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Monday, November 13, 2006

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Dennis Kucinich is potentially the next chair of the Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations in the House. And he thinks we need to recall why we're in the mess in Iraq, and hold the crooks who "led" us there accountable. From a Truthdig interview:
Even now there are people who were urging President Bush to go to war who are staying that wrongful course. And people have to be held accountable. You can't lead this country into a war that has lost thousands of U.S. troops and perhaps hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis, [and that has] cost the American taxpayers $400 billion—and maybe up to $2 trillion—and leave it with some kind of blithe apology. There has to be accountability. When the people elected Democrats, they also voted for accountability.
We need to have hearings on Iraq again. We need to go over again why we went there. We need to review the statements and all the errors that were made, and from that we bring the country together to take a new direction. It's all fact-based. And then we start to heal our nation. But we cannot heal America if we continue with policies that are based on lies. We'll never be able to bring closure to this Iraq matter unless we tell the truth about what happened.
Dennis is one of the very few good members of Congress. I do wish, however, that he wouldn't mention "errors" or "mistakes." This isn't a case of putting a letter in the wrong mailbox--it's more like putting bombs in mailboxes. Maybe some went into mailboxes they weren't intended for, maybe some bombs were duds, maybe some killed more people than they were meant to (or fewer). The solution isn't to improve the addressing and delivery systems, or to raise the reliability and specificity of the bombs--because those aren't the main problems! The main problem is that some maniac is putting bombs in mailboxes, and until he is locked up and his bombs taken away, no one is safe.

The problem isn't whether we had too few or too many troops, or whether there was a plan for the occupation. The problem is that the invasion itself was a crime of the highest magnitude, and the criminal is still on the loose. George W. Bush IS everything he accused Saddam Hussein of being, about a million times over. He needs to be stopped before he kills again. Go Dennis!