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House Proceeding 06-11-09 on Jun 11th, 2009 :: 0:35:30 to 0:39:15
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Jeff Miller

0:35:26 to 0:35:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: armed services committee, but the armed services minority did not sign off on the bill before us, due to pending concerns. with that, i'm proud to yield five minutes from florida, mr. miller, the ranking member on the armed services subcommittee on terrorism and unconventional threats. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes.

Jeff Miller

0:35:30 to 0:39:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller

0:35:48 to 0:36:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: mr. miller: i thank the ranking member and appreciate you bringing up the fact that our friends on the majority are again talking about the bipartisan efforts that have been made with the armed services committee, all of the extensive gaucheuations that have taken place -- negotiations thaffer taken place. i am the ranking member on the

Jeff Miller

0:36:10 to 0:36:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: armed services committee, there has been no negotiation with any member of the minority side of the house armed services committee. you know, it sounds like a great thing to support when you look at the bill. at least the title of the bill. but when you start looking at it, reading it, listening to the people who it actually is going to affect, like general

Jeff Miller

0:36:32 to 0:36:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: david petraeus, who i met at sent come last week and at sent come last week and -- at centcom last week, he said it was it's going to tie our hands and not allow us to do wh to train and assist in this issue. nobody has any qualms or

Jeff Miller

0:36:55 to 0:37:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: quarrels with the majority side saying this is something that needs to be done. the issue is a jurisdictional problem with troords whether state or d.o.d. has input or actually controls what goes on in this program. look, i've been to pakistan and afghanistan three times in the last year. i understand what's going on there. i know how hard the pakistanis are fighting to control what's

Jeff Miller

0:37:18 to 0:37:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: going on. we need to do what we can do to help with the counterinsurgency problem. even our own president, it's my understanding the president does not support this particular piece of legislation and it has already been said on the floor today that senator kerry does not support this particular piece of legislation sornings those are the facts.

Jeff Miller

0:37:39 to 0:37:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: others may not want to necessarily address those facts and say that they are in fact true, but they are. and you know, i heard a member on the floor of the house yesterday trying desperately to get members to understand and believe that foreign service members as a whole are actually on the front lines. look, the state department

Jeff Miller

0:38:00 to 0:38:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: cannot compel any state department employee to go into a combat zone. this is a d.o.d. issue. this is a counterinsurgency issue. it needs to be in the basket, if you will, of the department of defense. the majority's tendency to use diplomacy for every single

Jeff Miller

0:38:21 to 0:38:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: thing should not result in a career state department bureaucrat running a military counterinsurgency operation. it jus as i said, they can't legally come 3el8 their people to go into a combat zone, but what they do is they use money for programs to fly muslim people from the united states of

Jeff Miller

0:38:42 to 0:39:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: america to sweden, to talk about issues in regards to islamic outreach, which i have serious concerns with that particular program. but that's the state department and that's what they want to do. i think they probably would have thought that the diplomatic efforts pakistan made in the swat valley was the thing we should have done. it was not something that

Jeff Miller

0:39:03 to 0:39:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: should have been done. we know the taliban broke the truce real quickly after that was done. but look, the department of state should not be taking the lead in this vital issue. it should be the department of defense and i think that

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