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Senate Proceeding 02-06-07 on Feb 6th, 2007 :: 2:06:15 to 2:16:39
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John Kerry

1:40:54 to 2:06:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Kerry

John Kerry

2:05:58 to 2:06:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Kerry: important life and death issue facing people in this country. what are we supposed to do, pack up and go home and let the president continue to make a mistake? are we supposed to be somehow satisfied

Bill Nelson

2:06:15 to 2:06:32( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: that the president has earned the right and the secretary -- this new secretary of defense, who knows yet, the decisions are out, but the record of the last five years, six years, mr. president,

Bill Nelson

2:06:15 to 2:16:39( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson

2:06:32 to 2:06:47( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: is one of mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake. one after the other, from -- from -- from the planning to the numbers of troops to what you do afterwards to how you preserve

Bill Nelson

2:06:47 to 2:07:02( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the peace to what kind of politics we're going to pursue. and so we're here doing what we can within our limited power with 60-vote restrictions to register our disapproval of sending an additional

Bill Nelson

2:07:02 to 2:07:20( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: number of troops, which has been told to the american people is 21,000, but which in fact, is over 40,000 when you finish with the support troops that are necessary. so, mr. president, these troops

Bill Nelson

2:07:20 to 2:07:35( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: deserve a policy that is worthy of their sacrifice. no united states senator that i know of is not committed to success. we'd like to be successful. but what's the definition of success now? we've heard

Bill Nelson

2:07:35 to 2:07:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: month after month ambassador khalilzad, general casey, over seven months ago said, this is the last six months for iraq. they have a fundamental six-month period within which they've got to get their

Bill Nelson

2:07:49 to 2:08:03( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: act together, and if they don't, serious problems. mr. president, that time came and passed. what happened? we hear another promise of the next few months. we've had months and even years now of these

Bill Nelson

2:08:03 to 2:08:16( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: promises about how this is a moment of turning the corner. this is the critical moment for iraq. this is the moment of the difference. everybody has known for this whole last year or more that you got

Bill Nelson

2:08:16 to 2:08:31( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: to resolve the oil revenues issue. as i stand here on the floor tonight the oil revenues issue isn't resolved. they say they're making progress, they're getting closer, but it isn't resolved.

Bill Nelson

2:08:31 to 2:08:45( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the fundamental question of federalism, the role between the shia and the sunni and a strong baghdad and a strong central government, unresolved. that's a fundamental part of the struggle. our troops,

Bill Nelson

2:08:45 to 2:09:01( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: with their technology, with their great weapons, with their unbelievable willingness to sacrifice, and their courage, they can't resolve that issue, mr. president. iraqi politicians have to resolve that

Bill Nelson

2:09:01 to 2:09:19( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: issue. and right now, as we are here debating or not debating this issue, iraqi politicians are still jockeying for primacy. they're jockeying for power at the expense of our young men and women. i

Bill Nelson

2:09:19 to 2:09:35( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: object to that. i get angry that some of those young men and women -- we have to have a private fundraising effort to put together in texas a rehab for our soldiers, private, thank god for the people

Bill Nelson

2:09:35 to 2:09:54( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: who did it, in order to take care of those who are going to be wounded and our people are here talking about patriotism and supporting the troops? we've lost all contact with what's really reasonable

Bill Nelson

2:09:54 to 2:10:10( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: or what's real in this effort. mr. president, it seems to me that -- that -- it just is unacceptable that any young american ought to be giving their life or going through the sacrifice for iraqi

Bill Nelson

2:10:10 to 2:10:25( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: politicians who refuse to compromise, for a legislature that refuses to even meet. less than 50% are being convened. a parliament that doesn't meet. that's the democracy that we're supposedly fighting

Bill Nelson

2:10:25 to 2:10:44( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: for. shia and sunni politicians who are jockeying amongst each other, creating their own militias, each of them, playing for a future with a united states security blanket lying over it preventing the

Bill Nelson

2:10:44 to 2:11:02( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: full explosion of the kind of sectarian violence that would flow if all were left to their own devices. that is the one thing our presence is doing. there is a stopgap. it does prevent absolute

