Blame for Iraq should be placed closer to Congress

By Freedom Newspapers

On one hand, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, raises excellent points about the administration and his Democratic colleagues. Then again, Kucinich is being, well, Kucinich.

The long-shot presidential candidate from Cleveland raises valid points — as well as the government-as-the-answer ones you’d expect — in a video about Iraq and Iran on his Web site:

We’re not inclined to believe, as Kucinich states, that the war in Iraq was strictly about oil, but he’s dead on about the stance with Iran that both the administration and some of his fellow Democrats have taken.

There’s a lot of tough talk going on for a country with an overcommitted military and little in the way of allies willing to back hostilities.

Yet, in the midst of what should be a serious discussion about Iran, Kucinich last week filed and then withdrew articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney.

Kucinich said Cheney manipulated and fabricated intelligence on weapons of mass destruction to justify the Iraq war, The Associated Press reported. The articles of impeachment were “because the threat of war against Iran is very real,” the congressman said.

Kucinich canceled his impeachment attempt because of health concerns about Cheney. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., already said impeachment isn’t an option, so Kucinich apparently was just seeking attention.

Kucinich may very well be right about the administration’s and his fellow Democrats’ plans for Iran. But, with a Democratic Senate in 2002 authorizing President Bush to start war and a Democratic-controlled Congress now set to continue funding the war, Iraq is a bipartisan effort. And as Kucinich has noted, members of both parties refuse to rule out military options against Iran.

Congress authorized the administration to start a war. Rather than looking to a White House his colleagues permitted to declare war, Kucinich could more easily find people who deserve to be removed from office by looking in his own branch of government.