Part One: The Script for the Lead-Up to War
You are, distressingly, right once again. Those lies were one impetus for writing my 2005 book, "Battlebabble: Selling War in America." After I gave you a copy in New Hampshire, you invited me to help with your campaign there and I gladly did. Your proposed Department of Peace remains a distant dream - would that it now existed.
It’s nice to hear your voice again. I was one of thousands who marched in Washington DC against the war in Iraq. Millions across the world also protested. But it didn’t matter to the politicians here. Their “shock and awe” displayed for us on TV was horrifying, unforgettable and unforgivable.
Great summary of a criminal tragedy for which, so far, no one has been held accountable. When crimes are committed without consequence, repetition is likely.
Dennis, I supported you financially and wholeheartedly during your presidential run.During your whole career in Ohio you were never afraid to speak truth to power. Then came that fateful day when your vote alone stood between Obamacare or no Obamacare. Up until that day you had been wholeheartedly against the plan. I told everyone I knew that you would not crack and I believed it but I was wrong. So I didn’t read this whole article because I know you write well I know you do your research well but action does speak louder than words. Getting Obamacare through was crucial to his career. He along with Clinton as his secretary of state destroyed Libya he also sent drones to the Middle East to indiscriminately kill people who are on his list. As well if Obamacare hadn’t gone through it might have forced a return to looking at national healthcare which you always adamantly supported. There are some of us around who still remember. ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
Thank you for this well-written attempt to refresh the memories of the American people. As the drums were beating louder and louder for the Iraq invasion, I was singing at peace rallies in Seattle. Once the invasion took place on March 19, 2003, people went home feeling distraught and powerless. I greatly appreciate all your efforts over the years, Dennis Kucinich. I supported you then and I support you now. We need the political will for peace - for people to finally see peace as what it is: Practical and Patriotic. As a progressive Democrat, over the years, I have been so frustrated listening to politicians including Hillary Clinton using language that was clearly pushing for wars with Russia and China. That is reckless and extremely dangerous to the American public and to the world. It made me sick to see Joe BIden joyfully put a 'Liberty Medal' around the neck of war criminal George W. Bush in 2018.
We need a strong political voice for peace. We haven't had that voice or that wisdom since JFK was assassinated. On June 10, 1963, JFK delivered a commencement address at American University that has become known as his 'peace speech'. The transcript and video of that speech are online. I encourage everyone to read and/or listen to it. His remarks are as relevant and needed today as they were just after the Cuban missile crisis. This June 10 will be the 60th anniversary of that speech and I hope there will be many events marking that anniversary and revisiting what JFK was telling the American public, and the youth of that time inheriting a heavy burden. Despite our efforts for accountability, war criminals continue to run free in our country to this very day.
Thank you, Hon. Dennis Kucinich! You're the best! You upheld Truth time and time again. And in response, some of us supported you in every way, gave of our every hour and "sacred fortune" to make you President. Let us share this and hope many more will listen now to your wisdom of truth. - SusanC.
Comparing America's ill-advised and morally corrupt invasion of Iraq with the Russian invasion of Ukraine doesn't hold up the way you're presenting it here. America in Iraq in 2003 is comparable to Russia in the current Ukraine war. We invaded a country based on a fabricated justification, the same as Russia has done to Ukraine in 2022.
How do we stop such evil? I have been calling/writing my Congress reps to halt funding Ukraine. No response.
Thanks so much for your years of commitment to peace and justice. It's beyond important now that people who have considered themselves to be 'good Democrats' wake up to the devastating cruelty, greed and warmongering profiteering that almost all of today's Democrats work hard to sustain and unfortunately expand. I'm thankful literally for the future of the planet for platforms like Substack that give PEACE a CHANCE! I encourage you to address the positive necessities for veganism, for animals, for human health, for our air, our land and our water and our sense of fairness and decency. It's a VITALLY important conversation that needs your voice. For ALL of us, thanks!
Dennis, not just Saddam but Al Quaeda had nothing to do with 9.11 either because Al-Quaeda is just a CIA made pretext front for other entities that did 9.11 and other Al-Q things.
Great write up Dennis...Dennis has been a champion of freedom for a long time...
So glad you are back! I worked on/supported both your campaigns for Pres. saw how you have been treated by the DP and hope you have freed yourself from it - saw your speech at the Rage Against the War rally and grinned from ear to ear ... that quote from the Dec of Ind was spot on - to put it in colloquial terms - we gotta "throw the bums out"
I would gladly work for you again - please do consider it, we can figure out away ...
You were always a voice of reason and integrity. Both in short supply these days.😰
Your voice on Iraq was desperately needed and I recall being so grateful for your courage at the manipulation by the Bush/Cheney administration and its NYT supporters in that evil lead up to war. However, these comparisons with Ukraine do not work, in my opinion. You seem to diminish Putin's continuing destruction of Ukraine and his insupportable persecution of Russian opposition to his war. Your accusation of US Ukrainian support based on oil hegemony, seems mostly based on Seymour Hersh's dubious findings as well as on Putin's self-serving accusations.
Yes, and 9/11 itself was a preplanned controlled demolition and convenient footage from a (faked) 'amateur' video wasn't it?
Thank you Dennis. I republished it on the California Free Press. Interesting to note that Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton were such vocal advocates of the Iraq war. Clinton was in the process of proving her cred as a tough warmonger in the grand old US tradition. As a woman she had to make it appear to the public that she was just as strong as any man in this regard. Remember "We came. We saw. We killed him."? She gloated over the killing of Gaddaffi. Biden isn't any less salutary in this regard although I give him a lot of credit for what he has accomplished domestically.