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bush said he was dedicate ed to providing for our nation's veterans. but at a time when thousands of new veterans are answering answer entering the v.a. system with serious medical needs as a result

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John Cornyn: of the wars in iraq and arveg the administration is -- in iraq and afghanistan, the administration is underestimate ing the cost of medical care and it is cutting funding for construction and medical

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Speech By: John Cornyn

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John Cornyn: and prosthetic research. and at a time when our older veterans are seeking care at record numbers, the president is proposing fees for them and co copays that is essentially going to shut the door

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John Cornyn: of the v.a. to thousands of people who served our country. mr. president, that's wrong. and i'm going to be working very hard this year to ensure that those misguided proposals do not become reality. the

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John Cornyn: same is true as we address the budget for caring for our troops. our service members risk their lives for our security every single day. they've done everything we have asked. we have to lave up to

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John Cornyn: live up to our commitment to them. thank you, mr. president. i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr. cornyn: mr. president? the presiding officer:

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John Cornyn: the senator from texas. mr. cornyn: i ask unanimous consent that the quorum call be rescinded. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. cornyn: we're advised by the democratic cloakroom that there

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John Cornyn: will not be a member of the majority who will come in to use the remainder of their morning business time, so i'd ask unanimouconsent that i be allowed to speak during the remainder of that time as

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John Cornyn: well as 309 minutes allotted to the minority -- as well as the 30 minutes allotted to the minority minority. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. cornyn: thank the chair.| mr. president,

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John Cornyn: we are dprontd with a piece of legislation introduced by the distinguished senator from wisconsin, senator feingold, which calls for setting forth the goal to combat and defeat al qaeda and its affiliates.

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John Cornyn: the question i guess i would ask, mr. president, is where have those that have proposed a new strategy, where have they been? and have they been paying attention to the good news that's been coming out

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John Cornyn: of iraq and afghanistan when it comes to our ability and our successes, really, to combat the global war on terrorism, and, particularly, the threat of al qaeda. i think the legislation that has been proposed

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John Cornyn: would -- is both misguided and unnecessarily dumb kaive of the efforts -- duplicative of the efforts of what is ongoing and would cause us to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. on a more basic level,

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John Cornyn: i think thisth legislation, it just misses the point. and, you know, every time i come back to work here in washington, d.c., i almost feel like there is a parallel universe operating here in washington

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John Cornyn: where some have voluntarily suspended their powers of disbelief and ignored the facts that seem to me to be as plain as the nose on your face. and -- but i think in light of the fact this legislation

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John Cornyn: has been introduced, we need to talk about it and provide the american people with the evidence with which they can make their own decisions about what's happening with regard to the fight against al qaeda.

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John Cornyn: this bill would require the administration to set forth the strategy for fighting al qaeda. i don't know what the proponents think that we have been doing since 9/11, but fighting al qaeda wherever we

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John Cornyn: made find them. but that's what the bill calls for. of course, the bill also conveniently neglects the various strategy that's we have in place, including some that are classified, which we can't talk

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John Cornyn: about here on the floor of the senate, but which the distinguished senator from wisconsin as a member of the intelligence committee knows, because he is on the intelligence committee, he's been briefed

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John Cornyn: in a classified setting about these strategies. he knows that we have a number of strategies in place and this proposal seems to just act as if nothing has happened when that's not the case at

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John Cornyn: all. i would just interject, mr. president, that overall in the operations against al qaeda, just in iraq in 2007, we've seen the capture of # 800 terrorists while an -- 8,800 terrorists while an

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John Cornyn: additional 2,200 have been killed. of those captured and killed, 52 were senior commanders, 32 were leaders of improvised explosive device teams, 24 were cell leaders, and 92 others facilitators.

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John Cornyn: in other words, we have been effective in going after high-target -- high-value targets in iraq, and decapitating the leadership of al qaeda. and that's the reason that al qaeda is on the run in iraq

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John Cornyn: and, yes, even in afghanistan. but just to recapitulate the various strategy that's are already in place which seems to be ignored by this legislation, these include the president's national strategy

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John Cornyn: for combating terrorism which was revised by the administration in september of 2006, and which outannounce a clear and straightforward fashion the strategic position for the global war on terror. also

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John Cornyn: the president's national implementation plan which was completed in june of 2006. this document is a classified comprehensive plan, so we're not going to talk aboalut it on the floor in detail, but

