Rep. Barbara Lee


Rep. Barbara Lee discusses how how it felt being the only Congressperson (including Ron Paul) to vote against the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force,  how the AUMF continues to be used for justifying all manner of military actions, the Constitutional duty of Congress to declare war, the failure of public schools to teach foreign affairs or geography well and the need to maintain sanctions and reestablish diplomacy with Iran in order to “play it safe” on their nuclear program.

MP3 here. (18:35)

Congresswoman Barbara Lee was first elected to represent California’s 9th Congressional District in 1998 in a special election to fill the seat of retiring Congressman Ron Dellums.

A member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lee serves on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, the State and Foreign Operations and the Financial Services Subcommittees. Additionally, she serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee on the subcommittees on Western Hemisphere and Africa and Global Health.

Congresswoman Lee was sworn in as the Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on January 6, 2009. The 42-member CBC is one of the longest standing caucuses in Congress and is often referred to as the “conscience of the Congress” for their willingness to tackle the most serious social and economic issues facing minorities in the United States.

7 thoughts on “Rep. Barbara Lee”

  1. Rep. Lee did a lot of speaking-as-if Iran was an issue, but I heard no reason apart from the same old rumor -the one Fox also peddles. Hopefully she can come again and present some details, because I also remember a lot of talking-as-if Iraq was an issue -culminating in a certain sucker (or liar, I don't know which) presenting at the UN to gushing applause from Sean Hannity. But surely Ms. Lee is far more clever (honest?) then Colin Powell.

    …And didn't Iraq teach us that sanctions are for strengthening the regime, while punishing the people? Sanctions can also serve as a fulcrum for self generated persuasion: in a few years time they may remain the sole confirmation that Iran was an issue at all. Now is the time to keep this under the microscope.

  2. I'd have to disagree with Lee on her point that if more members of congress knew about places like Somalia, "we'd" be better off. Seems to me like if they knew about it, they'd be learning about it from neocons and "we" would all be worse off.

  3. Her Iran position is incoherent. What is this "believe" and "on the track" bs? Does she have any evidence. Let's see it.

  4. I join those who are puzzled by Lee's stance on the sanctions. It's difficult to understand why she would not consider Iran's nuclear "threat" in the same light as she previously considered the fear mongering over Iraq's (supposed) WMDs. She seems to imply that the sanctions will help keep the military option off the table. I would like to hear her explain exactly why she has that opinion as it seems quite likely that the opposite is true.

  5. Barbara Lee is a poseur. Did you catch her pronounciation of United Arab Emirates? She was totally out of her league when discussing Iran with Scott. It was like listening to a twelve year old explaining why it isn't necessary to get daily exercise.
    If Barbara Lee is the best American politics has to offer, you are much worse off than even I imagined.

    1. It’s "poseuse" for a woman …

      Rep. Lee voted SOLELY against Bush's documented and flagrant LIES, DECEPTION & WAR CRIMES and she's AGAINST butchering Iran as Iran seeks protection from both Israel (illegal nuke possessor/aggressor) and US (brutal nuke bully who's VERY, VERY THIRSTY for oil).

      If the US & ISRAEL want Iran NOT to possess NUKEs, then, SIMPLY, lead by EXAMPLE by ABOLISHING their nukes FIRST!!!

      No one's PERFECT, but if Rep. Lee is poseuse, then, by golly, the world needs MANY MORE "pretending" to be sane and “showing-off” to do so.

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