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House Proceeding on Feb 14th, 2007 :: 3:31:07 to 3:35:36
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Walter B. Jones

3:29:26 to 3:31:07( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Walter B. Jones

Walter B. Jones

3:30:50 to 3:31:07( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: troops will come home. so why not now? i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from michigan. mr. hoekstra:

Fred Upton

3:31:07 to 3:31:27( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: i'd like to yield five minutes to my colleague from ohio, ms. pryce. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from ohio is recognized for five minutes. ms. pryce: i thank the gentleman

Fred Upton

3:31:07 to 3:35:36( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Fred Upton

Fred Upton

3:31:27 to 3:31:42( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: for yielding. i especially thank you for your leadership on the floor through this very important debate. a hard debate for us here in the house of representatives and a hard debate for this

Fred Upton

3:31:42 to 3:31:56( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: country. mr. speaker, a new plan is being implemented. a new plan with political, economic, and military components. reinforcements are on their way even as we speak. the iraqis do need to do their

Fred Upton

3:31:56 to 3:32:17( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: part. we know that. president maliki tells us they will. if we reinforce now, they'll take it over. they will stand up because they must. and then we will come home. mr. speaker, not

Fred Upton

3:32:17 to 3:32:35( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: everyone believes that this is a good plan. it's sophisticated, it's comprehensive, but not everyone agrees that it's the right plan. and i understand that. this war certainly hasn't achieved

Fred Upton

3:32:35 to 3:32:51( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: its intended results. the president said, stay the course. some said no. the president now says, change the course. and the same folks say, no. that's fair. we have room in this great nation

Fred Upton

3:32:51 to 3:33:10( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: to disagree, but if that is the case that you don't want to stay the course or change the course then use the tools and powers available to you to stop the course. the tools are at your disposal. the

Fred Upton

3:33:10 to 3:33:21( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: power of the purse to defund the effort. you could repeal the authorization that most of us voted for in 2002. you could require troop withdrawal. you have that power and you have that right.

Fred Upton

3:33:21 to 3:33:39( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: but, mr. speaker, with the world watching, with islamic fundamentalists, jihadists just waiting, and with our troops working tirelessly to protect and defend us, don't pass this pointless resolution.

Fred Upton

3:33:39 to 3:33:53( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: if it meant anything it would be a different argument. but it won't bring one soldier home sooner, and it won't change the course of this war. it has no teeth. no muscle. but most of all it has

Fred Upton

3:33:53 to 3:34:11( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: no positive value whatsoever for us as a nation at war. some people say it sends a message to our commander in chief. and i believe that that's true. but that message pails compared to the message

Fred Upton

3:34:11 to 3:34:25( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: it sends to our enemies. our enemies who pledge that their jihad will last until their religion prevails in the world. not until we are out of iraq. until their religion prevails in the world.

Fred Upton

3:34:25 to 3:34:40( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: our enemies who believe it's their religions -- religious duty to bring hostility to the west and to america. they are tuned in today, mr. speaker, you better believe it. and no doubt they

Fred Upton

3:34:40 to 3:34:52( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: are cheering. but what this message says to our enemies and to the president and to everybody else in the world is nothing compared to what it says to our troops. this resolution says, your cause

Fred Upton

3:34:52 to 3:35:06( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: is lost. this impatient congress says thanks, but we have had our fill. this resolution says to our troops that your cause is no longer worthy and your friends have died in vain. and

Fred Upton

3:35:06 to 3:35:25( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: today we learn that this is only the first step in the slow bleed strategy. we can't say in the first paragraph that we support them and in the next paragraph that we can't reinforce them.

Fred Upton

3:35:25 to 3:35:36( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: we can't say that first we honor our troops and their service and in the next breath say that their cause really isn't worth it after all. mr. speaker, our military leaders have a plan. they

Walter B. Jones

3:35:36 to 3:35:49( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: don't have guarantees. there are no guarantees in war. general david petraeus asked for these troops. i met him when i was in iraq. he's one of the country's most qualified, brilliant military

Walter B. Jones

3:35:36 to 3:39:16( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Walter B. Jones

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