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Senate Proceeding on Feb 6th, 2007 :: 0:59:57 to 1:06:22
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Edward Kennedy

0:48:38 to 0:59:57( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Edward Kennedy

Edward Kennedy

0:59:41 to 0:59:57( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: time. mr. president, i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from south carolina. a senator: how much time does the minority have left? the presiding officer:

Jim DeMint

0:59:57 to 1:00:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: 8 1/2 minutes. mr. demint: i ask unanimous consent that the senator from colorado be allowed to speak for 10 minutes immediately following 10 minutes for senator coburn. the presiding officer: is there objection?

Jim DeMint

0:59:57 to 1:06:22( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim DeMint

Jim DeMint

1:00:11 to 1:00:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: if not, so ordered. mr. demint: thank you, mr. president. i rise today to speak about one of the most important issues of our time -- the worldwide war on terror. and i have to say i was disappointed

Jim DeMint

1:00:28 to 1:00:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: to read in this morning's "roll call" that many of my democrat colleagues are just using this debate for the 2008 elections rather than focusing on the real damage that the the rules are suspended we've been discussing

Jim DeMint

1:00:41 to 1:00:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: -- that the resolution we've been discussing will do to our national security. one of our greatest presidents, theodore roosevelt, once said it is not the critic who counts. the credit, he said, belongs

Jim DeMint

1:00:55 to 1:01:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marched by dust and -- is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, who comes short again and again because there's no effort

Jim DeMint

1:01:10 to 1:01:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: without error in shortcoming. the credit, roosevelt said, belongs to the man who spends himself in a worthy cause, who, at the best, knows at the end the triumph of high achievement and who, at the

Jim DeMint

1:01:30 to 1:01:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: worst, if he fails, at least fails while doing greatly. mr. president, at this very moment, our commander in chief and those he commands are doing greatly. our men and women in uniform are paying with

Jim DeMint

1:01:44 to 1:02:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: blood, sweat, and tears, yet many in this body prefer to sit in the stands and offer criticism rather than support. for the past 50 years, the middle east has been a caldron of brutality, war,

Jim DeMint

1:02:01 to 1:02:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: and despair.~ the region's instability threatens the entire globe and reached our shores on 9/11 with a stark awakening. this is why we are involved in the middle east. the future security of our homeland

Jim DeMint

1:02:21 to 1:02:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: is tied directly to a successful outcome not only in iraq, but in afghanistan and lebanon and the palestinian territory, and a number of middle east countries that harbor evil men who foment hate through

Jim DeMint

1:02:33 to 1:02:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: a perverted version of islam. yet as our efforts encounter an evil enemy, support for our efforts has waned here in congress. instead, many of my colleagues prefer to support a nonbinding resolution

Jim DeMint

1:02:49 to 1:03:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: that would express disapproval of the president's plan to reenforce our troops in iraq. voting for this resolution is not leadership. it's criticism, criticism without the courage of offering real solutions.

Jim DeMint

1:03:03 to 1:03:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: mr. president, while this resolution may be toothless by force of law, its symbolism is dangerous. voting to condemn the president's plan is a vote of no confidence in the mission that we have told

Jim DeMint

1:03:19 to 1:03:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: our troops to fight and die for. but it is also a slap in the face to general petraeus. just days after we voted unanimously to support his leadership of our troops in iraq. godspeed, general, was what

Jim DeMint

1:03:32 to 1:03:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: one of my colleagues said before introducing the very resolution that would undermine the general's authority in his plan for victory. this is not leadership. we were elected to make tough decisions

Jim DeMint

1:03:47 to 1:04:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: that requires understanding of our choices. selecting the best choice, and then following through. but i'm afraid the critics in this body do not acknowledge the real choices before us. there are only three.

Jim DeMint

1:04:02 to 1:04:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: first, to continue the unworkable status quo. second, to admit defeat and withdraw. and, third, to renew our strength until we win. mr. president, i respect my colleagues who disagree with the president's

Jim DeMint

1:04:15 to 1:04:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: strategy in iraq, but only if they exercise leadership and support an alternative solution, one that proposes a serious path to victory or announces defeat and ends our involvement immediately. not only

Jim DeMint

1:04:28 to 1:04:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: in iraq, but throughout the middle east, because america will no longer have any credibility to carry out our work in any part of the world. if my colleagues do not support sending reenforcements

Jim DeMint

1:04:41 to 1:04:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: to iraq they should introduce legislation blocking that action. while i believe this is shortsighted and wrong, it would at least be genuine leadership. my hope is that we would stop trying to second-guess

Jim DeMint

1:04:55 to 1:05:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: past decisions in order to lay blame and instead remember that we are locked in a struggle much larger than iraq. it is a struggle of security, hope, and freedom versus hate, despair and fear. in

Jim DeMint

1:05:08 to 1:05:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the battlefield is the entire world. we must understand the stakes and demonstrate real leadership. this is not the president's war. it is freedom's war, and we all share the responsibility for the

Jim DeMint

1:05:20 to 1:05:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: outcome. mr. president, a century later teddy roosevelt is still correct. the critic who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better is destined

Jim DeMint

1:05:37 to 1:05:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: to be relegateed to that terrible place with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. there is only one policy worthy of the blood and sweat of our troops. it's a policy that

Jim DeMint

1:05:50 to 1:06:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: completes our mission with dignity, honor, and victory. mr. president, i thank the chair, preserve the balance of my -- reserve the balance of my time and yield back. the presiding officer: the senator from

Jim DeMint

1:06:03 to 1:06:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: oklahoma. mr. coburn: thank you. i have not come to the floor except once in the two years i've been here to discuss the war in iraq. i've been to iraq. i had experience in iraq after the first gulf

Tom Coburn

1:06:22 to 1:06:38( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Coburn: war as a medical missionary there. and i'm very much concerned as to how the world will read us. what we know is that enemies try to defeat us not by trying to defeat us on the battlefield or in

Tom Coburn

1:06:22 to 1:14:22( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Coburn

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