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      Lightbulb Cynthia McKinney of Georgia on theWithdrawal of US Troops From Iraq

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      November 18, 2005

      Statement in the US Congress From Congresswoman Cynthia
      McKinney of Georgia on the Withdrawal of American military
      forces From Iraq

      Mr. Speaker:

      The Republicans in this House have done a heinous thing:
      they have insulted one of the deans of this House in an
      unthinkable and unconscionable way.

      They took his words and contorted them; they took his
      heartfelt sentiments and spun them. They took his resolution
      and deformed it: in a cheap effort to silence dissent in the
      House of Representatives.

      The Republicans should be roundly criticized for this
      reprehensible act. They have perpetrated a fraud on the
      House of Representatives just as they have defrauded the
      American people.

      By twisting the issue around, the Republicans are trying to
      set a trap for the Democrats. A "no" vote for this
      Resolution will obscure the fact that there is strong support
      for withdrawal of US forces from Iraq. I am voting "yes" on
      this Resolution for an orderly withdrawal of US forces from
      Iraq despite the convoluted motives behind the Republican
      Resolution. I am voting to support our troops by bringing
      them home now in an orderly withdrawal.

      Sadly, if we call for an end to the occupation, some say that
      we have no love for the Iraqi people, that we would abandon
      them to tyrants and thugs.

      Let us consider some history. The Republicans make great hay
      about Saddam Hussein's use of chemical weapons against the
      Iranians and the Kurds. But when that attack was made in
      1988, it was Democrats who moved a resolution to condemn
      those attacks, and the Reagan White House quashed the bill in
      the Senate, because at that time the Republicans considered
      Saddam one of our own.

      So in 1988, who abandoned the Iraqi people to tyrants and a

      In voting for this bill, let me be perfectly clear that I am
      not saying the United States should exit Iraq without a plan.
      I agree with Mr. Murtha that security and stability in Iraq
      should be pursued through diplomacy. I simply want to vote
      yes to an orderly withdrawal from Iraq. And let me explain

      Prior to its invasion, Iraq had not one (not one!) instance
      of suicide attacks in its history. Research shows a 100%
      correlation between suicide attacks and the presence of
      foreign combat troops in a host country. And experience also
      shows that suicide attacks abate when foreign occupation
      troops are withdrawn. The US invasion and occupation has
      destabilized Iraq and Iraq will only return to stability once
      this occupation ends.

      We must be willing to face the fact that the presence of US
      combat troops is itself a major inspiration to the forces
      attacking our troops. Moreover, we must be willing to
      acknowledge that the forces attacking our troops are able to
      recruit suicide attackers because suicide attacks are largely
      motivated by revenge for the loss of loved ones. And Iraqis
      have lost so many loved ones as a result of America's two
      wars against Iraq.

      In 1996, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said on CBS
      that the lives of 500,000 children dead from sanctions
      were "worth the price" of containing Saddam Hussein. When
      pressed to defend this reprehensible position she went on to
      explain that she did not want US Troops to have to fight the
      Gulf War again. Nor did I. But what happened? We fought a
      second gulf war. And now over 2,000 American soldiers lie
      dead. And I expect the voices of concern for Iraqi civilian
      casualties, whose deaths the Pentagon likes to brush aside
      as "collateral damage" are too few, indeed. A report from
      Johns Hopkins suggests that over 100,000 civilians have died
      in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion, most of them violent
      deaths and most as "collateral damage" from US forces. The
      accuracy of the 100,000 can and should be debated. Yet our
      media, while quick to cover attacks on civilians by insurgent
      forces in Iraq, have given us a blackout on Iraqi civilian
      deaths at the hands of US combat forces.

      Yet let us remember that the United States and its allies
      imposed a severe policy of sanctions on the people of Iraq
      from 1990 to 2003. UNICEF and World Health Organization
      studies based on infant mortality studies showed a 500,000
      increase in mortality of Iraqi children under 5 over trends
      that existed before sanctions. From this, it was widely
      assumed that over 1 million Iraqi deaths for all age groups
      could be attributed to sanctions between 1990 and 1998. And
      not only were there 5 more years of sanctions before the
      invasion, but the war since the invasion caused most aid
      groups to leave Iraq. So for areas not touched by
      reconstruction efforts, the humanitarian situation has
      deteriorated further. How many more Iraqi lives have been
      lost through hunger and deprivation since the occupation?

      And what kind of an occupier have we been? We have all seen
      the photos of victims of US torture in Abu Ghraib prison.
      That's where Saddam used to send his political enemies to be
      tortured, and now many Iraqis quietly, cautiously ask: "So
      what has changed?"

      A recent video documentary confirms that US forces used white
      phosphorous against civilian neighborhoods in the US attack on
      Fallujah. Civilians and insurgents were burned alive by these
      weapons. We also now know that US forces have used MK77, a
      napalm-like incendiary weapon, even though napalm has been
      outlawed by the United Nations.

      With the images of tortured detainees, and the images of
      Iraqi civilians burned alive by US incendiary weapons now
      circulating the globe, our reputation on the world stage has
      been severely damaged.

      If America wants to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi
      people, we as a people must be willing to face the pain and
      death and suffering we have brought to the Iraqi people with
      bombs, sanctions and occupation, even if we believe our
      actions were driven by the most altruistic of reasons. We
      must acknowledge our role in enforcing the policy of
      sanctions for 12 years after the extensive 1991 bombing in
      which we bombed infrastructure targets in direct violation of
      the Geneva Conventions.

      We must also be ready to face the fact that the United States
      once provided support for the tyrant we deposed in the name
      of liberating the Iraqi people. These are events that our
      soldiers are too young to remember. I believe our young men
      and women in uniform are very sincere in their belief that
      their sacrifice is made in the name of helping the Iraqi
      people. But it is not they who set the policy. They take
      orders from the Commander-in-Chief and the Congress. It is
      we who bear the responsibility of weighing our decisions in a
      historical context, and it is we who must consider the
      gravest decision of whether or not to go to war based upon
      the history, the facts, and the truth.

      Sadly, however, our country is at war in Iraq based on a lie
      told to the American people. The entire war was based
      premised on a sales pitch—that Iraq had weapons of mass
      destruction menacing the United States—that turned out to be
      a lie.

      I have too many dead soldiers in my district; too many from
      my home state. Too many homeless veterans on our streets and
      in our neighborhoods.

      America has sacrificed too many young soldiers' lives, too
      many young soldiers' mangled bodies, to the Bush war machine.
      I will not vote to give one more soldier to the George W.
      Bush/Dick Cheney war machine. I will not give one more
      dollar for a war riddled with conspicuous profiteering.

      Tonight I speak as one who has at times been the only Member
      of this Body at antiwar demonstrations calling for
      withdrawal. And I won't stop calling for withdrawal.

      I was opposed to this war before there was a war; I was
      opposed to the war during the war; and I am opposed to this
      war now--even though it's supposed to be over.

      A vote on war is the single most important vote we can make
      in this House. I understand the feelings of my colleagues on
      both sides of the aisle who might be severely conflicted by
      the decision we have to make here tonight. But the facts of
      US occupation of Iraq are also very clear. The occupation is
      headed down a dead end because so long as US combat forces
      patrol Iraq, there will be an Iraqi insurgency against it.

      I urge that we pursue an orderly withdrawal from Iraq and
      pursue, along with our allies, a diplomatic solution to the
      situation in Iraq, supporting the aspirations of the Iraqi
      people through support for democratic processes.
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