There's ONLY 92,000 Reasons to Get Out of Afghanistan and Pakistan... Take Your Pick
WikiLeaks released 92,000 previously secret documents (any one of which presumably could be a case for a congressional hearing) which demonstrate that Congress has not been given a true account of the war by either the military or by two administrations. ~ Videos
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is circulating the following letter to Members of Congress in advance of expected votes on Tuesday...
WikiLeaks released 92,000 previously secret documents (any one of which presumably could be a case for a congressional hearing) which demonstrate that Congress has not been given a true account of the war by either the military or by two administrations.
We cannot and must not ignore the latest documented evidence from WikiLeaks now circulating on the Internet for the entire world to see:
• Our troops being placed in mortal peril because of poor logistics.
• Countless innocent civilians killed “by mistake.”
• An Afghanistan “government” which is hopelessly corrupt.
• Pakistan Intelligence collaborating with the Taliban against the US.
• The Pentagon understating the firepower of the insurgents.
• A top Pakistani General visiting a suicide bombing school monthly.
Will we go deeper into the war in Afghanistan despite knowing that it is a growing disaster?
Will our Special Forces’ footprint in Pakistan widen without congressional consent?
Tomorrow there will be an opportunity to stop this madness. First we can vote FOR H. Con. Res 301, the Kucinich-Paul Resolution, which invokes the War Powers Resolution to require withdrawal of our troops from Pakistan, in order to nip the next ground war in the bud. Next, we can vote against the $33 billion supplemental war appropriation.
Don’t we know enough now to begin to demand an end to these wars? Can we ignore the budgetary impact of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially when there are so many pressing needs for jobs, housing, education, health care and retirement security here at home?
Vote FOR H.Con.Res 301, The Kucinich-Paul Resolution to Withdraw from Pakistan.
Vote Against the $33 Billion Iraq-Afghanistan-Pakistan War Supplemental.
Dennis Kucinich Announces Two Important House Votes
Cleveland, Ohio (July 26, 2010) – Congressman Dennis Kucinich announces that he and Congressman Ron Paul are joining in a cause focused at compelling the removal of U.S. military forces from Pakistan. Later this week, Congressman Kucinich will also support ending the War in Afghanistan by cutting off funding for the war.
Transcript follows below:
Hi everyone, Dennis here.
This week we have two very important votes for the future of this country and the future of the world. The first deals with Pakistan – House Concurrent Resolution 301, and the second deals with supplemental funding which will provide another 33-billion dollars to keep the War in Afghanistan going. I would like to speak to you briefly about both of those votes.
The first vote is likely to occur this Tuesday on House Concurrent Resolution 301, sponsored by myself and Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. This resolution aims to cause the United States to withdraw from Pakistan. Now, it’s not generally known that we have at least 124 Special Forces troops on the ground inside Pakistan. It is absolutely urgent that we take a stand to stop spreading war in Pakistan. To nip in the bud the U.S. ground presence.
We already know the U.S. has had missile strikes inside Pakistan since March of 2005 with a lot of innocent villagers killed. All that we can do is to expand the war into Pakistan, destabilize that government and have the United States fighting on still another front. We have to get out of Pakistan and that’s why Ron Paul and I have come together, for the first time, to force a vote on this question.
Later in the week we’ll be faced once again with the question whether to continue to fund the War in Afghanistan. The New York Times and other news agencies have taken WikiLeaks reports and have released this news globally. And what we’ve learned in the last 24 hours is that there is another secret war going on in Afghanistan. A war of failure. A war of our troops getting undermined by people that we think are working with us.
This is occurring in Pakistan, it’s also happening in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan government is a cesspool of corruption. There is no plausible way that anything even remotely resembling a democracy can be established there. Our presence there is an occupation fueling an insurgency.
We have to get out of Afghanistan. We owe it to our troops. We owe it to our national security. We owe it to our budget. We owe it to the American people who hope for a better life here at home.
So, again, this week, two important votes: one tomorrow to get out of Pakistan and, later this week, end the War in Afghanistan by cutting off funding. I’ll be in touch with you as matters progress.
I appreciate your on-going support. I need your help to continue to serve in the United States Congress.
Thank you, very much.
Kucinich: Leaked Documents Make Case for Kucinich/Paul Resolution to end Military Presence in Pakistan
by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Jul 26, 2010
This week the House of Representatives is expected to act on a bipartisan, privileged resolution offered by Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Ron Paul (R-TX) that would direct the President to remove our forces from Pakistan.
“It is important to debate our presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan now as the website Wikileaks yesterday released more than 90,000 classified reports on the war in Afghanistan. These reports not only provide further evidence that our presence in Afghanistan is counterproductive, but they also support long held suspicions that Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence Agency is providing support for the Taliban insurgents, even as the U.S. provides Pakistan with more than $1 billion in aid a year and is expanding its footprint on the ground within Pakistan’s borders.
“These documents provide a fuller picture of what we have long known about Afghanistan: the war is going badly. Nine years on and we are still uncovering evidence that our presence is counterproductive in Afghanistan. Now we want to further expand drone attacks and the presence of U.S. Special Forces in Pakistan? Congress must act to nip in the bud any attempt to expand the war across the border into Pakistan” said Kucinich.
The House is also expected to vote this week on an additional $33 billion for war.
“We can no longer look the other way, or pretend that the war is something that is it not. Occupying Afghanistan does not help further the freedom of the Afghan people. It is not the leak of documents that endangers the lives of American troops and our allies, it is the belief that occupying Afghanistan will make us safer. Congress must say no to war funding, bring our troops home, and invest in the American recovery,” said Kucinich.
Kucinich Leads Attack on War Spending
Cites Wikileaks on Pakistan Collusion with Taliban
by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Jul 27, 2010
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today gave the following address on the floor of the House of Representatives:
“Wake Up America. WikiLeaks’ release of secret war documents gave us 92,000 reasons to end the wars. Pick one.
“Wake Up America. Main Street is falling apart. Businesses have closed. Bankruptcies abound. People are losing their jobs, losing their homes, losing their retirement security. The middle class is falling apart. Workers’ rights are not being protected. The government is out of money. There is not even money for childhood nutrition.
“Wake up America. There is unlimited money for war. Money for a corrupt government in Afghanistan. When U.S. money is not going to the Karzai mob’s personal use, it goes to help the Taliban kill our troops. There is money for a corrupt government in Pakistan which helps the Taliban in Afghanistan kill our troops. Meanwhile, our troops are committing suicide in record numbers.
“Wake Up America. How can we solve the world’s problems if we can’t solve our own problems here at home?”
July 26, 2010 - Dandelionsalad
Note: Special thanks to DandelionSalad for compiling so much in one concise article.