Bill Nelson

2:11:02 to 2:11:18( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: chaos, but it's creating a slow, cancerous, insidious kind of chaos that's building on itself. just a couple of days ago, the largest number of civilians killed by a bomb by one single suicide bomb,

Bill Nelson

2:11:18 to 2:11:31( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: it gets worse by the day, mr. president, because the fundamental issues of difference between people who have always lived there and will live there after we're gone, still those fundamental differences

Bill Nelson

2:11:31 to 2:11:47( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: aren't resolved. now, if you stand back from this and you just look at it and you say, as any reasonable american would say, what do you really do to resolve this? what do you really do to make the

Bill Nelson

2:11:47 to 2:12:03( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: difference in iraq? i don't think any american is going to come to the conclusion that a soldier with a gun is going to make that difference. general casey has told us he doesn't believe it will

Bill Nelson

2:12:03 to 2:12:16( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: make the difference. general abizaid said he doesn't think it would make the difference. the president has even said there's no military solution. so if there is, indeed, no military solution, my question

Bill Nelson

2:12:16 to 2:12:29( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: to this administration is where is the robust diplomacy and the robust political head -- jawboning, arm twisting that is necessary to get a solution? where is it? it's invisible to the average american.

Bill Nelson

2:12:29 to 2:12:48( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: if we don't get serious about that diplomacy, if we don't have a summit that some of us have been calling for for three years that is ultimately the only way to try to resolve these differences,

Bill Nelson

2:12:48 to 2:13:09( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: then our soldiers are being sacrificed and being asked to sacrifice each day without a reasonable policy that is guiding this war. so, mr. president, what are we left to do? are we left to say that our

Bill Nelson

2:13:09 to 2:13:24( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: colleagues can just stop a vote, we're going to walk away and we're not going to try to do what we can to change this or to stop it? i don't think so. that's not the united states senate that i came

Bill Nelson

2:13:24 to 2:13:44( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: to serve in or i think most of our colleagues came to serve in. this is a silly sort of process that's gone back and forth here. if you're opposed to the resolution, if you're opposed to the escalation,

Bill Nelson

2:13:44 to 2:14:03( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: you ought to have a right to vote on it. if you're for it, you ought to vote for it. let me tell you something, the troops over there are tougher than anybody in this room. and they understand what

Bill Nelson

2:14:03 to 2:14:19( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: their mission is and what we do ultimately, barring the effort to either cut off the funds or force the president to do something with 60 votes that we don't yet have is not going to change their

Bill Nelson

2:14:19 to 2:14:47( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: dedication or their courage or their commitment to the specific mission, because the kind of troops we have. but while we're talking about the kinds of troops we have, let me ask you a question, mr.

Bill Nelson

2:14:47 to 2:15:07( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: president. our troops, most of them, go through basic training. they go through a specialized school. they train with their brigade, unit, company for a while, then they're sent over. most of our troops

Bill Nelson

2:15:07 to 2:15:21( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: are ready to go to battle, and some of them do. new recruits, within seven months, nine months. we're now at the three-year mark, four-year mark on training of 300,000 troops in iraq. and what i hear from

Bill Nelson

2:15:21 to 2:15:35( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the experts is the problem with them is not training. the problem is motivation. how much training do you think the terrorists get? how much training do you think the guys get who have those machine

Bill Nelson

2:15:35 to 2:15:53( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: guns and go out there and put the bombs -- where's their training camp? where's their barracks? where's their nine-week basic training or 12 weeks, whatever it is? madam president, they're out there

Bill Nelson

2:15:53 to 2:16:13( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: days and hours, they're out there because they're motivated. right now on the streets of the west bank, on the streets of lebanon, on the streets of iraq, the guys we're struggling against are getting

Bill Nelson

2:16:13 to 2:16:39( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: up earlier, staying up later and they've got more motivation. and the guys that we're supporting and putting money in and guns and all the technology and all the training in the world aren't motivated.

Christopher S. Bond

2:16:39 to 2:17:00( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: many of them don't show up. so unless we deal with this issue of motivation of people who are willing to die for their country, of people who are willing to go out and put their lives on the line

Christopher S. Bond

2:16:39 to 2:29:49( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Christopher S. Bond

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