Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Kucinich Calls For De-Funding the War

On November 7, 2006, the American public voted for a New Direction for our Iraq policy. That direction is--out. As Democrats prepare to take the majority for the first time in twelve years, Democrats now have the responsibility to act on the overwhelming mandate issued by the American public.

Will that new direction mean an exit from Iraq? Because, if not, America will be held hostage by the skyrocketing cost of the war in Iraq even as President Bush leaves office at 11:59 am on January 20, 2009. And, the voters will not forget who let them down.

I.

There is only one way in which the United States will withdraw from Iraq, prior to the end of President Bush's term: Congress must vote to cut off funds.

History and the law give a clear guide on how to end the war in Iraq.

In Campbell v. Clinton, a case in US District Court in 1999, twenty six members of Congress, including myself, sued President Clinton for continuing to prosecute the war against Serbia without a declaration of war. The Court ruled in favor of the Administration because it could find no constitutional impasse existed between the Legislative and the Executive branch requiring judicial intervention. Congress had appropriated funds for the war and therefore chose not to remove US forces. The 'Implied Consent' Theory of Presidential War Power Is Again Validated. Military Law Review, Vol. 161, No. 202, September 1999 Geoffrey S. Corn. South Texas College.


So, every vote to fund the war is a vote by our representatives to continue the war. The war cannot end until and unless either George W Bush decides to pull out, or Congress decides there is no more money in the treasury for wars to enrich Bushco's cronies. I would ask everyone to email and snail mail their representatives to let them know how important it is to end this illegal and imoral and despicably expensive war.

Hattip: Huffpo, from a three part article by Rep Dennis Kucinich on the only way that Congress can end the war.

3 Comments:

Blogger PeterofLoneTree said...

"...America will be held hostage by the skyrocketing cost of the war..."

You might be interested in a site entitled Cost of War, which shows an ongoing total (quickly approaching 350 Billion dollars).

12:24 PM, December 06, 2006  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

thanks for posting on this- really good...MSM did not mention a word of this- or Ohio news for that matter..

4:40 AM, December 09, 2006  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

yep, we continue to shout into the silence. I've ceased to even listen to the MSM. Olbermann and the Comedy Central news hour are the only ones that tell the truth in America.

8:12 AM, December 10, 2006  

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