Kucinich on attacking Iran

May 8, 2007

On March 1, 2007, Democratic Representative and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich gave this speech on the floor of the House of Representatives:

“I am totally opposed to any attack on Iran. It would have disastrous consequences for Iran, the U.S., the region, and the world. It would put 140,000 U.S. troops in great jeopardy. It would expose Israel to maximum peril. Even the talk about such an attack should be subject to a review not only by Congress, but by an international tribunal. Iran has neither the intention nor the capability of attacking the United States, yet the administration has been preparing for some time for an aggressive war against Iran.

“Congress must insist the administration come forward now with facts, not fiction, regarding Iran. We must not allow the President to remain unchallenged while he continues to use the media to create a pretext for an illegal war.

“Congress must insist the President come to the full Congress for permission to take any action against Iran. If the President proceeds to attack Iran after an express congressional authorization under article I, section 8, both he and the Vice President should be subject to impeachment.

“We must take a stand against aggressive war or we will lose our democracy.”

None of the other candidates: Obama, Clinton, Edwards, or any of the republicans have ruled out attacking Iran.  None of the others consistently voted against attacking Iraq and funding the continued occupation.  Kucinich did, consistently.

I’m almost tempted to vote next year.


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