Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who was my first choice for the Democratic nomination for President in the last election and who is one of a handful of lawmakers who understand the critical importance of world peace, made the case for diverting the billions of war dollars being targeted to Afghanistan to the emergency economic needs we face at home.Here are the salient portions of his remarks:
"America is in the fight of its life and that fight is not in Afghanistan – it's here. We are deeply in debt. Our GDP is down. Our manufacturing is down. Our savings are down. Our trade deficit is up. Business failures are up. Bankruptcies are up." "The war is a threat to our National Security. We'll spend over $100 billion next year to bomb a nation of poor people while we reenergize the Taliban, destabilize Pakistan, deplete our army and put more of our soldiers' lives on the line. Meanwhile, back here is the USA, 15 million people are out of work. People are losing their jobs, their health care, their savings, their investments, and their retirement security. Trillions in bailouts for Wall Street, trillions for war; when are we going to start taking care of things here at home?"