What is this election's most dangerous idea?
Dennis Kucinich is a Democratic congressman and presidential also-ran. Kucinich graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1973 with a BA and an MA in speech and communication. He began his political career early: he was elected to the Cleveland City Council at 23, and became mayor in 1977 at the age of 31. After spending much of the 1980's out of government, Kucinich was elected to Congress in 1996; he is currently in his sixth term. In Congress, Kucinich has a staunchly liberal and anti-war record. He is a strong advocate of national health care, clean energy, and an immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. Kucinich even brought articles of impeachment against Vice-President Dick Cheney, though the bill was killed before it could reach the House floor. Kucinich first ran for president in 2004; he ran again in 2008. In 2003, he received the Gandhi Peace Award, bestowed by the Quaker organization Promoting Enduring Peace. Kucinich is the author of a memoir, The Courage to Survive, as well as a collection of speeches, A Prayer for America.
Question: What is this election's most dangerous idea?
Dennis Kucinich: That all options are on the table with respect to Iran. And that’s something Senator Clinton, Senator Edwards and Obama have all said. Now they may not be saying it now because the drumbeat of war is louder. But they said it at a time when the Bush administration was looking to see who would support their ideas about buildup towards war against Iran. So Senator Clinton, Senator Edwards, and Senator Obama have all licensed the Bush administration’s buildup to war against Iran, and it is very dangerous. The Bush administration is . . . this is . . . At this point it’s . . . it’s well known that they’re talking about retrofitting B-2 stealth bombers with 30,000 pound bombs to be dropped on nuclear research labs in Iran. It’s a dirty bomb you could call it. You could call it another Chernobyl in the making. I call it a war crime, and we have . . . we have officials in the White House who have already committed war crimes by planning an attack on a nation that did not attack us; and by planning to drop a weapon that will have a catastrophic effect that will release radiation when it’s dropped on these nuclear research labs. There will be radiation released that will go perhaps hundreds, even thousands of miles that will poison the land and poison maybe millions of people. There’s another question here. It’s not, “What’s the most dangerous idea that I’ve heard?” The question is, “Where’s our conscience?
Recorded on: 10/19/07
Dennis Kucinich wonders where is our conscience.
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