by Monisha Bansal
October 22, 2007
Democratic presidential hopeful Rep.
Dennis Kucinich criticized President George W. Bush,
claiming that he is trying to start World War III.
Kucinich took issue with comments Bush made on Wednesday. For
instance, the president said:
"I take the threat of Iran with a
nuclear weapon very seriously. I've told people that if you're
interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to
be interested in preventing them from have (sic) the knowledge
necessary to make a nuclear weapon."
But in a statement released Thursday,
the congressman from Ohio said that by raising the specter of a
possible World War III predicated on Iran's nuclear energy
"the White House rodeo cowboy has
gone dangerously too far and precipitously too close to igniting
the war he claims to be trying to avoid."
"You can worry about the apocalypse, or, you can ensure it by
manipulating intelligence and, with pre-meditation, put your
finger on the trigger that will make Iran the next deadly domino
in the President's irresponsible and irrational approach to the
complex and sensitive political issues that make the region a
more volatile tinder box than ever before," Kucinich said.
White House Press Secretary Dana
Perino responded to questions about the president's remarks
during her daily briefing by saying the president was focusing on
the consequences of Iran having a nuclear weapon.
"This is a country that has a leader
who says that his goal is to wipe Israel off the face of the
earth," she said.
"It is a country that is sending its foreign fighters into Iraq
that are targeting our troops, killing our troops and killing
innocent Iraqis. They are a state sponsor of terrorism -
especially Hezbollah - and the world community through the
United Nations Security Council has said that Iran should not be
allowed to have a nuclear weapon," Perino added.
Kucinich, a vocal opponent of the war in
Iraq, noted that it's not the first time Bush has,
potential of another world war to bolster support for his
monumentally failed foreign policy.
"If the President continues policies
that fuel the extremists in Iraq because of our continued
occupation, and if he continues rallying support in Congress for
possible aggression against Iran, he is purposely fulfilling his
own prophesy and sentencing this nation and its brave sons and
daughters to a war that never ends and a newer, bigger war that
will be even more horrific," he said.
The invasion and occupation of Iraq,
"provide overwhelming evidence that
the President and his cohorts in the administration and in the
Congress deceived the American people, lied to them, and
violated their Constitutional oaths of office."
"Using that wholly fraudulent proposition to springboard to an
attack on Iran is not only constitutionally impeachable, it is
patently criminal under the laws of this nation," he added.
But Perino said,
"We are going to continue to work
this issue diplomatically, we believe it can be resolved
diplomatically, we're tightening the financial sanctions on the
country, and that is having an impact."
"What the President was making was a point that Iran with a
nuclear weapon would have very negative consequences for the
region," she clarified.