New Exit Plan

With the Democrats now in control of Congress, Dennis Kucinich, one of Washington’s most committed opponents to the war in Iraq, plans to unveil sometime over the next few days what he calls a “comprehensive plan” to withdraw American troops and bring an immediate end to the war.

The Ohio congressman, who is mounting another presidential bid, has been on the fringes of Congress’ war critics, going so far to call for immediately cutting off funds for the war. He estimates that the war costs about eight billion dollars a month, and that of the $70 billion appropriated for the war in October, roughly $46 billion is left over.

“The next question is what do you use that money for,” Kucinich said. “Do you use it to dig a deeper hole or to get out. What I am advocating is to use the existing funds to brings the troops home.”

Kucinich’s plan depends, somewhat fantastically, on the cooperation and active involvement of an international community that to say the least seems extremely reluctant to help stabilize and rebuild Iraq.

“That money can also be used to set in place a security transition an international security force organized with the help of the UN,” he said. “If you want a new direction you have to reach out. And that includes Iran and Syria. The money is there to help fund an international force. The money can also be used for reconstruction, and reparations for Iraqis who have lost family members.”

That plan is unlikely to go anywhere, but the question of what to do with the next emergency supplemental funding request sent by the President, now expected to be as much as $160 billion, is very much up for discussion among Democrats.

–Jason Horowitz

New Exit Plan