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House Proceeding on Feb 14th, 2007 :: 10:27:39 to 10:34:10
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Joseph R. Pitts

10:21:14 to 10:27:39( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joseph R. Pitts

Joseph R. Pitts

10:27:22 to 10:27:39( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph R. Pitts: for five minutes. mr. clay: i thank the gentleman from american samoa for yielding. madam speaker, i rise to declare my absolute and unwaiving opposition to the president's plan to escalate this

Edolphus Towns

10:27:39 to 10:27:56( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: tragic and unnecessary war. four years ago i stood on the floor of this house to oppose the original force authorization resolution. at the time some of my colleagues cautioned me that i was taking

Edolphus Towns

10:27:39 to 10:34:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Edolphus Towns

Edolphus Towns

10:27:56 to 10:28:13( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: a risk by opposing the president and failing to support the war against terrorism. but i took that position because i believed then and still believe today that great nations do not start wars

Edolphus Towns

10:28:13 to 10:28:29( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: as a matter of policy. they exercise diplomacy and negotiation to avert threats and achieve security. the evidence that the administration presented did not clearly establish any imminent threat to our

Edolphus Towns

10:28:29 to 10:28:45( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: national security. i was convinced that invading iraq without international support and without unequivocal evidence that iraq was involved in 9/11 would dangerously drain our military strength. distract

Edolphus Towns

10:28:45 to 10:28:57( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: us from fighting the very real terrorist threat, and ultimately weaken our credibility around the world. now we can see that the war in iraq has emboldened our enemies and provoked the scorn

Edolphus Towns

10:28:57 to 10:29:11( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: of our allies. madam speaker, standing here four years later i can only wish that my assumptions were wrong. that invading iraq would somehow -- was somehow vital to our national security. we

10:29:11 to 10:29:29( Edit History Discussion )

were told that there were weapons of mass destruction and now we know there were no wmds. we were told that iraq oil revenue would pay for this war. now we know that was only a pipe dream

10:29:29 to 10:29:43( Edit History Discussion )

that has cost american taxpayers over $400 billion. we were told that our troops would be greeted as liberators and now we know that was only wishful thinking based on neocon fantasies and not

10:29:43 to 10:29:54( Edit History Discussion )

the facts. today american troops are embroiled in a bloody quagmire that has already resulted in over 26,000 american casualties. and now just this past week the defense department inspector

10:29:54 to 10:30:06( Edit History Discussion )

general reported that senior administration officials engaged in a deliberate misinformation campaign about al qaeda and saddam hussein. now we have learned that officials in our government

10:30:06 to 10:30:20( Edit History Discussion )

deliberately distributed altered intelligence assessments. such a misinformation campaign is unconscionable and greater threat to our national security than any act of terrorism. we are all

Edolphus Towns

10:30:20 to 10:30:35( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: familiar with the historians' observation that great nations are not conquered by outside forces until the nation has destroyed itself from within. i implore my colleagues to heed the lessons

Edolphus Towns

10:30:35 to 10:30:49( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: of history. do not allow the politics of deception to distort reality. this administration is denying the facts. it has repeatedly misled the congress and the american people and undermined our

Edolphus Towns

10:30:49 to 10:31:03( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: nation's integrity throughout the world. now the president is asking congress to register more support for a policy failure. escalating the military violence in iraq by injecting 21,000 more

Edolphus Towns

10:31:03 to 10:31:20( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: u.s. troops into a civil war. this reflects nothing more than this administration's obstinent refusal to face present realities. and a vast majority of americans want a responsible end to this

Edolphus Towns

10:31:20 to 10:31:42( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: war as soon as possible. they want our troops redeployed. they want us to alleviate the suffering of innocent iraqis. and they want us to finally tell the iraqi people that they must be engaged

Edolphus Towns

10:31:42 to 10:31:58( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: in their country's destiny. the future of iraq must ultimately be determined by them not by us. i want to conclude by quoting a good friend of mine and a fellow colleague. the distinguished chairman

Edolphus Towns

10:31:58 to 10:32:13( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: of the armed forces committee, ike skelton. in a recent statement he said, only the iraqis can change the situation there and bring lasting security to their nation. i remain convinced that

Edolphus Towns

10:32:13 to 10:32:26( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: a gradual and responsible redeployment of u.s. forces is the best way to help the iraqis take responsibility for their security and to restore the full strength of our military. i yield back

Edolphus Towns

10:32:26 to 10:32:45( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. king: while mr. clay and others did oppose the war, i certainly commend them for their consistency,

Edolphus Towns

10:32:45 to 10:32:57( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: the fact is the democratic leader at the time and many of the democratic leaders in the house and senate strongly supported the war resolution in october of 2002, both the house and senate.

Edolphus Towns

10:32:57 to 10:33:08( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: i yield to the gentleman from missouri. mr. clay: we had democrats on this side supporting it. it didn't make it right. it certainly didn't make it right. we were given false information as congress.

Edolphus Towns

10:33:08 to 10:33:27( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: and the country. mr. king: reclaiming my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. king: reclaiming my time. both former president clinton and others have

Edolphus Towns

10:33:27 to 10:33:45( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: said that these are the same intelligence as president bush did. with that i yield five minutes to the gentleman from tennessee, newly elected member, mr. davis. the speaker pro tempore: the

Edolphus Towns

10:33:45 to 10:33:58( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: gentleman from tennessee is recognized for five minutes. mr. davis: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in opposition to the resolution but in support of our troops. . god grants liberty only to those

Edolphus Towns

10:33:58 to 10:34:10( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it. that was true in the mid-1800's and it's still true today. i represent the first district of tennessee. tennessee is known as the voling

Peter T. King

10:34:10 to 10:34:22( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: untear state because of our heavy involvement in the mexican war and the volunteerness of our men and women. right now, there are brave men and women in our armed services who are sacrificing

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