But even if he somehow manages to succeed, after years of bloody fighting with Afghan kids who pose no threat to the U.S. homeland, the war will do little to shut down Al Qaeda, which has shifted its operations to Pakistan.” Read full Rolling Stone article.
Taxpayer money ending up in the hands of the Taliban.
ABC: “U.S. Paying Taliban For Safe Passage Of Supply Trucks! 3000 USD Per Truck!”
ABC: “US Military Helping Afghan Farmers Grow Opium Poppies!” this not only supports the drug trade, but also ultimately provides more money to the Taliban).
Ron Paul: “I remain skeptical that as foreign occupiers we can ever impose Western-style democracy on another country.” The RS article quoted above also notes that Karzai, the would-be new ‘democratic’ leader of Afghanistan, is reluctant if not outright avoiding this potential position—not to mention the fact his credentials are shady at best.
Kucinich to Congress: “Bring Our Troops Home, End the War, Secure Our Economy.” Last but not least, we can’t afford it.
Dennis Kucinich is interviewed by Judge Napalitano, discussing Afghanistan, the BP oil spill, liberty vs. security, and a foreign policy that is likely leading to a failed empire.
From Raw Story, Dennis Kucinich addresses Congress:
…“We are destroying our nation’s moral and fiscal integrity with this war supplemental,” Kucinich argued on the House floor Tuesday. “Instead of ending wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan now by appropriating only enough money to bring our troops home, Congress abdicates its constitutional authority, defers to the president, and asks for a report. That’s right, all we are asking for is a report on when the president will end the war.”
Kucinich continued, “There is also money for the IMF, presumably to bail out private European banks. Billions for the IMF so they can force low and middle income nations to cut jobs, wages, health care and retirement security, just like corporate America does to our constituents. And there’s money to incentivize the purchase of more cars, not necessarily from U.S. manufacturers because a ‘Buy America’ mandate was not allowed.”
“Another $106 billion dollars and all we get is a lousy war,” Kucinich said. “Pretty soon that is going to be about the only thing made in America – war.”