Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1996. Kucinich does not believe that the U.S. should hold foreign states accountable for the actions of terrorists who operate within their borders. In this view, the 9/11 hijackers and their co-conspirators were an independent band of criminals who should have been prosecuted through legal, not military, channels. Says Kucinich: “When terrorists threaten our security, we must enforce the law and bring [them] to justice within our system of constitutional justice, without undermining the very civil liberties which permits our democracy to breathe.”
In Kucinich’s view, the U.S. is almost always to blame in matters of international conflict. He contends, for instance, that American anti-terrorism troops deployed in the Philippines, Yemen, Soviet Georgia, Columbia, and Indonesia only “create new possibilities for expanded war.” With regard to the military action that brought down the Taliban in 2001, he decried America’s “bombing of civilians in Afghanistan,” and lamented that “the blood of innocent people who perished on September 11 [was] avenged with the blood of innocent villagers in Afghanistan.” In September 2007 Kucinich went on Syrian television to condemn President Bush’s “illegal war” in Iraq.