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House Proceeding 10-08-09 on Oct 8th, 2009 :: 2:30:40 to 2:36:35
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Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:30:36 to 2:30:56( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: afghanistan and knows how to win this fight. i would like to yield as much time as he may consume now to the honorable the gentleman from michigan, mr. mccotter. mr. mccotter: thank the gentleman for yielding. because of his press iege in the history of our nation, the presidency and its occupants are

Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:30:40 to 2:36:35( Edit History Discussion )
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Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:30:57 to 2:31:18( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: often envied. this view is reasonous, because within the presidency comes the requirement to make painful, agonizing decisions between war and peace, between life and death. and many of t past haveaid it is the loneliest of

Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:31:19 to 2:31:40( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: places in the united states to be in that oval office when the weight of these demands fall upon your shoulders. understanding this and empathizing with our president and fully understanding our role as the servants of the sovereign citizens who sent us here, we have to offer the president

Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:31:41 to 2:32:03( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: honest advice for his consideration in just such circumstances. i do so today. we have seen the report from the commanding general on the ground, general mcchrystal, who was appointed by the president to implent the president's counterinsurgency strategy. i applauded that move.

Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:32:04 to 2:32:24( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: i applauded the president to go to a counterinsurgency strategy. we have of late seen tendered to the president the recommendation of general mcchrystal as to how we can still achieve victory in afghanistan. the report said that we can have the status quo and not achieve victory.

Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:32:25 to 2:32:45( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: we could have 40,000 troops and a full counterinsurgency effort or we could have more than 40,000 troops and a full counterinrgency effort to win. the president is now faced with a momentousecision. the decision is whether we shall

Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:32:46 to 2:33:08( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: have victory or we shall have defeat, a defeat which however diss guised as a withdrawal or otherwise will be viewed by our enemies, our allies and the afghan people as a defeat. it is my sincere hope that the president supports an implements the general request

Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:33:09 to 2:33:29( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: for at least 40,000 additional troops and a full counterinsurgency strategy so that the united states andal jice -- allies and the afghan people can be free. the president must consider obviously the lives of our troops in the field, our allies and the afghans.

Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:33:30 to 2:33:51( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: the president must weigh the consequences to our nation and the world of the taliban returning to power and emboldened al qaeda and the dangers that it poses not only to the people of afghanistan and the united states but to pakistan and to our allies who

Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:33:52 to 2:34:13( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: continue to be the targets of terrorism, as will ourselves. in weighinging this, he will also have to think about the honor of the united states, a nation which throughout its history has posed a threat to tyrants and terrorists throughout the globe not because of our actions, but because of our existence.

Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:34:14 to 2:34:35( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: it is our existence as a free people and people largenough of heart to expand that liberty to others to defend it here for ourselves that we have throughout our history faced challenges both marshall and ideological. within the context of afghanistan, a decision for a

Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:34:36 to 2:34:56( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: withdrawal that will constitute a defeat means that the united states of america will say to the people of afghanistan you will again be returned to the murderous regime of the taliban. women will be treated as second-class citizens. childrenill again grow up in a

Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:34:57 to 2:35:19( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: culture of violence and hatred directed at other people. and the united states will have broken its word to them. today, there are decisions even greater than the one the president faces being made. it is by our men and women in uniform, our allies and the

Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:35:20 to 2:35:41( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: afghans, who every day wake up fully conscious and fully committed to the cause in afghanistan despite what the taliban, al qaeda and others may do to them. it is this type of decision, this type of bravery, this type of commitment to the god-given rights to liberty that is possessed by every soul on this

Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:35:42 to 2:36:04( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: earth that not vates ourselves, our allies and the afghans. and i would urge the president that in coming to your decision you never forget that, that the strength of the united states is our willingness to sacrifice of the expansion of liberty to others to defend freedom for ourselves.

Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:36:05 to 2:36:28( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: that our security is in strength and not surrender. and throughout the history of this free republic, we will never betray our world to oppressed peoples we have come to help mancipate. for in doing so we will endanger our own security. let us prayfor our president as he makes this fateful decision

Thaddeus G. McCotter

2:36:29 to 2:36:35( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: and let us hope he comes to the right one. a victory in afghanistan, a

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