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House Proceeding 03-10-10 on Mar 10th, 2010 :: 2:53:00 to 2:57:20
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Dennis J. Kucinich

2:52:56 to 2:53:16( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: rather than idealism. and i concur with that. and that's why i will not be supporting this resolution today while do i support the gentleman's efforts to have this discussion, we need to take a long-term strategy and find out how we do bring our troops home safely, honorably and soon. thank you, madam speaker. thank you, mr. chairman. the speaker pro tempore: the

Dennis J. Kucinich

2:53:00 to 2:57:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Dennis J. Kucinich

Dennis J. Kucinich

2:53:17 to 2:53:38( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: gentleman yields back his time. who seeks recognition? the gentleman from ohio. mr. kucinich: i thank the gentlelady. i just would like to talk for a minute about the mission in the context of what's going on with the fwoft in kabul. "the washington post" did a story on february 25 which

Dennis J. Kucinich

2:53:39 to 2:54:02( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: talks about officials puzzled over millions of dollars leaving ghanistan by plane for dubai and i ask unanimous consent to put that in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. kucinich: and previous to that, "the post" d a story

Dennis J. Kucinich

2:54:03 to 2:54:23( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: about money in a kabul bank to individuals, friends, family, business connections of hamid karzai. and when you consider the amount of corruption that's going on in afghanistan can

Dennis J. Kucinich

2:54:24 to 2:54:44( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: only be called charitable crony capitalism. "the washington post" in an article said signs of crony capitalism. i ask unanimous consent to put this in the record. the speaker pro tempore: so ordered. mr. kucinich: and as a result, u.s. taxpayers and aid organizations are investing billions of dollars in afghanistan, but the leaders of

Dennis J. Kucinich

2:54:45 to 2:55:07( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: the country are investing in real estate in dubai. we care about democracy. try building democracy in a place which is rife with narcotraffic, crony capitalism,

Dennis J. Kucinich

2:55:08 to 2:55:28( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: villas in dubai. what is this about? why are we there? i'm from cleveland, ohio. the people i represent are very basic people. when you tell them that the head of afghanistan has his hands in all these crooked deals you start to wonder, we're going to build a democracy on this person's shoulders? i don't think so.

Dennis J. Kucinich

2:55:29 to 2:55:51( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: we're supporting a government where corruption is epidemic. last year usaid said corruption in afghanistan was significant, a growing problem and that pervasive, systemic corruption was at an unprecedented scope in the country's history. on november 17, transparency international ranked afghanistan as the second most

Dennis J. Kucinich

2:55:52 to 2:56:13( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: corrupt nation in the world. and to compound the fears, president karzai's fraud election last year, he recently took over the ection's watchdog group. this is the kind of person we can trust to have a partnership with to have a democracy? i don't think so. a january, 2010, report by the united nations office on drugs

Dennis J. Kucinich

2:56:14 to 2:56:36( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: and crime revealed that afghan citizens were forced to pay an estimated $2.5 billion a year in bribes. according to evidence collected through wiretaps and bank records, a senior border police official in kandahar allegedly collected salaries of hundreds of ghost policemen and stole money from a government fund

Dennis J. Kucinich

2:56:37 to 2:56:57( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: intended to pay orphans and widows. is this the kind of environment we can build a democracy? our troops in afghanistan have to deal with such corrupt officials on a daily basis. a commander of the afghan border police offered to give the u.s. military prime land across pakistan to build a raiding area for supply

Dennis J. Kucinich

2:56:58 to 2:57:18( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: vehicles need for president obama's troop increase. the same man, u.s. officials believe, earns tens of millions of dollars a year trafficking opium and extorting cargo truck drivers.

Dennis J. Kucinich

2:57:19 to 2:57:24( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: is this the kind of person that

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