US legislator fears Bush preparing to attack Iran

Date: 01-11-07

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Representative Dennis Kucinich, an Iraq war opponent and contender for the 2008 Democratic Party presidential nomination, said he fears that President George W. Bush is setting the stage for war with Iran.

Bush "appears to be setting the stage for a wider war in the region," Kucinich said in a statement issued after the president's late Wednesday speech on Iraq policy.

"He has blamed Iran for attacks on America. The president is vowing to disrupt Iran. He is going to add an aircraft carrier to the shores off the coast of Iran. He has promised to give Patriot missiles to 'our friends and allies.' Isn't one war enough for this president?" he asked.

"Does anyone in this Administration have any sense left at all? They are sending more US troops into the middle of a civil war!" he wrote.

Considered on the left flank of his party, the avowed pacifist wants Congress to cut off funding for the war.

The United States needs "to begin talks with Iran and Syria -- and not blame them for our misguided war in Iraq. Diplomacy is the only way to avoid a widening war. If we follow the President's path of war, we will get ... more war," he wrote.

Kucinich was a candidate for the 2004 nomination, which was won by Democratic Senator John Kerry. Then as now, the centerpiece of his presidential bid is his strong opposition to the Iraq war.


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