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John Cornyn: it provides for the execution of our national -- national counterterrorism strategy, and it provides a detailed breakdown of which executive branched agencies are charged with carrying out the specific tasks

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John Cornyn: and activities as part of that overall strategy. now, congress, as i said, is aware of all of these documents. we get classified briefings. any member of congress who cares enough about it can

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John Cornyn: go to room 407 near the capitol and gain -- here in the capitol and gain access to it. additionally the chairman of the joint chief of staff is conducting his own review of the al qaeda strategy which

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John Cornyn: will be finished later this year. it is a disingenuous argument to say t hat the administration or this country, the unid states government, lacks a coherent plan to neutralize al qaeda or that

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John Cornyn: the current strategy for combating al qaeda isn't working, continue needs to be replaced. mr. president, the numbers speak for themselves. and i'm going to go through these in rather quick order, but i the

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numbers speak louder than words. just during a period of may to june 2007, as this chart demand states, we've seen 26 al qaeda in iraq leaders captured or killed. they include some pretty evil characters,

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people like khalil al-mashindoni, he was a principal interneed errey between the al qaeda leadership. he ordered all iraqi ameers to wear suicide vests and confirmed that will crieda lost the al-anbar

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safe havens due to tribal engagements by the awakening groups, which i will talk about in main. he was captured last july and sentenced to death by an iraqi court this past december. and we've seen since

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that time in july of -- in august of -- senior terrorist captured or killed. it simply is not true to suggest that we are either in effective or we're -- ineffective or not focusing on capturing al

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qaeda's senior leadership in iraq or whenever we may find them in afghanistan or elsewhere. for example, in august we are successful in capturing the the -- generally he credited with unleer leashing

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the ethnic conflict which nearly led to a civil war in iraq. he operated the samarra network. he orchestrated the can kirkuk bombing. he was killed in a targeted raid this past august. but just to remind

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my colleagues of the kinds of barbaric and evil attacks that these al qaeda leaders have perpetrated on their own people by and large in iraq, this -- this individual orchestrated the kirkuk bombing

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John Cornyn: in june of 2006. he masterminded a vehicle bombing attack against the checkpoint in samarra in 2006 where 29 iraqi security forces were killed and another 66 injured. so, mr. president, that is august

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John Cornyn: of 2007. as you can see the numbers go up in september of 2007, with senior terrorists captured or killed. and each one of these -- each one of these pictures is a different story. the brown --

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John Cornyn: the brown square is depicting those that have been captured. the red squares indicate those that have been killed so, clearly, iraqi and american and coalition forces, along with our allies, the iraqis

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John Cornyn: that have basically turned state's evidence on al qaeda in iraq have allowed us, the intelligence necessary to capture or kill some of the worst of the worst among al qaeda in iraq. and here's october

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John Cornyn: of 2007. as you can see the pace remains a steady one and a strong one in terms ofapturing or killing al qaeda's leadership. and the fact of the matter is that we could put up a new chart for each

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John Cornyn: month until the -- until this month and last month. the fact is we're making enormous progress and so why in the world would this united states senate want to change course and grab defeat from

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John Cornyn: the jaws of victory when it comes to putting al qaeda on the run. i have to say that in a contentious subject like this where it seems like people have their own version of reality, that the best evidence,

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John Cornyn: and one that is undeniables the fact that we haven't had another terrorist attack in the united states since september 11, 2007. while al qaeda's on the minds of my colleagues, though, there's

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John Cornyn: a valuable -- this is a valuable opportunity for us to talk about the fight against al qaeda as part of the overall global war on terror. today al qaeda and other like-minded radical jihadist groups

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John Cornyn: still pose a very real threat to the safety of america's vital national security interests both here and abroad. now, thesis lambic extremists go under a lot of different -- islamic extremists go under a lot

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John Cornyn: of different names, hezbollah in parts of syria and iran, hamas, the taliban, all of which haveic the common ideology which allows tm somehow to celebrate the murder of innocent civilians as part

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John Cornyn: of their twisted goals. al qaeda remains active not just in iraq, but worldwide. this is literally a franchise operation which w in an internet age allows like-minded radicals to communicate with

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John Cornyn: one another and through the use of retively cheap explosives and human bombs to basically commit terror all around the world. it's the fins of this threat that warrants our continued vigilance and

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John Cornyn: sustained efforts to neutralize it and congress must continue to support our military to defeat al qaeda on every front. and we have been successful. but, mr. president,nt it's important to recognize

