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House Proceeding 03-10-10 on Mar 10th, 2010 :: 0:47:00 to 0:52:10
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Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:47:00 to 0:52:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:47:19 to 0:47:40( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. mckeon: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise with my chairman, mr. skelton, the gentleman from missouri, chairman of the armed services committee. i join with my colleagues from the foreign affairs committee, my colleagues from the armed services committee in

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:48:07 to 0:48:27( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: they face snipers, mines, improvised explosive devices. the kucinich resolution does nothing to advance the efforts of our military commanders and troops as they work side by side with their afghan and coalition partners. representative kucinich's resolution, if enacted into law, would mandate the withdrawal of all u.s. troops

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:48:28 to 0:48:48( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: from afghanistan by the end of 2010. why consider this resolution now? why second guess the commander in chief and his commander so soon after the announcement of a new strategy? four months ago the president reminded us where we are in afghanistan. it was the epicenter of where

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:48:49 to 0:49:09( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: al qaeda planned and launched the 9/11 attacks against innocent americans. the president recommitted the united states to defeating al qaeda and the taliban and authorized the deployment of 30,000 additional u.s. forces. a portion of those forces have arrived and others are ready to

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:49:10 to 0:49:30( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: deploy. like most republicans, i support the president's decision to surge in afghanistan. i believe that with additional forces, combined with giving general mcchrystal the time, space and resources he needs we can win this conflict. we do not have a choice.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:49:31 to 0:49:51( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: we must defeat al qaeda and the taliban. this means taking allecessary steps to ensure al qaeda does not have a sant wear in -- sanctuary in afghanistan or pakistan. at the end of last year i hoped that the war debate in this country ended and we would give a chance for this strategy to work, we would give a chance for those soldiers, marines,

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:49:52 to 0:50:13( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: airmen, sailors who have been sent there to carry out their mission, to be successful. i had hoped as a nation we could move toward a place of action. we wouldn't be in a position of second guessing before we've even had a chance to complete that mission. during the debate last year, no one said that it was going to be easy. the current operation in

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:50:14 to 0:50:35( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: afghanistan has been successful, but has not come without challenges. however, as we stand here today, the afghan flag is flying in marja city's center, the taliban flag has been removed. this lone flag sends a clear message to afghans, that the central government is committed to people there, that we're not

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:50:36 to 0:50:56( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: going to cut and run, we're going to be with them and help successfully conclude this mission so that they can finally have peace. some have compared our efforts there to russians or others in the past and have talked about the defeat of other nations in this country. we're not there to take over this country.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:50:57 to 0:51:19( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: we're there to provide them freedom. that's why we're going to be successful. however, this debate is not being conducted in a vacuum. our troops are listening. our allies are listening. the taliban and al qaeda also are listening. and, finally, the afghan people are listening. this resolution sends the

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:51:20 to 0:51:40( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: message, pay no attention to the flag over there. america cannot be trusted to uphold its own values and commitments. i'll be attending a funeral saturday. each of us, i'm sure here, have had to perform that duty. it's not one i'm looking forward

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:51:41 to 0:52:01( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: to. i've attended several in the past. but at this point for me to go to that funeral and tell them that their son, sergeant galleg, lost his life over an effort that we're going to cut and run from is something i cannot do. mr. speaker, i want to send a

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:52:02 to 0:52:11( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: clear message to the afghan people and government that our coalition partners, our military men and women, this congress, believes in you.

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