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House Proceeding 05-17-06 on May 18th, 2006 :: 0:43:28 to 0:47:49
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go back and discuss this incident? >> yeah. this is -- if you look -- the basis happened on november 19. it was discovered by "time" magazine in march and they started to investigate it in

Melvin L. Watt

0:43:28 to 0:43:41( Edit History Discussion )

Melvin L. Watt: march. and i kept hearing reports from marines that came out of the field that something like this had happened and now i understand the investigation shows that in fact there was no

Melvin L. Watt

0:43:28 to 0:47:49( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Melvin L. Watt

Melvin L. Watt

0:43:41 to 0:44:01( Edit History Discussion )

Melvin L. Watt: firefight, there was no explosion that killed the civilians in a bus. there was no bus. there was no shrapnel. there was only bullet holes in the house where the marines had gone in. it's

Melvin L. Watt

0:44:01 to 0:44:20( Edit History Discussion )

Melvin L. Watt: a very serious incident, unfortunately. it shows the tremendous pressure that these guys are under every day when they're out in combat and the stress and the consequences. you saw the other

Melvin L. Watt

0:44:20 to 0:44:39( Edit History Discussion )

Melvin L. Watt: day where we have so few people. i think it was today's paper. they have an eight-page report that shows some people with psychological problems are being given drugs and are sent back to combat.

Melvin L. Watt

0:44:39 to 0:44:51( Edit History Discussion )

Melvin L. Watt: >> is the pentagon releasing anything? >> the pentagon is doing -- and hopefully you will see the report in the paper shortly about what the results are, but there's no results so far as

Melvin L. Watt

0:44:51 to 0:45:04( Edit History Discussion )

Melvin L. Watt: i've seen in a indicate it was the fault of the iraqies in this case. one man was killed with an i.e.d., and after that you had -- they actually went until the house and killed -- went into

Melvin L. Watt

0:45:04 to 0:45:18( Edit History Discussion )

Melvin L. Watt: the house and killed women and twirnchirn. there was twice as originally reported by "time." >> the power of congress in this is the power of -- they haven't listened to you in six months.

Melvin L. Watt

0:45:18 to 0:45:35( Edit History Discussion )

Melvin L. Watt: all the talk has been, support the troops, support the troops, support the troops. in order to make your point and get more action, are you willing to lead a movement to withhold funds, cut down

Melvin L. Watt

0:45:35 to 0:45:48( Edit History Discussion )

Melvin L. Watt: the appropriations for the military that funds that operation? >> well, i've never been willing to cut that funds, even in vietnam, towards the end of the war for the vietnamese. i think you have

Melvin L. Watt

0:45:48 to 0:46:07( Edit History Discussion )

Melvin L. Watt: to fund the troops that are out in the field. we need to have a plan from the executive branch which shows a timetable to get out. i think it needs to be a short timetable. you are going

Melvin L. Watt

0:46:07 to 0:46:23( Edit History Discussion )

Melvin L. Watt: to see it. you are going to see it this fall. you are going to see troops -- what i see is them moving in that direction. i see reconstruction money being cut off. i see the state department

Melvin L. Watt

0:46:23 to 0:46:36( Edit History Discussion )

Melvin L. Watt: rehad a bill fashion money, the money they used of using -- i see the state department rehabilitation money, the money they are using. it won't replace people that are in there. they have

Melvin L. Watt

0:46:36 to 0:46:51( Edit History Discussion )

Melvin L. Watt: 260,000 troops trained, i've seen. they took their uniforms off, threw them down on the ground. that's what the troops tell me versus what the generals tell me of how well trained they are.

Melvin L. Watt

0:46:51 to 0:47:06( Edit History Discussion )

Melvin L. Watt: the general in hadifa area told me while i was there -- this was last august. he said, i don't have enough troops to do my mission. and this is true, i think, all over the country. i talked

Melvin L. Watt

0:47:06 to 0:47:19( Edit History Discussion )

Melvin L. Watt: to one of the generals who was in the original meeting when they asked for a number of troops. now this is the first time i heard this first hand. there were five people in the room, secretary

Melvin L. Watt

0:47:19 to 0:47:33( Edit History Discussion )

Melvin L. Watt: rumsfeld, secretary wolfowitz, general pace, general meyers and this three star. and he said, we asked for 350,000 troops. and, of course, they didn't get 350,000 troops. so when they say they

Melvin L. Watt

0:47:33 to 0:47:49( Edit History Discussion )

Melvin L. Watt: got the number that they asked for, that's just not true. yes, sir? >> congressman, in the context of your resolution and your concern about the troops, what do you think about the president's

Mario Diaz-Balart

0:47:49 to 0:48:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: plan to send the national guard down to the border? a lot of people are saying they're stretched pretty thin already. they are talking about them giving them a seat on the joint chiefs.

Mario Diaz-Balart

0:47:49 to 0:55:42( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mario Diaz-Balart

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