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House Proceeding 06-23-09 on Jun 23rd, 2009 :: 1:33:50 to 1:40:10
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John R. Carter

1:33:46 to 1:34:09( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: hurt anybody, we're just trying to help the american people and i yield back to my colleague from texas. mr. carter: and i thank my friend. let me say, first, being no biblical scholar but that's from the sermon on the mountain where the cinder out of your neighbor's eye before you take

John R. Carter

1:33:50 to 1:40:10( Edit History Discussion )
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John R. Carter

1:34:10 to 1:34:32( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: the plank out of your eye. and that's fine. but i know that somebody thinks -- most everybody thinks this is a very con tin jouse place and so when people start talking about these things, they think, oh, it's that same old stuff. i want you know that the announced date of the firing of

John R. Carter

1:34:33 to 1:34:55( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: that rocket by north korea is independence day, july fourth. that's the day they said they're going to shoot a rocket at hawaii. now, i'm assuming that the white house and the select committee on the house and senate on intelligence are very, very

John R. Carter

1:34:56 to 1:35:17( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: interested in knowing accurate information about what's going to be on the nose of that rocket when it's fired. because, quite frankly, if you want to restart the korean war, how spectacular could it be that they'll have an med missile fired at one of our states and

John R. Carter

1:35:18 to 1:35:38( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: then invade across the 38th parallel? it could be disastrous. it's not my imagination working, it's happened before. i mean, the invasion took place, that's what started the korean war. they've got the largest -- one of the largest armies in the world. they're saying that they have canceled the armistice.

John R. Carter

1:35:39 to 1:36:00( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: now, under technical rules of war, canceling an armistice re-instates the war. we're not treating it that way. because regular rules of war kind of have been changed, not by what's written in the books, but by usage. so we never really called it a war, we called it a conflict and so forth, like we've done in so many other things we do.

John R. Carter

1:36:01 to 1:36:23( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: but the reality is they said the armistice is off, which means we should be technically back fighting. they said they're going to fire a missile on our independence day, the fourth of july. now why do i bring that up? because by my watch, this is the 23rd day of june. we've got to be able to trust

John R. Carter

1:36:24 to 1:36:44( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: our intelligence committee and r intelligence community in what? that's the next 10 days, in the next 10 days we have to be able to have that confidence in them. and we've already got the third most -- the third person in line for the presidency of the united

John R. Carter

1:36:45 to 1:37:06( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: states telling this body that the intelligence cmunity lied about what they said about briefing them. now, you know what? i'll even give you the ways it can be handled. this place is full of things that go on that are very confusing. it could be i made a mistake, i

John R. Carter

1:37:07 to 1:37:27( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: didn't understand the briefing, yeah, i heard it b i didn't realize what he was saying, there's lots of things to be said, but to sit here with this -- it's trying to just go away, the president isn't talking go away but it's not going to go away if on the fourth of july and the missile's on its way, we have a decision to make, do we

John R. Carter

1:37:28 to 1:37:48( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: take it down, shoot down that missile as it heads towards hawa get there, but if it can, do we shoot it down or do we let it fall into the ocean and take our chances or do we let it fall on one of the islands in hawaii and take our chances or what are we going to do? the intelligence community, how

John R. Carter

1:37:49 to 1:38:10( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: safe do you think that launch is? they give us a fact. now the meeting's behind closed doors and somebody says, yeah, they tell us it's got a nuclear warhead on it but they lied to pelosi. you know, are they lying to us? do we want that? is that good governance of this country?

John R. Carter

1:38:11 to 1:38:31( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: there's a lot of -- and the reason you have to raise this issue is because there's so much politics involved in all of this. it's all about politics. as well as what really happened. and at this point, with somebody announcing on the fourth of july they're firing a long range missile, you got to put politics

John R. Carter

1:38:32 to 1:38:52( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: aside at that point in time and say, trust the committee, they don't lie, because they're going to tell us what's happening with that missile. that was my -- that's my whole take in this deal. and the truth is, what i've been trying to talk about since day one of this conversation i've

John R. Carter

1:38:53 to 1:39:13( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: had when i brought up the rangel rule and all these other things is that if we as members of this house have questions that we think need to be resolved, we have only one place to go and that's to our colleagues in this house and say, these issues need to be resolved. if there's nothing to them, we need to find out there's nothing

John R. Carter

1:39:14 to 1:39:34( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: to them. but they need to be resolved. and if you're draining the swamp that means you're going to address issues as they come up. if something stinks over in this part of the swamp, you drain that swampnd fine out what's stinking. that's what she meant when she said draining the swamp. now we have parts of the swamp where our colleagues on the

John R. Carter

1:39:35 to 1:39:56( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: other side seem to be dwelling in right now by accusation home, by press accusation. let's clear those peoples' names. if there's nothing in that swamp, let's drain it, let's find out. and that's the responsibility of the leadership of the majority and that's the responsibility of the ethics committee and that's why we keep talking about those

John R. Carter

1:39:57 to 1:40:11( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: ethical issues. and unfortunately there may be more. we have to be prepared to do what we promised the american people and the first thing we need to address is this issue of

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