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Dennis Kucinich on Homeland Security

Democratic Representative (OH-10); Democratic Candidate for President


Bush doctrine of preemption and unilateralism is wrong

Q: Terrorism wasn't on the agenda, was it, in the Congress during the previous administration?

A: I wouldn't say it wasn't on the agenda. The Clinton administration handled its approach in a way that tried to create international cooperation. Where the problem is today is that the Bush administration's doctrine is wrong. The doctrine of preemption led us into Iraq. The doctrine of unilateralism essentially led us into Iraq. The doctrine of first strike puts us at risk of expanding war.

Source: Democratic 2004 primary Debate in Greenville SC Jan 29, 2004

Weapons in outer space and missile shields are DOD waste

Q: How do you insure national security if you cut the defense budget by 15%?

KUCINICH: I'm the ranking Democrat on a Department of Defense investigative subcommittee. I know the kind of waste that goes on there. There's waste when you talk about building weapons in outer space; waste when you talk about building new nuclear weapons; waste when you talk about building a missile shield that even those who have studied it know that there's been fraud involved in the development of it.

Source: Democratic 2004 Presidential Primary Debate in Iowa Jan 4, 2004

Create domestic Dept. of Peace & make all war obsolete

Q: You have proposed changing the name of the Department of Defense to the Department of Peace, but in a world in which our enemies are willing to kill themselves to kill us, is it not better that we stand and fight?

KUCINICH: My proposal was to create a separate Department of Peace, which would work to make nonviolence an organizing principal in our society. When we contrast that with the purpose of the Department of Defense, that's to provide military force. Now, I think that we have to have a commitment to work with the nations of the world to make war archaic so we won't need to send our men and women abroad in search of wars or to fight wars that they never should have had to fight in the first place.

Source: Democratic Presidential 2004 Primary Debate in Detroit Oct 27, 2003

$550B defense budget implies more taxes

[We should all] make the connection between the rising deficit and the war in Iraq. Because unless we commit ourselves to get out of Iraq-get the UN in and get the US out-we're going to see rising deficits. Are we going to have tax cuts for the wealthy and then ask people later on to increase their taxes? Are we going to have the Pentagon budget go to $550 billion within eight years and ask the people to pay more taxes? I think we have to reorder our priorities. It begins with getting out of Iraq.
Source: Debate at Pace University in Lower Manhattan Sep 25, 2003

Cut defense budget by 15%, even if unpopular

Q: As president, what would be the least popular, most right thing you would do?

KUCINICH: I would move to cut the Pentagon budget by 15%, which would in no way affect adversely our national defense, and put the money into child care. And I would move to create a Department of Peace which would seek to make nonviolence an organizing principle in our society and to work with the nations of the world to make war itself archaic.

Source: Debate at Pace University in Lower Manhattan Sep 25, 2003

End the ban on gays in military

End the ban on openly gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals serving in the US armed forces.
Source: Campaign website, www.Kucinich.us, "On The Issues" Aug 1, 2003

Terminating ABM treaty was unconstitutional

Kucinich filed a lawsuit in federal district court to block the President from withdrawing from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty of 1972. The President's termination of the ABM Treaty represents an unconstitutional repeal of a law duly enacted by Congress.
Source: Campaign website, www.Kucinich.us, "On The Issues" Aug 1, 2003

Violence and war are not inevitable

Violence is not inevitable. War is not inevitable. Nonviolence and peace are inevitable. We can make of this world a gift of peace which will confirm the presence of universal spirit in our lives. We can send into the future the gift which will protect our children from fear, from harm, from destruction.
Source: Campaign website, www.Kucinich.us, "On The Issues" Aug 1, 2003

Confront the bloat and waste in Pentagon budget

The US military is the strongest in the world by far, and will remain so. But Democrats cannot lead the nation without being strong enough to confront the bloat and waste in the Pentagon budget. Our military budget is almost as big as that of all other countries combined. I don't agree with other Democrats that we can continue to increase military spending, and still deliver on our domestic agenda for middle class and working Americans. We can't. That's voodoo budgeting.
Source: Campaign website, www.Kucinich.us, "On The Issues" Aug 1, 2003

Hometown Security: social spending instead of military

I plan to make a major issue of hometown security -- healthcare, jobs and education for all -- and misspent Pentagon dollars, even as other Democratic candidates join President Bush in pressing for still more exorbitant military budgets.
Source: Campaign website, www.Kucinich.us, "On The Issues" Aug 1, 2003

Abide by Non-Proliferation, ABM, and Test Ban Treaties

We must abide by the principles of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, stop the development of new nuclear weapons, take all nuclear weapons systems off alert, and persist towards total, worldwide elimination of all nuclear weapons. Our nation must revive the Anti Ballistic Missile treaty, sign and enforce the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, abandon plans to build a so-called missile shield, and prohibit the introduction of weapons into outer space.
Source: Campaign website, www.Kucinich.us, "On The Issues" Aug 1, 2003

Bush's foreign policy of preemption is destabilizing

KUCINICH [to Lieberman]: You and Dick Gephardt were two of the biggest supporters of President Bush's war against Iraq. You both endorsed his proposal for unilateral first strike. The president's ever-changing reasons for going to war have not been justified by the evidence. Now how can we as Democrats win this election if we simply rubber stamp this president's destabilizing foreign policy of preemption, and nuclear first-strike, without offering a serious alternative?

LIEBERMAN: I'd say how can we win this election if we send a message of weakness on defense and security after September 11, 2001? Protecting the American people's security, giving them a sense of safety, making sure people in this country are not worried when their loved ones go out to the mall, or take a train, go to a movie theater--that is the first goal of our government, and that means being strong on defense and homeland security.

Source: [X-ref to Lieberman] Democratic Debate in Columbia SC May 3, 2003

Abandon plans for a missile shield

At this moment of peril we must move away from fear's paralysis. This is a call to action to replace expanded war with expanded peace. We must demand that our nation and all nations:Our nation must: