“Bombing Syria would make US pilots ‘Al-Qaeda’s air force”
- Dennis Kucinich
Former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich calls out U.S. President Obama on the unconstitutional decision to strike Syria…
The democratic former congressman has had a history of opposing military campaigns, such as the Iraq war and the “kinetic” conflict in Libya.
The White House continues to make claims that this is not a regime change and that this will not be a prolonged open-ended conflict, we’ve heard this before…
‘Bombing Syria would make US pilots ‘Al-Qaeda’s air force’
A ‘targeted strike’ on Syria by the US would be nothing but an act of war, former Congressman Dennis Kucinich said, adding that an airstrike on President Assad’s anti-radical Islamist forces would mean the US Air Force was supporting Al-Qaeda.
Kucinich, a prominent anti-war politician who has consistently opposed America’s military involvement in Iraq and Libya, warned that President Barack Obama would be violating the US Constitution if he took military action against Syria without authorization from Congress.
An airstrike on Syria would also embolden multinational jihadists with links to Al-Qaeda, warned Kucinich, a four-time Congressman who was a longshot contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008. For the US, that would mean being dragged into yet another war in the Middle East, he said.
U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)
“So what, we’re about to become Al-Qaeda’s air force now?” said Kucinich. “This is a very, very serious matter that has broad implications internationally. And to try to minimize it by saying we’re just going to have a ‘targeted strike’ — that’s an act of war. It’s not something to be trifled with.”
Kucinich, who stood down in January after losing the Democratic nomination for his seat in the House of Representatives, said he doubted the allegations that President Assad had used chemical weapons against his own people.
“This is being used as a pretext,” he said. “The verdict is in before the facts have been gathered. What does that tell you?” said Kucinich, adding that the Obama administration was “rushing” toward a possible“World War 3.”
Questions from Congress
While Kucinich is one of the most consistent opponents of US intervention in the Middle East, he is not the only US politician to question military action against Syria.
While US Secretary of State John Kerry has pointed to “undeniable” evidence of Assad’s involvement in the chemical attack in Damascus, and White House spokesman Jay Carney has accused Assad of violating “an international standard,” a number of US lawmakers have questioned spoken military strikes on Syria without the issue being brought before Congress.