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House Proceeding on Feb 14th, 2007 :: 1:31:19 to 1:37:04
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Carolyn McCarthy

1:25:37 to 1:31:19( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Carolyn McCarthy

Carolyn McCarthy

1:31:06 to 1:31:19( Edit History Discussion )

Carolyn McCarthy: from michigan. mr. hoekstra: at this time i'd like to yield five minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. thornberry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for five

Mac Thornberry

1:31:19 to 1:31:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: minutes. mr. thornberry: mr. speaker, i have listened to much of the debate yesterday and today, and i appreciate the efforts of my colleague from michigan to remind and educate us all about

Mac Thornberry

1:31:19 to 1:37:04( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mac Thornberry

Mac Thornberry

1:31:35 to 1:31:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: what's at stake for our security and how iraq fits not larger war against radical islamic terrorists. that is serious work. unfortunately this resolution is not serious work. i believe we

Mac Thornberry

1:31:51 to 1:32:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: have to start by asking a basic essential question -- why are we doing this? what is the purpose of this resolution? what good will come from passing it? i cannot find an acceptable

Mac Thornberry

1:32:06 to 1:32:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: answer. the struggle in iraq and the larger war against radical islamic terrorists is, in my view, the preeminent national security facing our country. it is important for congress to devote

Mac Thornberry

1:32:16 to 1:32:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: serious, meaningful attention to it. but whatever we do should have a purpose, a purpose that makes the united states stronger, a purpose that will help us be successful, a purpose we can

Mac Thornberry

1:32:31 to 1:32:44( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: explain and be proud of in years to come. here we have a nonbinding resolution, which means it does not have the force of law. it conveys an opinion. now we do that from time to time. we congratulate

1:32:44 to 1:32:59( Edit History Discussion )

a sports team. we express concern about curing a disease. we pat somebody on the back. we do express opinions. what is the opinion in this resolution? it is that we support the troops, but we

Mac Thornberry

1:32:59 to 1:33:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: do not support their mission. we support the troops but we do not support the new -- their new commander, who is this nation's preeminent strategist, an expert on counterinsurgency, who just

Mac Thornberry

1:33:08 to 1:33:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: wrote the manual for counterinsurgency, who was just approved by the senate unanimously. we support the troops but we don't support him or whatever he's trying to do. now what's the purpose

Mac Thornberry

1:33:23 to 1:33:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: of expressing that kind of self-contradictory opinion? and i continue to be troubled when i think when in the history of the united states has congress passed a resolution expressing an

Mac Thornberry

1:33:39 to 1:33:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: opinion on a battlefield strategy for an ongoing operation that congress has approved. it's like june 13, 1944, d-day plus seven, congress passes a resolution that says, we support the

Mac Thornberry

1:33:49 to 1:34:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: troops but eisenhower should have never landed at normandy. and besides, he doesn't have the right number of people to hit those beaches anyway. mr. speaker, i can only include that this

Mac Thornberry

1:34:01 to 1:34:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: resolution is more about political posturing than it is about anything else. and i think every american ought to be saddened and disappointed by it. we have a spectacle going on in this

Mac Thornberry

1:34:18 to 1:34:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: country where a group of people running for president try to outdo one another, to see who can be the most involved in iraq. just put yourself in the shoes of those men and women going

Mac Thornberry

1:34:33 to 1:34:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: into battle in baghdad. does this resolution encourage you or discourage you? put yourself in the shoes of those people who do not want stability in iraq. our adversaries. does this resolution

Mac Thornberry

1:34:49 to 1:35:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: encourage you or discourage you? put yourself in the shoes of those families, like ms. granger just visited, or the britt family in wheeler, texas that have lost their sons in their

Mac Thornberry

1:35:05 to 1:35:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: effort. does this resolution encourage you or discourage you? mr. speaker, i do not want to be misunderstood. mistakes have been made in iraq. and we need to learn from them. there are

Mac Thornberry

1:35:18 to 1:35:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: a good many questions that need to be asked, and there is very good reason for skepticism that this new strategy is really going to work. we should ask those questions. we should hold iraqis

Mac Thornberry

1:35:29 to 1:35:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: accountable for doing what they say they're going to do. i know there are some people who say, we don't need to ask any more questions. they've already made up their mind. they're ready

Mac Thornberry

1:35:41 to 1:35:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: to vote to leave today. ok. let's vote on that. people ought to be able to shoulder the responsibility for the consequences that come from that sort of vote. but this resolution is not

Mac Thornberry

1:35:54 to 1:36:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: serious. it's just political posturing, pure and simple. mr. speaker, this struggle is going to require the best of us for years and possibly decades to come. it will require that we put aside the

Mac Thornberry

1:36:07 to 1:36:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: political temptations to get a momentary partisan advantage. it requires that we do our constitutional duty not to be a rubber stamp to any administration. but to be an independent branch

Mac Thornberry

1:36:19 to 1:36:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: of government committed to serious, thoughtful work. to prevail over these radical islamic terrorists and protect our people, we are going to have to bring the full array of national assets.

Mac Thornberry

1:36:33 to 1:36:44( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: yes, our military, but also our diplomats and our foreign snats and our ideas and ideals. all of that is going to have to be at our best. but it's going to require the best of us too. and we

Mac Thornberry

1:36:44 to 1:36:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: are not giving our best with this resolution. hopefully we can do better. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey. mr. andrews: mr. speaker, in the spirit of bipartisanship, i

Mac Thornberry

1:36:55 to 1:37:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: yield an hour of our time to my friend and colleague, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. jones, and i ask unanimous consent that he be allowed to control this hour of time. the speaker pro

Walter B. Jones

1:37:04 to 1:37:23( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one hour. mr. jones: mr. speaker, i thank you and i apologize for my voice. and i thank the gentleman from new jersey. before

Walter B. Jones

1:37:04 to 1:40:31( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Walter B. Jones

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