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House Proceeding 03-10-10 on Mar 10th, 2010 :: 3:41:00 to 3:43:45
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Dennis J. Kucinich

3:40:57 to 3:41:18( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: it, let us show our appreciation by voting no on this damaging resolution before us today. and i my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. the gentleman from california reserves? mr. berman: yes, madam chair,

Dennis J. Kucinich

3:41:00 to 3:43:45( Edit History Discussion )
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Dennis J. Kucinich

3:41:19 to 3:41:42( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: because i have no further speakers and i understand that the sponsor of this resolution has both the right and the intention of closing, i will yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. kucinich: i want to thank mr. berman and my colleagues for this opportunity to engage in

Dennis J. Kucinich

3:41:43 to 3:42:03( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: this important debate. the number of troops in afghanistan will increase from about 70,000 at the end of 2009 to the stated goal of 100,000 by july of this year. my resolution calls for the withdrawal of all u.s. armed forces from afghanistan no later than december 31 of this year. and it can be done.

Dennis J. Kucinich

3:42:04 to 3:42:25( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: unlike iraq where we have significant infrastructure built in and around the country to support our presence there, prior to last year the united states invested very little in permanent infrastructure in afghanistan. president obama's call on the u.s. military to triple the amount of troops we've had in the country since the war started. if the administration expects

Dennis J. Kucinich

3:42:26 to 3:42:46( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: the military to figure out a way for a rapid increase of troops on the ground, we can figure out how to have a method of rapid withdrawal. getting supplies into afghanistan is one of the biggest obstacles to providing adequate support for troops on the ground due to frequent attackses on u.s. convoys traveling to -- attacks on u.s. convoys traveling to afghanistan to deliver most of the supplies

Dennis J. Kucinich

3:42:47 to 3:43:08( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: by air. now, madam speaker, we have in the last three hours talked about 1,000-troop casualties, we've talked about a cost of a quart of a $1 trillion and rising, we've spoken of civilian casualties and about the incredible amount of corruption that's going on in afghanistan. we spoke of the pipeline which

Dennis J. Kucinich

3:43:09 to 3:43:30( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: is sure to deserve more critical inquiry. and the failure of doctrines o counterinsurgency, that strategy doesn't work. and there are logistics of withdrawal that we can pursue. the question is, should the united states people continue to build the burden of this war when we have so many problems at home with 15 million people unemployed, with millions of

Dennis J. Kucinich

3:43:31 to 3:43:45( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis J. Kucinich: people losing their homes, with so many people without health care and without being able to send their children to good schools? we have to reset our priories, our priorities should begin i go betting out of afghanistan and then we can turn to getting out of iraq. thank you very much for this debate.

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