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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

U. S. Representatives Lee, Kucinich comment on NATO show

U.S. Reps Lee and Kucinich
speaking to the press
file photo
Paying for this lying, Cold War relic makes no sense
Excerpt, editing by 
Carolyn Bennett


“I will remain steadfast in my efforts for an accelerated withdrawal and am heartened that a majority of Democrats and 12 Republicans in the House joined me last week in an effort to end the war [on Afghanistan] now and safely and responsibly bring our troops home.”

Enough is enough, Lee says. 
Rep. Barbara Lee, center
Rep. Lynn Woolsey, right
Stand against war on Iraq

“There is no military solution in Afghanistan.”

Approaching ten years of war have cost the deaths of “almost two thousand U.S. troops; more than $530 billion in direct costs.

“Two-thirds of Americans say the war is not worth fighting [and] it is past time for our policy to catch up with the American people.… While NATO leaders and President Obama took an important step toward ending the war, we need to bring our troops home now – not years from now.”    

minces no words

“The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is no benevolent organization [but] a cost-sharing organization that finances aggressive military action.…”

Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Activist Cindy Sheehan
 and others
Endless unlawful war

While hiding behind the claim of providing “for ‘common defense’,” NATO “allows us to wage wars of choice under the guise of international peacekeeping”: the most recent example being the “unconstitutional war on Libya” where NATO operated “under a United Nations mandate of protecting civilians” while in reality “backing one side in a civil war and pursuing a policy of regime change.”

War on Libya’s estimated cost to the United States: $1.1 billion.

Milking the cow

Participation in NATO exacts great financial cost to the United States, Kucinich said. “We contribute the majority of funds for NATO’s common budget — including 25 percent of the military budget”; and we incur significant costs deploying U.S. forces in support of NATO missions. 

The United States “contributed more than $1.3 billion to NATO’s military budget between FY 2010 and 2012.” 

End the sham, end the show

U.S. Reps Lee and Kucinich
Left, 2nd from right
“NATO is an anachronism,” Kucinich concludes.

“Instead of trying to bolster the organization, we should begin serious discussions to dismantle it.”

Sources and notes

Oakland, California: “Barbara Lee Releases Statement on NATO Summit and Afghanistan,”
May 21, 2012, http://lee.house.gov/press-releases/barbara-lee-releases-statement-on-nato-summit-and-afghanistan/

Washington, D.C.: “NATO Talks a Sham: War in Afghanistan is Not Ending — Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) releases a statement as world leaders meet in Chicago for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit,” May 21, 2012, http://kucinich.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=296347


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