letter, New York Times, 9/7/11
Re “U.S. Tactics in Libya May Be a Model for Other Efforts” (news analysis, Aug. 29):
There is a lawless interventionism afoot. It is redefining America. The pretext in Libya: a massacre “could” occur. A United Nations resolution to protect the people became a vehicle to overthrow the government. Civilian casualties in Libya mounted after the United States and NATO attacked.
The United States, through NATO, ignored the Constitution and violated international law with impunity. Capitalizing on the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people, the United States and NATO (with cooperating oil interests) prevaricated to gain access to Libya’s wealth. Isn’t this what we did in Iraq?
To please the West, Libya cooperated with the Central Intelligence Agency, got rid of its weapons of mass destruction in 2004 and privatized its economy, causing widespread unemployment.
What message does this interventionist model send to Iran: cooperate and be destroyed?
What have we become if we permit predatory interventionism to go unchallenged? This isn’t about Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. It is about us. Who are we?
DENNIS J. KUCINICH
letter, Daily Local News, 6/22/11
I approve Rep. Joe Pitts’ “yea” votes on House Resolutions 51 and 292, which direct the President to remove U.S. armed forces from Libya and states that the President shall not deploy U.S. armed forces on the ground in Libya.
Already we have spent almost a billion dollars on the Libyan military operations.
I hope that our Congress demands that we bring all our troops home from both Iraq and Afghanistan. We are destroying those two countries while we neglect our own poverty-stricken citizens and our rapidly deteriorating infrastructure which the American Society of Civil Engineers gives an overall unsatisfactory grade of “D” and they estimate would cost $2.2 trillion to repair — a sum we have squandered already on our wars in those two countries.
The money per year that it takes to support our troops in Afghanistan would give 2 million American jobs in the U.S. at $50,000 a year each, and that would give a real good boost to our own ailing economy.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors has just done something it hasn’t done since Vietnam, passing a resolution that supports efforts to speed up the ending of our current wars and calls on the President and Congress to “bring these war dollars home to meet vital human needs.”
Ask Congress and the President to listen.
Events are snowballing. The President is about to announce whether he will violate his commitment to a significant withdrawal from Afghanistan in July. The House of Representatives is passing amendments blocking funding for the Libya War, and 10 congress members have sued the president in court to end it. Iraq, we are told, may soon “request” a continued occupation into next year. A CIA war in Yemen is ramping up, along with that in Pakistan.
Enough is enough. Robert Gates just told the New York Times these are wars of choice. Let’s make a different choice.
Ask Congress and the President to listen to the public and our cities’ mayors now.
from Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), 6/16/11
Today, I joined with nine other Members of Congress from both parties in filing a lawsuit in federal court against President Barack Obama that challenges his decision to take us to war in Libya without Congressional approval.
The President has a legal obligation to obtain Congress’s authorization before leading our country into war as required by Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the United States Constitution and the War Powers Act. Since the President failed to do this before ordering our armed forces into action in Libya, we believe the law was violated and we have asked the courts to protect the American people and one of our founding principles: separation of powers. This is about more than party politics or whether you support or oppose our President’s policy in Libya – it’s about protecting our constitution and the rule of law.
Click below to watch the Press Conference, then sign the petition to stop this war and help grow our movement.
Click here to watch the press conference video.
Recently, I asked for your help in contacting Members of Congress to demand that they stand with us to end the war in Libya and defend the Constitution. As more and more members of both parties join me in demanding action, it’s clear that your voices are being heard in Washington. No President has the power to unilaterally take us to war – and that message is increasingly resonating across the country and in both parties in Congress. Let’s keep up the pressure.
Click here to watch the video, then forward this email to your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers right now and ask them to join us in saying no to the war in Libya.
This war is illegal, unjust, misguided and not affordable while so many Americans are suffering in this economy. Together, we can end it.
With respect and optimism,