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Dennis Kucinich: Timing of Attack In Syria So Close To Election Questioned

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The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Sunday that four U.S. helicopters conducted an attack on the Syrian side of the border with Iraq in which eight people were killed. SANA reports stated that American helicopters raided the village of Sukariya, 340 miles northeast of Damascus, and then returned to Iraqi airspace. The Syrian government claims that of the eight people who died, four were children.

"Saber rattling and attacks upon sovereign nations who did not attack us are unacceptable. We must question the timing. We are on the eve of national elections and we must be mindful of the Administration's past manipulation of security issues in order to influence public opinion," stated Kucinich. "We cannot stand by and let them use the lives of innocent people as pawns in their wrongful political objectives."

The attacks in Syria come at a sensitive time as U.S. and Iraqi lawmakers are engaged in negotiations regarding the status of forces agreement, which would legitimize the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq after the expiration of the UN mandate governing the American presence.

Kucinich opposed the war, offered a plan for withdrawal shortly after the US invasion, and opposes any agreement that would keep U.S. troops in Iraq.

"The Iraq war has already cost the lives of 4,189 Americans, more than a million innocent Iraqis and three to five trillion in ultimate costs. The only acceptable status of American forces is for the troops to immediately return to their homes and families," stated Kucinich.

"We must have an international peace-keeping and security force organized for the purposes of transitioning in to help secure Iraq as the U.S. leaves," he said, reciting one of the provisions of the Kucinich plan.

"Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and now Syria, instead of expanding an expensive war, we should be focusing on resolving our own financial crises' back home, putting Americans back to work and rebuilding our nation's infrastructure," added Kucinich.
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Thanks, Dennis.  GOD bless and be safe. ... by Alan Donelson on Monday, Oct 27, 2008 at 5:34:09 PM
IT should not have been, it is a trick of the devi... by EVELYN CONLEY on Monday, Oct 27, 2008 at 6:34:21 PM
Evelyn,Go out and get a copy of Naomi Klein's ... by Amunaor on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 at 1:10:35 AM
Can you imagine McCain and Palin at the helm with ... by virginius "gin" arnold on Monday, Oct 27, 2008 at 6:48:12 PM
Dennis Kucinich for Speaker of the House!!This is ... by Steve Windisch (jibbguy) on Monday, Oct 27, 2008 at 7:13:47 PM
And it wouldn't hurt to get rid of Nasty Pelos... by GLloyd Rowsey on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 at 8:10:03 AM
Thank you Dennis Kucinich.  Continue to speak... by Harold Hellickson on Monday, Oct 27, 2008 at 7:33:35 PM
If only we had more politicians who are willing to... by Sharon Roach on Monday, Oct 27, 2008 at 9:41:44 PM
and her lap-dog Reid need to be booted out of offi... by dotmafia on Monday, Oct 27, 2008 at 10:25:41 PM
Dennis,  Isn’t it just wonderful how &l... by Amunaor on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 at 12:14:22 AM
And continue, unrelentlessly, to SPREAD our so-cal... by Elly Faden on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 at 1:36:49 AM
When spinal operations are funded under private in... by GLloyd Rowsey on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 at 8:33:04 AM
The timing of this attack has actually to do ... by syed mahdi on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 at 2:49:59 AM
You are still the only real progressive voice for ... by carl on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 at 6:57:10 AM
Doesnt this remind u of Hitlers attack on Poland?&... by brian on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 at 7:57:51 AM
Speaking truth to power doesnt work, esp if your v... by brian on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 at 8:04:34 AM
''The attacks in Syria come at a sensitive... by brian on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 at 8:10:44 AM
NYT on the syria massacre: ''In seeki... by brian on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 at 8:15:42 AM
...with Israel, and it's going to be a very me... by Bia Winter on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 at 9:20:04 AM
...with Israel, and it's going to be a very me... by Bia Winter on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 at 9:20:34 AM
The only true 'liberal in de house' gratef... by Adnihilo on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 at 3:32:14 PM
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Bush want to create a new war so he can cancel the... by Sylvain Pimpare on Wednesday, Oct 29, 2008 at 9:44:27 PM
...is one of the few brave souls alive with the in... by Susan Jolly on Thursday, Oct 30, 2008 at 12:05:25 PM