11 Mar 2010

US Rep. Kennedy Lashes Out on Afghan War and Despicable Media Coverage

Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who is not seeking a new term, decried the war in Afghanistan and the media coverage of the debate in a remarkable display of anger Wednesday on the House floor.

The Rhode Island Democrat -- at times shouting himself hoarse in support of a measure pushed by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, that would end the war -- derided the notion that Afghanistan "is a real country."

Instead, he labeled it a "loose collection of 121 different sovereign tribes, none of [whom] get along with each other."

But Kennedy blew his stack in response to a Republican lawmaker who said that ending the war would send a message of surrender to the family of a soldier killed in Afghanistan last year.