July 23rd, 2007
07:31 PM ET
3 years ago

Kucinich doctrine: Strength through peace

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The first major applause of Monday's CNN/Youtube debate went to Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio.

In response to a YouTube question asking, " What do you have that they do not have?", the congressman described his vision for a more peaceful America.

"I say we achieve strength through peace. That's the new doctrine that I'm going to promote through this campaign."

Citing his family's military background and his long-held opposition to the Iraq war, Kucinich outlined a shift in American foreign policy that he would advocate: "an approach which says that you can use international agreements and treaties, that you can work to set your difference without committing the young men and woman to war unless it's absolutely necessary."

–CNN Contributor Josh Lipsky


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  1. Jack, Durham, NC

    "Strength through peace."

    Oh yeah. Al Queda is shaking in their boots.

    And to think Democrats actually think one of their own can do better than Bush in national security affairs.

    July 23, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  2. Laura, Melbourne, FL

    I'm assuming you mean Al Qaeda. And speaking of Bush's national security affairs strategy...Wait a second, what strategy? There is absolutely no way that any Democrat in the 2008 presidential race could be worse than Bush concerning this issue.

    July 28, 2007 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  3. Ronald Gumpert, Oceanside Long Island New York

    I am extremely disappointed by the unfair treatment – not equal time for each candidate = paticularily Rep. Kucinich. He is the only candidate that is truly in touch the majority(70%)of the American people who want this Iraq war to end and our troops to come home now. He is the only candidate that has proposed a " PEACE Plan " that allows our troops to be removed from this civil war and the UN to replace them and negotiate a peace deal between all of the waring parties. The members of this team would be representative of all of the countries in the middle east. The US is inviolation of the United Nations Charter by being a " an outside AGGRESSor. " This violation has been made public by the former Secretary General of the United Nations Koffi Annan!
    Give Rep. Kucinich equal time. An ask Koffi Annan to ask the candidates wether they are aware of this violation of international law and what do they think they should do about this violation.

    July 29, 2007 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  4. Joel Thompson, Buffalo, NY

    Dennis Kucinich should be admired for taking such clear cut positions on so many issues this campaign season. I believe it can only help his fellow Dems.

    I blogged about this doctrine at http://www.BLoTics.blogspot.com, and I would love to hear your response.

    July 31, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Asher, Cleveland, OH

    The point of foreign relations is not to scare people. It's to have them avoid attacking us.

    If they have no reason to kill us, that's great. I would rather Al Quida not be afraid of us and just have no reason to kill us.

    August 1, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |