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House Proceeding 10-28-09 on Oct 28th, 2009 :: 0:51:00 to 0:54:30
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Walter B. Jones

0:50:49 to 0:51:10( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: >> to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: if there's no objection, so ordered. mr. jones: mr. speaker, i want to start on the 27th of october, front page of "the washington post," u.s. official resigns over afghan war. when matthew ho joined the service this year he was

Walter B. Jones

0:51:00 to 0:54:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Walter B. Jones

Walter B. Jones

0:51:11 to 0:51:32( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: exactly the kind of smart, civil military hybrid the administration was looking for to help expand its development efforts in afghanistan. mr. speaker, i want to say to captain ho, retired marine, thank you for having the courage to speak out and to speak out on what you believe is the right policy for this nation in afghanistan.

Walter B. Jones

0:51:33 to 0:51:53( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: i want to read parts of a letter that he wrote to secretary powell, nancy powell when he resigned his position. i have served six of the previous 10 years in service to our country overseas to include the development as a u states marine officer and

Walter B. Jones

0:51:54 to 0:52:14( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: department of defense civilian and the deployment in the euphrates and tyingress river of iraq in 2005, 2006 and 2007. i did not enter into this position lightly or with any undue expectation, nor did i believe my assignments wou be without sacrifice, hardship or difficulty.

Walter B. Jones

0:52:15 to 0:52:35( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: however, in the course of my five months of service in afghanistan in both regional commands east and south, i have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategy proposed of the united states presents in afghanistan. i have doubts and reservations

Walter B. Jones

0:52:36 to 0:52:57( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: about our current strategy and planned future strategy, so my resignation is based not how we are pursuing this war but why and to what end. to put simply, i fail to see the value or the work and continued u.s. casualties or ex support of the afghan

Walter B. Jones

0:52:58 to 0:53:19( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: government and what is truly a 35-year-old civil war. he further writes in the letter to secretary powell, mr. speaker, this fall will mark the eighth year of u.s. combat, governance and developmental operations in afghanistan. next fall, the united states occupation will equal in length the soviet union's own physical

Walter B. Jones

0:53:20 to 0:53:42( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: involvement in like the soviets, we continue to secure andolster a failing state while encouraging ideology and system of government unknown and unwanted by its people. mr. speaker, i want to say to captain matthew ho, this took courage for you to speak out as

Walter B. Jones

0:53:43 to 0:54:04( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: it took courage for you to fight in iraq. i hope our colleagues on the floor of the house will debate this issue, not only about tomorrow, what are we trying to accomplish in afghanistan, in the years ahead, what are we trying to accomplish? mr. speaker, with that before i close, as i always do, i will

Walter B. Jones

0:54:05 to 0:54:26( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: ask god to please bless our men and women in uniform and ask god to please bless the families of our men and women in uniform and i ask god in his loving arms to bless that died in iraq and afghanistan. i ask god to bless the house and senate that we will do right in the eyes of god.

Walter B. Jones

0:54:27 to 0:54:30( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: and i will ask god to give wisdom, strength and courage to the president of the united

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