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US House of Representatives Votes Against Resolution to Withdraw Troops from Afghanistan

March 12, 2010

On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives had the first debate on the US Occupation of Afghanistan since they passed a resolution in 2001 giving then President Bush authorization to send troops.

Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced House Resolution 248, “directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan.”

The resolution was overwhelmingly defeated with of vote of 356 against the resolution and 65 in favor. Congressman Vern Ehlers voted against the resolution, as did most Michigan Representatives. The only Michigan member of the house who voted for the resolution was Bart Stupak. However, there were three Michigan Congressmen who did not vote; Conyers, Camp and Hoekstra.

During the debate, Rep. Patrick Kennedy noted that there were only 2 members of the US media present in the gallery to hear the debate. Apparently the news that tiger Woods might soon play in a golf tournament was more news worthy.

Kucinich, who has long been a critic of the US occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan stated;

This debate today, Mr. Speaker, we will have a chance, for the first time, to reflect on our responsibility for troop casualties that are now reaching a thousand, to look at our responsibilities for the costs of the war, which approaches $250 billion; our responsibility for the civilian casualties and the human costs of the war; our responsibility for challenging the corruption that takes place in Afghanistan; our responsibility for having a real understanding of the role of the pipeline in this war; our responsibility for debating the role of counterinsurgency strategies, as opposed to counterterrorism; our responsibility for being able to make a case for the logistics of withdrawal. After eight-and-a-half years, it is time that we have this debate.”

Here is video of the complete statement from Congressman Kucinich.

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