Kucinich: 'Belligerent' Bush Admin. trying to 'deceive' US into 'yet another war'
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Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), one of the most anti-war members of the House, accused the Bush Administration's labeling of Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization a prelude for war there.
"The belligerent Bush Administration is using this pending designation to convince the American public into accepting that a war with Iran is inevitable," Kucinich said. "This designation will set the stage for more chaos in the region because it undercuts all of our diplomatic efforts."
Kucinich, who is mounting a second dark horse race for the presidency, has called for Vice President Dick Cheney's impeachment. Introducing an impeachment resolution in April, Kucinich accused Cheney of manipulating intelligence in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq and "rattling the sabers of war against Iran," as RAW STORY reported at the time.
On Wednesday, reports emerged that the Bush administration was considering classifying Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organizations. The Revolutionary Guard would be the first national military included on the list.
"This new label provides further evidence for Iran's leaders that there is no point to engage in diplomatic talks with the United States if our actions point directly to regime change," Kucinich said in a statement released by his office. "Our nation is better served by demanding sensible and responsible diplomatic foreign policy initiatives from the Bush Administration.
"This is nothing more than an attempt to deceive Americans into yet another war-this time with Iran," Kucinich concluded.