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Rep Dennis Kucinich Discusses US Foreign Policy & War In Syria

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In 1977, Dennis Kucinich became the youngest mayor in Cleveland history, and in 1996, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he is known for his idealism and activism. Kucinich ran for president in 2004 and 2008, coming up short. In 2007 and 2008, Kucinich introduced impeachment articles for Vice President Dick Cheney and President Bush respectively, regarding the Iraq War.

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After an intruder was able to jump over the fence and enter the White House, the Secret Service, an agency inthe Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is talking about augmenting security procedures. Ivan Eland saysit’s just one example of DHS’s bureaucratic approach tosecurity that often defies common sense. “Increasing bureaucracy rarely enhances security — in fact, the reverse is true. And instead of hysterically bombing the Islamic State — a group that focuses on establishing an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria rather than on striking the United States — and thereby making the group more prone to beginning suchretaliatory attacks, perhaps President Obama and Congress should work on transforming DHS to better defend against terrorist groups that actually are trying to do violence to the United States.” Ivan Eland is the author of several books including “The Failure of Counterinsurgency: Why Hearts and Minds Are Seldom Won.” He’s a senior fellow and director of the Center on Peace and Liberty at the Independent Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan, research and educationalorganization. 

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