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House Proceeding 05-14-09 on May 14th, 2009 :: 0:23:45 to 0:25:15
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Tom Cole

0:23:31 to 0:23:51( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: the military portion that was worked out in negotiations between mr. murtha and mr. young. the extra dollars that were provided beyond what the administration requests i think were wise expenditures. i certainly don't agree with everything in the bill and have my differences over process both in the committee and more profroundly on this floor where i wish we had the amendments available that my friend mr. tiahrt mentioned.

Tom Cole

0:23:45 to 0:25:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Cole

Tom Cole

0:23:52 to 0:24:12( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: but by and large it's a great bill and frankly deserves our support. i want to think we ought to stop for a minute, mr. speaker, though, and recognize the significance of the vote that we're about to take. with the passage of this proposal, president obama and my --, in my mind at least, effectively becomes a war president in his campaign, he said that afghanistan was the

Tom Cole

0:24:13 to 0:24:34( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: central front in the war on terror and he also said if necessary he would move into other countries to pursue al qaeda. since he's been elected, i think he's actually pushed -- put those views into effect in this it legislation. and in other actions he's chosen a new commander, he's increased the size of our forces in afghanistan, dramatically, he's begun a civilian surge, which alters in

Tom Cole

0:24:35 to 0:24:55( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: some ways and i think appropriately, the nature of our mission. he's requested additional forces from european countries and frankly he's made it clear that he's expanding activity into pakistan. this is a major commitment. it's not a commitment that will be over in a year, frankly i suspect president obama will be dealing with this issue throughout his presidency,

Tom Cole

0:24:56 to 0:25:16( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: whether he's a one-or two-term president. as long as he continues to operate in this capacity, frankly i think he deserves bipartisan support. i think a war president deserves bipartisan support from congress. he'll certainly have it from me as long as he's consistent with the principles he's laid out and operates under the advice, although reserving the final

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