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House Proceeding 03-10-10 on Mar 10th, 2010 :: 2:26:55 to 2:30:50
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Joe Sestak

2:26:55 to 2:30:50( Edit History Discussion )
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Joe Sestak

2:27:13 to 2:27:33( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: as a congress to have this long overdue discussion on our involvement in afghanistan. according to the war powers resolution, we have a role to play and it's time we as a congress exercise our authority. whether you agree or disagree with the escalation in afghanistan we need to debate it, we need to vote on it and we need make a decision. we must not give up the powers

Joe Sestak

2:27:34 to 2:27:55( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: we were given in the constitution. in the wake of 9/11, i did support a military response to the direct threat that afghanistan posed in our nation. i believed then it was the correct response and i believe now it was. in concert with our nato allies. nine years later, i believe

Joe Sestak

2:27:56 to 2:28:16( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: congress has the duty to re-evaluate america's involvement in a war that seems to have bogged down with few signs of success. i believe had we not taken our focus off afghanistan in order to invade and cupy iraq, we would not be in the situation we are in today but pressing ahead without regard tour best

Joe Sestak

2:28:17 to 2:28:38( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: interest and ignoring our war powers prerogative is the wrong course. we cannot tolerate the presence of terrorists seeking to harm our nation anywhere in the world. we must ask ourselves if long-term occupations are the correct answer to this threat. we must also be clear in our analysis of our situation in that country. we have a partnership with a

Joe Sestak

2:28:39 to 2:28:59( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: government that seems increasingly unstable, corrupt, and almost completely incapable of maintaining control over vast stretches of the country. we seem unable to eradicate the taliban enemy. they scatter before our troops into lawless regions and then onceur troops leave, without an effective government in

Joe Sestak

2:29:00 to 2:29:21( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: afghanistan, it's hard to se this pattern changing as the local population cannot count on the taliban ever being gone for good. this is a costly war without an end inight. it's a costly war to our brave soldiers and to their families. it is a -- it is costly because resources desperately needed to feed the hungry to find a way

Joe Sestak

2:29:22 to 2:29:43( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: forward on health reform and to fix our failing schools are being rirected to an effort whose success is questionable. here at home, we have had precious little debate over this war. we have seen our troops' numbers rise to above those in iraq and yet we have no rea benchmarks or goals after which we will leave.

Joe Sestak

2:29:44 to 2:30:04( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: we continue to spend massive amounts of money to maintain the occupation of both countries and worst of all we ask our brave men and women in uniform to continue to sacrifice their lives and bodies to this war without our nation sacrificing similarly. the least we can do to honor their service is to debate and

Joe Sestak

2:30:27 to 2:30:47( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: to confront bin laden and the perpetrators of that act, i cannot now, nine years later, agree toon effrt which has moved in a different direction with different goals. mr. kucinich, i commend you for raising this painful subject and allowing our chamber to engage in honest and open debate. our courage is beyond anything that other members can ever

Joe Sestak

2:30:48 to 2:30:51( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: think of. our troops and our nation

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