Alliance for Democracy

16 House members back Kucinich’s debate on Obama’s AfPak war‏

Posted in Afghanistan, Kucinich by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on March 9, 2010

Hi, AfDers and friends,

The wars continue and Rep Dennis Kucinich continues to be the congressional leader of the opposition to those wars.  He has now introduced a privileged resolution to force congress to have a debate about our actions in Afghanistan.  Not a single representative from Oregon or Washington is on the list of Co-sponsors.  Get them a call.  Tell them to co-sponsor.

And mark this on your calendars.  March 20 (Saturday) marks 7 years that the United States has been in Iraq with American troops.  On that day, we in Portland will once again gather to voice our continuing opposition to American policy.  Here are the details:

IRAQ, SEVEN YEARS LATER

CHANGE US FOREIGN POICY-BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME!
Saturday, March 20, 12 Noon, Terry Schrunk Plaza at SW 3rd and Madison.  We will march to the First Unitarian Church at SW 12th and Main for a 1:00 PM Teach-in.

End the Occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine
Stop the Expanding Attacks in the Middle East: No drone strikes in Pakistan
No War on Iran
US Out of Latin America.

download a flyer here.  Please print a few and get them posted around the city.

Please forward this message.

For more information:  www.pjw.info/ 503.236.3065 /iraq@pjw.info
Coordinated by Peace and Justice Works, Iraq Affinity Group.

David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland Chapter


Kucinich Forces Congress to Debate Afghanistan

by: Robert Naiman, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed, March 6, 2010
http://www.truthout.org/kucinich-forces-congress-debate-afghanistan57433

On Thursday, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduced H. Com Res. 248, a privileged resolution with 16 original cosponsors that will require the House of Representatives to debate whether to continue the war in Afghanistan. Debate on the resolution is expected early next week. Original cosponsors of the Kucinich resolution include John Conyers, Jr. (D-Michigan); Ron Paul (R-Texas); José Serrano (D-New York); Bob Filner (D-California); Lynn Woolsey (D-California); Walter Jones, Jr. (R-North Carolina); Danny Davis (D-Illinois); Barbara Lee (D-California); Michael Capuano (D-Massachusetts); Raúl Grijalva (D-Arizona); Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin); Timothy Johnson (R-Illinois); Yvette Clarke (D-New York);  Eric Massa (D-New York), Alan Grayson (D-Florida) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine).

The Pentagon doesn’t want Congress to debate Afghanistan. The Pentagon wants Congress to fork over $33 billion more to pay for the current military escalation, no questions asked, no restrictions imposed for a withdrawal timetable or an exit strategy. Ideally, from the point of view of the Pentagon, Congress would fork over  that money right away, before the coming Kandahar offensive that the $33  billion is supposed to pay for, because you can expect a lot of bad news out  of Afghanistan in the form of deaths of American soldiers and Afghan  civilians once the Kandahar offensive starts, and it would sure be awkward if all that bad news reached Washington while the $33 billion was hanging fire.

So it’s a great thing that Kucinich and his 16 allies are forcing Congress to debate the issue, and it would be even better if more Members of Congress
> would be urged by their constituents to support Kucinich’s resolution. That  would be a signal to the House leadership that continuation of the open-ended war and occupation is controversial in the House, and the House leadership should not try to ram through $33 billion more for the war on a fast-track without ample opportunity for debate and amendment.

Every day the Afghanistan war continues is another day on which the United States government plays Russian roulette with the lives of American soldiers and Afghan civilians.

The British government has more urgency than the US government about ending the war – and is more supportive than the US of a political solution to end the conflict – because in Britain there is greater public outcry.

If there were greater public and Congressional outcry in the US, we could be more like Britain, and get our government on board the train to a political
solution, instead of prolonging the war indefinitely.

The first step towards bringing our troops home is for members of Congress hear from their constituents.

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