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House Proceeding on Feb 14th, 2007 :: 8:19:03 to 8:24:13
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Mike Rogers

8:15:47 to 8:19:03( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers

8:18:51 to 8:19:03( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Rogers: clauses go hand in and hand. there is no doubt about support for those who risk their lives to defend this nation. as a nation, we have learned sincerely to honor the warrior even when we

Donna M. Christensen

8:19:03 to 8:19:15( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: disagree with the war. i personally have been moved with our own interactions with our troops. i have been honored to meet with them here at home, in iraq, kosovo and other places. and

Donna M. Christensen

8:19:03 to 8:24:13( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Donna M. Christensen

Donna M. Christensen

8:19:15 to 8:19:29( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: i have mourned with their families when their service has led to the ultimate sacrifice. no one who spends time with the members of our armed forces can be failed to imimpressed with the dedication

Donna M. Christensen

8:19:29 to 8:19:42( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: and valor. in addition to guaranteeing they have the resources, equipment and compensation they need, supporting our troops means ensuring that the missions we ask them to perform or viable

Donna M. Christensen

8:19:42 to 8:19:52( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: and well designed in terms of our national objectives. the president's surge plan does not meet these criteria and congress should oppose it. the question before us today is whether an escalation of as

Donna M. Christensen

8:19:52 to 8:20:05( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: many as 48,000 american troops is the best way to turn things around in iraq. however, this question is part of a much larger debate and we must conduct a debate. there cannot be a simply

Donna M. Christensen

8:20:05 to 8:20:18( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: military solution to the challenges that we and the iraqi people face in iraq. the size of our military presence will not make the difference, because any solution to iraq's problems

Donna M. Christensen

8:20:18 to 8:20:33( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: will still be political, not military. . the recent estimate confirms that conclusion. the unclassified report said even the term civil war is not grave enough to talk about the security

Donna M. Christensen

8:20:33 to 8:20:44( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: challenges in iraq. the n.i.e. said that there were three identity football element that is could reverse negative trends, broader sunni acceptance of the federalist political structure, a bottomout

Donna M. Christensen

8:20:44 to 8:20:56( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: approach to help mend relationships between tribal and religious groups. note that none of these elements can be achieved by military force. the outgoing commander of multinational forces in iraq

Donna M. Christensen

8:20:56 to 8:21:08( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: recently stated, we need to get out of thinking this is solely a military conflict. all of our nation's strengths, diplomatic, economic, political, must find iraqis through this process. other

Donna M. Christensen

8:21:08 to 8:21:20( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: military leaders have he canowed this sentiment. my colleague from north carolina, brad miller and i, have legislation out that would send special envoice to the region to have iraq's neighbors

Donna M. Christensen

8:21:20 to 8:21:35( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: play a more productive role and to have a reconciliation process in iveragete it would also authorize a program to get would-be insurgents off the streets and into the workforce. and it would

Donna M. Christensen

8:21:35 to 8:21:47( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: provide ongoing support for democratic institutions, particularly at the local level. while enhancing our political and diplomatic efforts, our bill would de escalate our military commitment.

Donna M. Christensen

8:21:47 to 8:21:57( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: it would require president bush to develop an exit strategy for bringing our troops home by that date. we can no longer in iraq to do the impossible. in fact, their presence is fueling the

Donna M. Christensen

8:21:57 to 8:22:10( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: insurgency. it's a magnet for international terrorism. it's time for the military occupation of iraq to end and for iraqi leaders to assume responsibility for their country's future, for better

Donna M. Christensen

8:22:10 to 8:22:24( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: or for worse. some have argued that our troops must remain in iraq to prevent intolerable outcomes. but the outcomes we've most feared, a civil war, a training ground for terrorists and an

Donna M. Christensen

8:22:24 to 8:22:36( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: ascended iran have already become the reality despite the continuing presence of our troops. while a military presence may delay worse outcomes, it cannot prevent them. if we were to avoid a

Donna M. Christensen

8:22:36 to 8:22:51( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: regional war or an increase in iraq's carnage, our best hope is the diplomatic and political effort that i have proposed. mr. speaker, how we leave iraq does matter. a well-planned withdrawal

Donna M. Christensen

8:22:51 to 8:23:01( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: can enhance our ability to protect our troops and prepare iraqis to assume control. we must not make the mistake of ending the war like we did to beginning it. we should not hide behind this

Donna M. Christensen

8:23:01 to 8:23:13( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: imperative. we cannot allow an exit strategy to prevent or postpone an exit. i urge my colleagues to consider h.r. 634, which i believe offers the best way to pursue america's national security interests

Donna M. Christensen

8:23:13 to 8:23:26( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: in iraq. and let me close on a notion of caution. the resolution we're debating here today is necessary but it is not sufficient. the president should hear our message, which expresses the conviction

Donna M. Christensen

8:23:26 to 8:23:37( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: of the majority of the american people that the time to end our occupation of iraq has come. however, if he doesn't take steps to bring our troops home, the president should be under no illusion

Donna M. Christensen

8:23:37 to 8:23:46( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: that this nonbinding resolution exhausts congress' role. rather it's a first step in holding him accountable and reversing a failed policy that has made our nation less safe and has cost us so

Donna M. Christensen

8:23:46 to 8:23:58( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: much in blood and treasure. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. hunter: yes, mr. speaker, i'd like to recognize

Donna M. Christensen

8:23:58 to 8:24:13( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: the gentleman from florida, mr. miller, for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for five minutes. mr. miller: i thank the chairman for yielding.

Roger F. Wicker

8:24:13 to 8:24:26( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: and, mr. mr. speaker, i, too, rise in support of a victory in iraq but i rise to oppose this resolution and i hope to provide some historical perspective. make no mistake about it, this resolution

Roger F. Wicker

8:24:13 to 8:29:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Roger F. Wicker

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