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Hedges Joins Kucinich, Scahill for Teach-In on Ending U.S. Wars

Posted on Apr 30, 2010

Did Congress declare war on Afghanistan according to the rules set forth in the Constitution? According to David Swanson, who joined Chris Hedges, Jeremy Scahill, Ann Wright and Josh Steiber for a teach-in Thursday on Capitol Hill, that one depends on how you slice it, and it has to do—surprise!—with money.

For his part, Hedges brought his experience from covering wars in the Middle East, Latin America and Europe to bear on the larger discussion, moderated by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, about what Congress must do to end the current wars and secure peace in the Middle East.  —KA

For more on Thursday’s panel and panelists, click here.

Teach-In on Capitol Hill on Ending U.S. Wars from William Hughes on Vimeo.


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By amex, May 2, 2010 at 11:21 am Link to this comment

We’re not going to get anybody, including the changeling Obama, to stop those elitist bastard’s con job on the sleeping Amerikan.  They are not about to unemploy the soldier.  What are they going to do with all of those unemployed soldiers when they get back here?  These guys know how to shoot and kill people and they may be fucked up enough to come back and be angry with this fascist government.  What then???

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By LostHills, May 1, 2010 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment

Kucinich and Hedges: voices of reason crying in the wilderness.

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By Samson, May 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm Link to this comment

Faith understands the key point.

Congress can vote to end this war at any time by cutting off the money.  Anything else is just political theater.

Didn’t Congress just pass another multi-billion dollar, supplemental, off-budget ‘emergency’ war funding bill?  Don’t remember much opposition or even talk about it.

The Democrats are very good about pretending to take one stand (oppose the war, for example), while voting just the opposite when it really counts.

Never, ever forget that when push came to shove on the Big Health Corporation Enrichment Act of 2010 (aka ‘health care’), Kucinich turned out to be a reliable vote for the House leadership and corporate America.  When push really comes to shove, Kucinich is never on our side.

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By diamond, May 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment

The relevant question is not did they invade according to the constitution: the question is why did they invade at all? That is the question that needs to be asked again and again and again. Not one Afghan citizen was involved in 9/11 and Mueller, head of the FBI, has stated on several occasions that there is not one shred of evidence that Osama bin Laden had anything to do with the 9/11 attacks. All these kinds of inquiries do is nibble around the edges of the real corruption and the real lie. And of course, not one Iraqi citizen was involved either but that didn’t stop 1,000,000 Iraqis from dying in Cheney’s war. The constitution means nothing to the Pentagon and the CIA and the rich fascists who really run America and its wars.

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By itsnotworking, May 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment
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the only thing war needs is money and fresh young people to put in the line of fire. After years of ineffective peace movement work and observation, I’ve concluded that we can’t stop the flow of money—congress won’t do it. So we must stop the flow of people into the system. Let not one more young man or woman be recruited. The broad-based, on-the-ground recruitment is the Achilles heel of the whole enterprise.

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By faith, May 1, 2010 at 11:11 am Link to this comment

Congress holds the “power of the purse”.  If they would refuse to fund the “war on
terror” (what an ambiguous name, huh?) thus, drying up the defense contractors
windfall monies, there would be no war in the middle east that involved amerians. 
Our congress is foolish.  They have the right and the responsibility to “just say

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By amunaor, May 1, 2010 at 9:55 am Link to this comment

First of all, to begin with, it was never a ‘War’, so let’s stop lying about it, calling it what it isn’t; it’s a Big Lie!

Just look around, everyone has bought into the big lie; the ‘Global War on Terror’ has become a big cash cow, with an endless supply of milk. ‘War’ is a carte blanche shield to legitimize: murder, slaughter, rape and plunder; stop lying!

The Big Lie has morphed into a staging area for the Merchants of Death to display their prowess while testing their latest and greatest hardware/software, deployed by expendable, medicated, desensitized soldiers. (See wikileaks gun camera footage – Collateral Murder)

Everyone continues to legitimize, blessing, these ‘turkey shoot’ events under the false assumption that it’s a ‘war zone’. Who the hell turned it into a war zone? Let me remind everyone, the U.S. of A. did; under one of the BIGEST lies that even Joseph Goebbels would be proud of.

