December 2, 2009

Dennis Kucinich gives Ed Schultz some straight talk on what anyone should think of Dick Cheney having the nerve to criticize the Obama administration's foreign policy decisions and on whether we should be escalating our presence in Afghanistan.

Schultz: Is there a chance that Bush and Cheney got it so wrong that maybe the Obama plan moving forward could turn this around and we could get a successful conclusion? What do you think?

Kucinich: Well I think that many of us know that President Bush and Dick Cheney took this country into a war in Iraq that we did not have to fight, kept this country into Afghanistan and prolonged a war that we did not have to continue and frankly with the Vice President speaking out, he should be held accountable. Both he and the president should have been impeached, President Bush that is should have been impeached and Mr. Cheney should still be held accountable for the lies that he told that took us into war in Iraq. Now with respect to Afghanistan, we should not be escalating. It’s an unfortunate thing that President Obama has made a decision to escalate. You can’t be in and out at the same time. He may talk about an exit strategy but the truth of the matter is, you first have to escalate and then you find out how long you’re going to be there and I think it’s regrettable—we don’t have the money to do this. We are weakening our ability to defend this country by doing it. And I think it’s going to undermine the United States’ role in the region and create even further instability.

As Rep. Kucinich also noted, it is also up to the Congress to decide whether to fund our military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan and those who are opposed to increasing troop levels have an obligation to take a stand.

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