Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), who has led opposition
within the Congress to the war from the beginning, issued the
following statement on the war Supplemental funding bill on the
House floor Monday evening:
"Mass death on the installment plan. That's what this supplemental
vote to keep our troops in Iraq is all about.
"Today Iraqi civilian casualties number well over 100,000. Iraqi
civilian injuries could be over one million, but who is keeping
track? Some act as though the Iraqis are not real people, with real
families, real hopes and real dreams and loves of their own.
"We have lost nearly 2,500 of our own brave soldiers. Up to 48,000
troops have suffered physical or emotional injuries that could scar
them and their loved ones for life.
"Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Steiglitz says the war could
cost $2 trillion dollars. Two trillion dollars for war while the
American people are told we don't have enough money for job
creation, education, health care and social security.
"The Administration went into Iraq without an exit strategy not
because they are incompetent, but because they have no intention of
"We are spending hundreds of millions building permanent bases in
Iraq. The Administration recently announced deployment of no less
than 50,000 troops in Iraq far into the future. We are looking at
the permanent occupation of Iraq.
"And so the long cadence of lies has led to Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo
and Haditha, soon to be replaced by more lies and more tragedies.
"What can you say when you are watching your nation descend, sleep
walking, into something like the lower circles of hell in Dante's
"You can say stop it ! You can say enough blood is enough blood !
"You can stop it ! Bring our troops home !
"You can say no to any more funds for this war ! And then we can
begin a period of truth and reconciliation about 9/11 and Iraq.
Begin the healing of the soul of America.
The Bible says, 'He who troubleth his own house shall inherent the
wind.' Our house has been troubled by this war based on lies. What
will our inheritance be?"