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House Proceeding 04-08-08 on Apr 8th, 2008 :: 0:01:16 to 0:06:53
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have been supported by iran, including the side he lined up with. as a matter of fact, there are some reports that suggest that maliki did this for political purposes and then we get dragged

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: in because the iraqis cannot sustain their own fight and we get dragged in a major fight once again backing up maliki in a way which we put our sons and daughters at risk. those are american

Howard L. Berman

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Speech By: Howard L. Berman

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: officials who were quoted unofficially saying, not on the record, but quoted as saying this is what maliki did. all sides on that side have been trained by the iranians. >> that is not how iraqis

Howard L. Berman

0:02:03 to 0:02:21( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: are viewing the whole basra operation. there has been very broad gaugeed support for prime minister maliki and his government for what he did and of course is still doing down in basra. this

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: is again, sunni, shia and kurdish support. they see this as a courageous decision to go after shia extremists as well as sunnis. >> ambassador let me read to you what i'm talking about. in an

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: article in the "washington post" that says, among other things, maliki decided to launch the offensive without consulting his u.s. allies. u.s. officials say they believe iran has provided

Howard L. Berman

0:03:01 to 0:03:18( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: assistance in the past to all three groups, the madi army, the organization of the islamic supreme council, issuing's largest party and forces loyal to the seat. but they see the conflict

Howard L. Berman

0:03:18 to 0:03:41( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: as a purely internal iraqi dispute and they say maliki is having the first salvow. power and resources where american troops are being used where i don't see how that pursues our national interest.

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: let me ask you this, general petraeus, you said this morning in the armed services committee that you describe our reconstruction efforts as quote, priming the pump for the iraqi government to

Howard L. Berman

0:04:00 to 0:04:25( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: be able to provide basic services, is that correct? >> not reconstruction efforts, sir. these are local, small, very small grants, small projects and so forth that once we have cleared an area, typically,

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: most typically of al qaeda or other sunni extremists's influence, just to get small businesses going again, very small repair jobs. >> what about the $25 billion that we have spent in foreign

Howard L. Berman

0:04:49 to 0:05:04( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: assistance in iraq? are those the achieved goals that we want? >> are you talking about the iraqi reconstruction funds, the $20 billion? in many cases, they have. in some cases, security

Howard L. Berman

0:05:04 to 0:05:22( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: conditions made it difficult to bring projects to closure in a timely fashion. we have kept at these. we have recently handed over, for example, a major water treatment plant that we finished.

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: >> i'm glad you mentioned that. let me read to you a series of facts, $25 billion of american taxpayer money, 43% of iraq's population lives in poverty. 19% of iraqi children suffer from

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: malnutrition prior to the war. today that figure is higher, 28%. last year, 75% of iraqi elementary-aged children attended school according to the iraqi minister of education, now it's

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: only 30%. 50% of iraqis lacked regular access to clean water prior to 2003. 50%. now, it's higher. 70%. only 50 of the 142 u.s.-funded primary health care centers are opened to the public

Howard L. Berman

0:06:03 to 0:06:17( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: and i could go on and on. to me, i look at iraq having $30 billion in reserves held in the federal reserve of new york , another $10 billion in development funds, significant budgetary

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: surpluses from previous years and a projected 7% economic growth rate and i say how is it that the american taxpayer is, after $25 billion and those are the results, how is the american taxpayer

Howard L. Berman

0:06:35 to 0:06:53( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: expected to pay for more? >> i don't know where those figures came from or what -- >> do you dispute them? do you dispute them? >> i don't know what their basis is. you know, i do know there

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: is other data out there. there was an abc-bbc poll and they have been conducting polling in iraq since 2004. their march poll would fell a different story. you mentioned education. 63% believe

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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Speech By: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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