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John Cornyn: that this threat does not only -- is not only located in iraq and afghanistan, but it is a global threat. recently admiral mike mcconnell, the director of north carolina intelligence, outlined terror attacks

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John Cornyn: -- of director of intelligence outlined terror attacks in illinois. he also outlined attacks in spain, france, germ anything and the united -- germany, and the united kingdom. those who know best,

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John Cornyn: our intelligence pfessionals, this enemy is real. this enemy plans to take us and it is both smart, acaptain captainable and ruthless. somehow -- adaptable and ruthless. somehow members of the united

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John Cornyn: states senate have been able to convince themselves against all of the evidence that al qaeda is not present in iraq. and that if we fought al qaeda in afghanistan, we would be safe here at home.

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John Cornyn: when the fact is it is true that the taliban provided safe havens for al qaeda in afghanistan that al qaeda al qaeda has also found a safe haven in iraq, but due to the great work of our young men

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John Cornyn: and women in the military, due to our intelligence professionals, due to the intelligence that we're able to gain from the cooperation of iraqi citizens through the awakening councils who have simply

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John Cornyn: gotten fed up with the barbaric tactics of al qaeda, theurder, the rape, the torture of their own people, and thus cooperated now with coalition forces to rout out al qaeda, we do have al qaeda on the

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John Cornyn: run in iraq. but the -- that is a fragile condition and one -- a trend we must continue, not only through the use of allied and coalition forces, but through the rebuilding of the iraqi police force and

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John Cornyn: military and encouraging citizens, like the awakening councils to come forward and provide intelligence. but the fact of the matter is, mr. president, that if the united states of america doesn't

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John Cornyn: lead the fight in this global war on terror, more innocent people will die. there is no other country in the world with -- that is capable as we are and that has the vital national security interests

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John Cornyn: that we do to fight this war.~ again, this parallel universe that some occupy here in washington, d.c. that allow them somehow to convince themselves that this threat is not real defies the facts.

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John Cornyn: there are those who propose countless resolutions in the united states senate and the congress to withdraw from iraq based on a political or arbitrary timetable, which makes no sense. as the iraq

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John Cornyn: studyroup said, we should leave iraq as soon as possible, but defined not in political terms, but in terms of conditions on the ground. and that is once the iraqis are able to govern and defend themselves.

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John Cornyn: we know that politicians here in washington have declared the surge a failure before it even started, but they have had to come to grips with the facts, and that is that you're always in jeopardy when

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John Cornyn: you bet against the men and women of the united states military and our leadership. under the leadership of people like general david petraeus and general raymond odierno, we have seen the surge

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John Cornyn: of american troops along with the increased capacity of the iraqis to defend themselves meet with enormous success and reverse a trend that was dangerously cascading toward a civil war and ethnic cleansing.

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John Cornyn: but the fact of the matter is that despite the repeated efforts by some here in congress who have declared defeat before the fight -- but this new strategy was even allowed to take hold have now

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John Cornyn: had to deal with the fact that almost without exception everyone who goes to iraq comes back with the report that our men and women in uniform are being successful and that the surge is working. i

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John Cornyn: went with a couple of my colleagues -- senator isakson, senator coleman -- to iraq in january, where we were able to ri in armored vehicles, admittedly, but in forward-operating bases that previously

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John Cornyn: had been lost to al qaeda, where refugees had simply abandoned their shops and their homes given the threat posed to the iraqi people tph epls from this ruth -- people themselves from this ruthless,

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John Cornyn: ruthless enemy. the fact is people are coming back home. shop owners are opening up their shops. we were able to taste some of the bread cooked in a bakery in an area called gazalia outside of baghdad

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John Cornyn: that previously could not operate. go to a local department store and look at some of the wares there for sale that previously had to be closed and abandoned literally because of the threat of al

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John Cornyn: qaeda. so this debate that continues here in washington seems to be increasingly out of touch with the reality in iraq. and the clear evidence that this new tactic, this counterinsurgency tactic being

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John Cornyn: deployed by general odierno, general petraeus, and our men and women in uniform in iraq is succeeding. and it is because of that success that we're able to bring back by this summer roughly 40,000 troopto

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John Cornyn: the loving arms of their families and in answer to the prayers of many americans who wish to bring them home, but bring them home with honor and after they have been successful in accomplishing

