Kucinich: House Iraq Resolution
Is A Farce
Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), Ranking Member of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, issued the following statement today on the House floor on H. Res. 691:
"My colleague has pointed out that the debate on this resolution is being covered by C-SPAN, I would suggest it should be covered by the Science Fiction Network. Let us not be fooled by this bill. The bill before us today endorses an illegal war that this nation entered into based on lies and misrepresentations. We must not forget Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, with al-Qaeda's role in 9/11. Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. It was wrong to go in, and it is wrong to stay in.
"The June 30th, sovereignty date this resolution discusses is a hoax. What kind of sovereignty will Iraq have with 130,000 US troops present? What kind of sovereignty does Iraq have when the US is now selling Iraq's oil and spending the money as it sees fit?
"This bill states that we are handing Iraq a 'safe, secure and stable' state. This could not be further from the truth.
"In effect it declares a desert an oasis, a swamp a garden, a lie the truth.
"The US occupation of Iraq is counterproductive. The continued US occupation will not end on June 30th. Make no mistake about it, on July 1st the violence will not end, the attacks will not stop and over 130,000 US troops will still be in harms way.
"It is time for us to recognize that our nation went down the wrong path. The policy is unsustainable and it is a failure. We cannot continue down this path.
"It is time for a peace plan and an exit strategy. It is time for us to get the international community involved and to bring our troops home. It is time to bring the UN in and get the US out.
"We should not be fooled, and I urge my colleagues to vote against this resolution. We should be looking to bring this Congress together with a new direction.
"This resolution does not do this. This resolution is a farce and should be defeated."