Kucinich: “You can’t be in and out at the same time”

Kucinich: Obama extending war chapter

Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich criticizes President Obama for stretching a chapter of war by relocating troops from Iraq to Afghanistan.

“We must bring a conclusion to this sorry chapter in American history where war was waged under false pretense against an innocent people,” Kucinich said.

President Barack Obama has decided to assign 17,000 American troops to Afghanistan contingents, while laying out plans for a full withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Congressman Kucinich, however, was critical of the plan.

“Taking troops out of Iraq should not mean more troops available for deployment in other operations,” he said. “You can’t be in and out at the same time.”

Obama plans to keep some 35,000 to 50,000 of the 142,000 troops currently stationed in Iraq in the country after the withdrawal date to advise Iraqi forces, target terror potentials and protect US interests.

The US president did not mention how long the remaining troops would stay in the country.

The Ohio congressman said the White House should “determine at some point to end the occupation, close the bases and bring the troops home.”

“We should immediately bring home American service members and contractors, convene a regional conference to prepare an international peace-keeping force and accelerate Iraq-driven reconstruction,” he concluded.

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8 responses to “Kucinich: “You can’t be in and out at the same time”

  1. While receiving a dose of criticism from progressives for his Iraq policy, the new president should nonetheless get some kudos for his unilateral troop withdrawal from another devastated, corrupt, seemingly ungovernable region that occurred this morning, albeit with little fanfare.

    Yes, like Iraq, President Obama had the resolve not to abandon New Orleans, or worse yet, go with the original Biden plan of partitioning the city into autonomous enclaves run by Crips, Fortunetellers, Latin Kings, Vampires, Bloods, Goths, and cajuns. Had the new President simply acquiesced to political pragmatism, the Big Easy almost certainly would not have healed to once again shine as the gem of the deep south. . .

  2. wilsonrofishing, from the sound of the article you posted, some residents of the city wouldn’t be giving Obama kudos for the troop withdrawl. Unlike in Iraq where the majority do not want us occupying their country.

  3. Hi Barbara

    Great post. US seems that is going to keep building the Empire “after all”.

    Now with political, commercial, and military trade with republics near and around the Caspian, while lessening Iran, Pakistan, Russia, China, e.g. influence.

    However, my (this) post has to do with; I want to thank you for your detailed and concise post in forums, about making a PayPal button on blogs.

    Regards,
    Analyzei

  4. Yes, Analyzei, follow the way of the Caspian Sea and there the U.S. will be. Troubling, isn’t it.

    Most welcome for the post on the donate button. Once I figured it out I decided to detail how to do it, to help others. And for future reference for myself. 😉

    Thanks for your blog – Important info.

    Peace!
    Barbara

  5. Barbara,

    Yes, I agree that the National Guardsman will be missed in New Orleans. Several regional blogs lamented their departure as well. It is amazing that even three years after the hurricane that the city still needed National Guard patrols to maintain order. Time will tell if New Orleans’ civil servants are up to the task, although most residents do not seem too confident. I wrote about them because I was totally ignorant of their presence, until the morning of their departure. They apparently did a phenomenal job in NEw Orleans, it is too bad that their efforts were not publicized more (I tried to do my part with my post).

    It is also amazing that NONE of the Stimulus package recently passed went into Katrina reconstruction; is there a city in this country more shovel-ready than New Orleans? A few million dollars at least (rounding errors in D.C. these days) could have increased the number of police on the streets, and funded equipment and training as well. . .

    And yes, I am sure that the majority of Iraqis will be glad to see us go, especially if violence continues to decrease there, and oil prices rise over the next year or so. The lines at the nightclubs will be shorter and cocktails cheaper too, no doubt!

    I found your Kucinich quote interesting though (he’s always interesting); where would his proposed regional peacekeeping force come from, exactly? Maybe a joint Iranian/Saudi force to secure Shia/Sunni enclaves, combined with a Turkish corps to lock down troublemakers in the North? Seriously, what nations would be willing to commit forces in the numbers needed at this point to seriously qualify as peacekeepers there? And does anyone believe that Kucinich is suggesting something more viable than President Obama’s proposal?

    After all, the only international force besides the US-led one that has deployed to Iraq thus far to enforce order (of a certain sort) was al Qaeda, and that did not work out so well for anyone involved. . .

  6. The things that found there way into the stimulus package astound me – $650 million for digital converter box coupons? The thing is I’m sure most people would buy them on their own to make sure they had the appropriate equipment to keep their television sets humming.

    So many blunders in the aftermath of the Katrina catastrophe. A highly recommended video by a journalist speaking on the conditions inside the dome is very telling of how things were mismanaged from the onset:

    http://www.veoh.com/collection/hurricanekatrina/watch/v283797P2xCwy87

    Peacekeeping in Iraq? I cannot claim to have an understanding of what was happening in the region prior to our occupation of it, but a few years ago I attended a lecture given by a female professor from Iraq. She said that the schism between the Shiites and Sunnis did not exist until we went in. I think that once we get out, they’ll be able to work on peacekeeping. They’re a torn nation and as such it will be a long rebuilding process, but their resiliency is nothing short of phenomenal.

  7. Next Iran we are headlining to the Caucasus and Black Sea.

    I don’t find a donate button in this site. I think is in your other blog of daughters of India.

    You are right with your comments of Iraq too. It’s obvious, dictator Saddam doesn’t have the power that superpowers (like US) has, and he manages to rule better than “our coalition”. He can walk through armed crowds (people has the right to bear arms) and there wasn’t a green zone. The terrorist then (against Saddam) were supported by NATO countries.

    US implemented a divide and conquer doctrine (Negroponte is an expert in it, torture and genocide), but things began to get out of hand and change the strategy. They don’t want Iraqis, strong, exigent, in control of their resources, but nighters in permanent conflict and blowing their refineries, etc.

    They aren’t saints, but they were living in peace even with Jews in Palestine before their “partition”. I think the news did (and does) fine in propaganda and disinformation.

    Thank you for your blogs too. Good Job!

    Regards,
    Analyzei

  8. Analy-

    You Said:

    “he manages to rule better than “our coalition”. He can walk through armed crowds (people has the right to bear arms) and there wasn’t a green zone”

    Yes, except for the people he had trouble ruling, and instead decided to employ chemical weapons against. . .

    Or the millions of Iraqis that spent a decade protected from his “benevolence” via the no fly zones.

    If you lament the salad days of Saddam’s rule, do not fret; there are still some places in the World to visit and wax nostalgic; you might want to try Pyongyang for starters, although the climate is much better in Havana right now.

    Be careful what you post in blog comments while you’re there, though, unless you want to stay a little longer than planned. . .

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