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John Cornyn: the goals that they set out to do. now, it's because of the evidence that the military effort in iraq is a combination of our coalition forces and iraqis and local citizens cooperating to get al qaeda

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John Cornyn: on the run, there are those who said, well, okay, the glass is not half-full. it's still half-empty. and where's the political reconciliation that's necessary for the iraqis to govern themselves ? while progress

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John Cornyn: on the political front has been shroerpb any of us -- slower than any of us might have wished for, we are seeing very positive signs of political reconciliation. the iraqi parliament recently met some

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John Cornyn: major milestones for success. and these are very important or because these are the evidence of the political reconciliation that many of the skeptics have looked for and pointed out as not having been

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John Cornyn: met. so it's important to acknowledge the fact. first, they passed an accountability and justice law, the first major step in de-baathification reform. we know that many of saddam hussein's baath party members

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John Cornyn: were excluded from the new iraq, and this is the first major step to allow people who do not have blood on their hands, who weren't part of the leadership of saddam's baath party responsible for the

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John Cornyn: murder of hundreds of thousands of iraqis to allow them to take their first steps back into governing the new iraq and participating in full civic life. just a few short weeks ago, in addition to the

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John Cornyn: iraq parliament passed three other significant pieces of legislation. they set a date for provincial elections, recognizing, just like we do here in washington, mr. president, that not all wisdom emanates

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John Cornyn: from the nation's capital. that they believe in local governance and regional governance. and that's why the provincial elections are so important as a well. the iraqi government or parliament allotted

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John Cornyn: $48 billion for 2008 spending, meaning that because of increased oil revenue, they're able to take on more and more of the financial responsibilities of rebuilding and governing their own country.

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John Cornyn: and finally, they provided limited amnesty to certain detainees in iraqi custody, an important although difficult step to try to make sure that the reconciliation occurs on an individual level

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John Cornyn: so that people need not be permanently cast as outsiders and given nothing but the opportunity to undermine reconstruction and reconciliation, but actually be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

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John Cornyn: the passage of the provincial powers law is one of the 18 benchmarks for reconciliation in iraq which were set by the u.s. congress just this last year. despite this concrete evidence of improvement and

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John Cornyn: of meeting benchmarks for political reconciliation, there are those here in congress that have simply ignored those positive steps not only in the security front, but on the political reconciliation

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John Cornyn: front. unfortunately, mr. president, it seems like too often our partisan differences up here seem to overwhelm the facts and common sense and the common interests of all of us in america to an iraq

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John Cornyn: that's able to govern and to defend itself. because our shared goal which is to bring home our troops is one that can be met when conditions on the ground permit those troops to come home without squandering

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John Cornyn: the blood and the treasure that had been spent in trying to restore a democracy to a country that knew nothing other than the beat heel of a dictator for -- other than the boot heel of a dictator for

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John Cornyn: too many years. mr. president, there are so many wonderful stories of success and commitment and patriotism in iraq. and i'd like to just close on this. i see my distinguished colleague from wyoming

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John Cornyn: on the floor, and i want to defer to him after another few minutes here. i want to recognize and honor the great sacrifice by texans deployed in harm's way in support of the global war on terror. some

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John Cornyn: of our troops serving on faraway battlefields since 9/11 have exhibited incredible bravery and heroism in the face of personal danger, and i want to share one story of one texan among many who has served

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John Cornyn: in operation iraqi freedom. i want to tell the story of sergeant omar hernandez assigned to bravo company, the first calvary division out of fort hood, texas. sergeant hernandez has been awarded the

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John Cornyn: silver star for exceptional bravery and gallantry in action against an enemy. he did this while serving as a team leader on a foot patrol in baghdad. his patrol consisted of a squad of american soldiers,

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John Cornyn: an interpreter and eight iraqi national policemen. their mission, as is critical to the counterinsurgency strategy in iraq, was to secure the population, to make them feel safe. and they moved from

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John Cornyn: house to house on crowded baghdad streets interviewing the local population as part of their job. during the course of one interview, though, sergeant hernandez and the iraqi police accompanying him

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John Cornyn: were moving to security positions on the outsid e of a home when they were suddenly engaged by several well-armed bursts -- well-aimed bursts of machine gunfire from the south. sergeant hernandez immediately

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John Cornyn: identified the enemy's location and returned fire, simultaneously instructing the iraqi police to follow his lead. a second burst of well-aimed fire erupted from the enemy's position, wounding all

