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Tuesday
Apr052011

Kucinich: Billions Gone Missing! Bring Our Troops Home! We Are Lying About The Necessity Of War!

Editor's Note: Here is the story on the missing $9 billion that Kucinich discusses.

Vanity Fair Exclusive: Billions Over Baghdad: How $9B Disappeared Into A Frenzy Of Mismanagement And Greed

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Video:  Dennis Kucinich

Kucinich on the House floor regarding the vote on a $33 billion supplemental war funding bill, which, of course, later passed.  Transcript is below.

Source:  Kucinich

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement on the floor of the House concerning an expected vote on a $33 billion supplemental war funding bill:

“In a little more than a year the United States flew $12 billion in cash to Iraq, much of it in $100 bills, shrink wrapped and loaded onto pallets. Vanity Fair reported in 2004 that ‘at least $9 billion’ of the cash had ‘gone missing, unaccounted for.’ $9 billion.
 
“Today, we learned that suitcases of $3 billion in cash have openly moved through the Kabul airport. One U.S. official quoted by the Wall Street Journal said, ‘A lot of this looks like our tax dollars being stolen.’ $3 billion.  Consider this as the American people sweat out an extension of unemployment benefits.
 
“Last week, the BBC reported that “the US military has been giving tens of millions of dollars to Afghan security firms who are funneling the money to warlords.” Add to that a corrupt Afghan government underwritten by the lives of our troops.
 
“And now reports indicate that Congress is preparing to attach $10 billion in state education funding to a $33 billion spending bill to keep the war going.
 
“Back home millions of Americans are out of work, losing their homes, losing their savings, their pensions, and their retirement security.  We are losing our nation to lies about the necessity of war.

“Bring our troops home. End the war. Secure our economy.”

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Non-broadcast, web exclusive interview from October 30. Greenwald and Moyers discuss Afghanistan, government secrecy under Obama and Bush, populist anger at Wall Street,

http://dailybail.com/home/author-glenn-greenwald-with-bill-moyers-complete-pbs-intervi.html
Jun 30, 2010 at 3:52 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
As of today, 375, 000 families a week will begin the slide to nothingness as their benefits begin to expire. On September 19, 2008, the glorious bailouts began for the rich bankers who partied proudly on our dime, and did not do what was expected of them.

When these brave men and women do return home after the sacrifices they have made. They will return to neighborhoods where many people no longer live, where they will finally find out that their friends, families, and loved ones have had war waged against them by the Goobermint and its contributors, and where our coast has been destroyed by foreigners, and no jobs will be found.

Many of the brave men and women serving our nation do not know what is happening to their families at home, because their families want them to concentrate on staying alive, not worrying about them. Though they are seeing some telling signs, like the volume of U.S. currency leaving the theater as spoken of above. That is not the first time large shipments of cash have been found exiting also...

At least Congress still has vacations, while our nation lies in ruin, that is the important part. Both parties are responsible.
Jul 1, 2010 at 7:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
term limits and a cut in pay...would be a way for congress to understand the recession that everyone else feels...
Jul 2, 2010 at 1:12 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Cut in pay would be great, to teach them what they are doing to their employers (us), unfortunately our employees (them), control their own pay.

Term limits will only work with modifications to the Congressional pension system ( one term served gets pay and medical for life). Otherwise, within a hundred years, think how many will be living fat on the taxpayer dime.

Our backs are already breaking under the weight of their service to us...

If they did get a pay cut, the contributors would be more than happy to make up the difference for them, so it would have no effect.
Jul 3, 2010 at 10:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
Congress taking a cut in pay....I am all for it!.......and they shouldn't get a raise until the budget is balanced and paid China off for the two wars that were created by George Moron Jr.

Oh yeah and they can return the money that Kucinich is talking about.........In a little more than a year the United States " flew $12 billion in cash to Iraq, much of it in $100 bills, shrink wrapped and loaded onto pallets. Vanity Fair reported in 2004 that ‘at least $9 billion’ of the cash had ‘gone missing, unaccounted for.’ $9 billion."
Oct 3, 2010 at 9:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterWhyputaname
Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media

Military's 'sock puppet' software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks

Read this...
Apr 5, 2011 at 11:13 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
1reason I couldn't take it anymore is: About summer of 2001 D.Rumsfeld sec/def. said the def/dept. could not account for,
READY FOR THIS=2.3 TRILLION $$$$ AND then top top it off the "what ever it was" that struck the pentagon, just happened
to hit the room where ALL THE PAPERWORK WAS as they where "trying" to"find" where the trillion's went,what a shame
it all got burned up soooo nobody lost a job,went to jail,NOTHING not a Baaaa from the herd,or the lame stream media.
Apr 5, 2011 at 12:55 PM | Unregistered Commenterexpat
I'm so glad someone is talking about the expense of the Wars it seems now that it's Democrats doing it the so called anti-War voices have gone silent. They lied about scaling down initially you know and how come no one talks about risking blood for oil or the fact that obama who never served himself is not only willing to continue the Wars but had no problem attacking a country who did nothing to us?

Humanitarian my ass there are dictatorships around the globe we didn't do a thing about it nor should we not only can we not afford it but we're not the policeman of the world. Anyone who thinks those strikes on Libya were for anything but Oil ought to have their heads examined. Obama made a deal with the Saudi's (remember he was silent when they were shooting their citizens) the deal was you take care of Bahrain (were our 5th fleet is) and the U.S. will bomb Libya. Something funny is going on with the Fed. and Libya...

If You Don't Think Libya Is About Oil, Read This

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2011/03/if-you-dont-think-libya-is-about-oil.html

Libyan Oil Kaching $$$

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2011/03/libyan-oil-kaching.html

Exposed: The US-Saudi Libya deal

http://www.allvoices.com/s/event-8662972/aHR0cDovL2F0aW1lcy5jb20vYXRpbWVzL01pZGRsZV9FYXN0L01EMDJBazAxLmh0bWw=

Even o's ex advisor notes the Europeans have more at stake (Oil) so now that o's running he undoubtedly wants to try and clean up his image for the election so if it was for humanitarian reason's why attack at all if your not going to finish the job?

"It is more in the vital interest of Europeans... when you consider the effects of massive immigration, the effects of terror, the oil market."

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jkS77jtCZRSeg5vmh-RpF18DF0Cw?docId=CNG.34b89149aa6e7d06680c9cf785978729.121

Loss of Libya Oil Flow Disproportionately Important

http://seekingalpha.com/article/259358-loss-of-libya-oil-flow-disproportionately-important

Analyst: Rising Oil Prices 'Primary Threat' To U.S. Economy

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/21/libya-conflict-oil-prices_n_838624.html

Libyan Rebels Form Their Own Central Bank (Who ever heard of rebels being able to do that so quickly?)

http://www.cnbc.com/id/42308613
Apr 5, 2011 at 6:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterLiberatedCitizen
Lame stream media just reported the rebel "central bank" said they are going to run out of $ in 2 weeks don't you sheeple think
we should "borrow" some $'s from China to give it to them?
Apr 6, 2011 at 7:58 PM | Unregistered Commenterexpat

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