WikiLeaks—Collateral Murder

***Next, follow the money trail and Audit the Fed!

In this world of unchecked power and insatiable, bottom-line egos, the financial institutions have become psychopathic predators, who troll the sea of flesh, with baited glitzy ads designed to snare its next victim into a cycle of debt slavery.

It has been the abysmal failure of the descendant sentinels whose charge it was to mitigate the checks and balances to rein in the voracious ego. Perhaps the current light being shown upon these corporate financial criminals is the prerequisite medicine by which to chisel deeper into its façade, exposing it to the disinfecting rays of the sun, while introducing appropriate language to bind its rapacious ego.

In 1913, when the money powers centralized their control, consecrated within the creature of the Federal Reserve, the popular press from that bygone era criticized it as a, “den of vipers and thieves”, nothing has changed, it’s still a sanctuary for con-artists.

It’s been long overdue; it’s time for Dorothy to peek behind the curtain; the Federal Reserve; the façade for illusionists and enablers of those who binge on reckless debauchery, at the expense of the blind and poor.


Peace, Best Wishes and Hope

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By gerard, May 1, 2010 at 9:50 am Link to this comment
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Please!  This was a “teach-in”?  Who was taught what?
Who learned something they didn’t already know?  Or was this just an exercise in public speaking and video casting, a singing to the choir? 

The Rayburn Bldg. is at the heart of the beast, so to speak.  Did anyone who could make a difference in votes for more war attend?  What media channels were there and how did they publicize it? 

It’s the results of such activities wo need to know, not just the words spoken.

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By balkas, May 1, 2010 at 8:55 am Link to this comment

Let`s note please that hedges and ?all the other msm collumnists forever dwell on symptoms and usually pick one person or just one event-symptom and write ab it disconnectedly from ?all other salient symptoms.

Let`s consider that goldman-sachs, bailout, iraq `failure`, denial of medical treatment are mere symptoms; the FIRST CAUSE lies elsewhere.

I postulate that THE FIRST CAUSE for these and other symptoms is the division of people into, broadly speaking, less-valued and more-valued.

Not only that `teachers` in US have convinced most americans that they are less-valued and important- the `teachers` have convinced at least 99% of americans that other peoples` values, lore, dogmas, customs are evil and theirs holy.

Once that had been accomplished, the socalled teachers had a free hand to commit any crime against any other people they chose as victim and it had been either sanctified or approbated.

Nevertheless, moses, jesus, and mohammed have deceived even more people than some americans. However, methodology in deception is the same in both schemes: convincing many that a small minority was ordained to lead by god or some other tenet!

Gangsters have been ruling us for at least 8k yrs. If that continues, expect even worsening for lesser humans and betterment for greater humans or americans.

Meanwhile, back to symptoms we go. Remove one, two, three and mns to go! Now, that`s the change we can expect unless we remove the FIRST CAUSE! tnx

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By emaho1944, May 1, 2010 at 1:31 am Link to this comment

Money?  What money?  Unraveling any conspiracy always follows the same rule—-follow the money, honey!  Thanks to Jeremy, Ann, Josh, Chris and, of course, the tireless Dennis, who add their voices to the chorus.  “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World”—-was that a movie, or what?  Probably doesn’t matter, in the end.  It’s stil mad.  Many thanks to those who help us define and understand how far the madness has eroded our “culture”.

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By goldsombero, April 30, 2010 at 11:30 pm Link to this comment
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ofer .....

You forget.  To activists on both the left and right, its far more important to fight each other than it is to end the war.  If the left and right came together to end the war, then who could be the bogeyman in their fundraising letters?

Of course, that goes for Kucinich too.  It makes sense for the powerless to hold a conference and talk about what they’d like to do if they had power. But one would think a sitting US Congressperson could do more to stop the war than sitting around talking?  But, hey, its Kucinich, what do you expect?  Being useless while talking a lot is his specialty.

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By ofersince72, April 30, 2010 at 11:24 pm Link to this comment

Cris Hedges, you are working tirelessly for peace,
thank you,  you too DK.

Noticeably absent from the list of sponsers,   Where are the libertarian peace activists?
It was a big long list of sponsers, where is Ron Paul?

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By Screwjak21, April 30, 2010 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment
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How will i get my deployment patch or comabat badge if there are no more wars.

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