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John Cornyn: three members of the team. sergeant hernandez himself sustained a gunshot wound to his right thigh. both iraqi police sustained serious injuries immobilizing both of them. not realizing the severity

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John Cornyn: of their wounds, sergeant hernandez ordered the iraqi police to follow them to a covered position behind a cement wall. as he continued to engage the enemy, sergeant hernandez realized that the iraqi

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John Cornyn: police were too badly injured to reach cover on their own. seeing that these iraqi policemen were stuck in the enemy's direct line of fire, sergeant hernandez went above and beyond the call of duty,

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John Cornyn: risking his own life by running under direct fire to pull these iraqi policemen to safety. without coverin fire, sergeant hernandez left his covered position not once, but twice to move these wounded

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John Cornyn: iraqi policemen to a safer position. he did all of this despite the danger to himself and having a gunshot wound to his leg. despite his injuries and despite the continued barrage of enemy fire, sergeant

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John Cornyn: hernandez continued to fire on the enemy position. it was only after he was certain that the threat was eliminated that he finally allowed a squad mate to treat his wounds. mr. president, sergeant hernandez

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John Cornyn: is just one of many brave men and women who wear the uniform of the united states military who are serving noblely in iraq and afghanistan. and while there's no doubt that his courage and strength were extraordinary,

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John Cornyn: in some ways this is a typical sort of story of the bravery of our men and women in uniform. it should be clear that sergeant hernandez is representative of the quality and character of our military men

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John Cornyn: and women. this also, i think, tells a story of a relationship that exists between our soldiers and iraq security forces. they fight shoulder to shoulder. they fight and sacrifice together to make

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John Cornyn: their country a better place, so that peace and stability might come to iraq, and so that the forces of terror and extremism that wish america and our allies harm will find no sanctuary in that

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John Cornyn: country. sergeant hernandez, thankfully, is now recovered from his wounds and stationed in fort bliss in el paso, texas. he has a 17--month-old boy and has been married to his wife jennifer kay for three years.

John Cornyn

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John Cornyn: sergeant hernandez, it's worth noting, was on his third tour in iraq. young men and women like this and their incredible families are our most precious national asset. the tremendous sacrifices

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John Cornyn: that they make and have made over these last years ought to leave us with awe-struck silence. think of what these men and women have invested in this war in terms of their sweat, their blood and tears

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John Cornyn: and effort. what message would we be sending to these brave men and women when we tell them to come home when victory sits on the horizon? sergeant hernandez wouldn't abandon his colleagues in the

John Cornyn

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John Cornyn: iraqi national police force, but there are some here in washington, a world away, who want to ask him and all of our troops to abandon the iraqis and come home before the job is done. those who have

John Cornyn

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John Cornyn: been clamoring for troop withdrawals for months upon months regardless of the news from iraq, all the while extolling the virtues of our military, i think have been telling only half the story. yet at

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John Cornyn: the same time they refuse to pass critical funding, intelligence capabilities like the foreign intelligence surveillance act reauthorization bill which sits over in the house of representatives, which because

John Cornyn

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John Cornyn: of the failure to act by speaker pelosi and the leadership in the house, have left our intelligence authorities deaf to new terrorist targets that if detected would likely to tour and defeat attacks

John Cornyn

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John Cornyn: against american citizens both here and abroad. mr. president, the american people often accuse politicians of saying one thing and doing another. but this is a clear case. service members like sergeant

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John Cornyn: hernandez deserve not only our words, but our unmitigated support.~ mr.mr president, i thi our task here is clear, and that is to let our men and women in uniform do the job which they have volunteered

John Cornyn

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John Cornyn: to do and which are so ably -- they're so ably performing and that we ought to do nothing to deter or impede or obstruct their success, especially when success appear tobs so much clearly on the horizon

John Cornyn

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John Cornyn: than it was just a few short months ago. but, as these charts are have indicated, we are making tremendous success taking down al qaeda. those that celebrate the -- that to this search for innocent

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John Cornyn: civilians. the last thing that we need to do is pass legislation that would draw defeat from the jaws of victory. mr. president, i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer:

Mike DeWine

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Mike DeWine: the senator from wymong. mr. enzi: i thank the president and i want to make a few comments about what's going on around here. i'm not sure what's gotten into the water around here, but something really

Mike DeWine

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Speech By: Mike DeWine

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