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House Proceeding 06-11-09 on Jun 11th, 2009 :: 1:25:45 to 1:29:10
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:25:41 to 1:26:01( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: and we certainly don't want a new nuclear power called qaeda. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:25:45 to 1:29:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:26:02 to 1:26:23( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: i'd like to reclaim my time and thank you to all of the wonderful people who came to my aid. the republican substitute, as i was saying, mr. speaker, also fully funds the administration's request for the critically important new pakistan counterinsurgency capability fund, pccf. forging an effective partnership with pakistan's military and intelligence apparatus has not been a straightforward affair.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:26:24 to 1:26:46( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: although the united states has enjoyed some success, our efforts have also been hampered by a series of exceptionally difficult problems. one is a matter of a threat perception and divergeans strategic priorities. with pakistan almost obsessively focused on their traditional rival in india. another problem is the legacy

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:26:47 to 1:27:07( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: of mistrust on both sides. a trust deficit, as i discussed earlier, that continues to greatly complicate our bilateral relations. and a third problem, a limited pakistani ability to conduct modern counterinsurgency and to some degree counterterrorism operations against al qaeda and their allies in the tribal areas.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:27:08 to 1:27:29( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: there's no question, for example, that pakistan needs to fully cooperate with new delhi in holding accountable all of those responsible for the brutal assault on mumbai as well as work with the u.s. and others on critical nonproliferation concerns. we do not disagree with the overarching goals and the strategic priorities that we

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:27:30 to 1:27:53( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: want to achieve in relation to pakian. our disagreement is that at this juncture we believe that the best way to achieve critical interests is to give the administration the scope to develop intensive, multiple approaches to rebuild, to

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:27:54 to 1:28:14( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: strengthen the relationship to pakistan. we believe the republican substitute is a more workable basis than the underlying bill for being a partner with pakistan at this critical time. the substitute heeds the concerns raised by secretary gates and the joint chief's chairman, admiral mullen, who

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:28:15 to 1:28:36( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: wrote about this underlying bill. the department is concerned about aspects of this bill. in particular, those provisions that impose conditions on the furnishings of military assistance that may undermine current administration authorities such as the global trained and equipped authority.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:28:37 to 1:28:57( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: and furthermore, this will allow -- this will allow the department to use the funds expeditiously and effectively without these purse strings as evolving circumstance may warran implement the president's strategy for the region most effectively. . i think substitute gets to what

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:28:58 to 1:29:10( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: the department of defense wants to do, what the obama administration wants to achieve at, our democratic allies i pakistan and here, our strong military in the u.s., wants to achieve.

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