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Senate Proceeding on Mar 15th, 2007 :: 3:10:07 to 3:24:37
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Lindsey Graham

3:10:07 to 3:10:47( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: continue on the other options for resolutions. i'm against the bill, the resolution that's on the floor because i don't see a purpose. wrote see i don't see a purpose for a nonbinding resolution that

Lindsey Graham

3:10:07 to 3:24:37( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

3:10:47 to 3:11:27( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: makes america look irresolute. what could we be thinking to try to take something across the floor of the united states senate or the house of representatives, that would give any signal to our

Lindsey Graham

3:11:32 to 3:12:07( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: allies or to our enemies that we can't finish a job? that the war on terror is important but not important enough to see it through. i think of the young men and women who have died in this war.~ and

Lindsey Graham

3:12:07 to 3:12:39( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: they're giving their lives, the ultimate sacrifice, is part of their legacy to our country. they are leaving something for our children and grandchildren and their children and grandchildren. if we pass

Lindsey Graham

3:12:39 to 3:13:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: nonbinding resolutions that undercut the mission and the purpose for which they have given their lives, which is the war on terror to keep freedom in america, we would be doing a great disservice

Lindsey Graham

3:13:13 to 3:13:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: that is undeserved for those great patriots our young men and women throughout the years in this country have been willing to go into the service, volunteer service, the people who are fighting in this

Lindsey Graham

3:14:01 to 3:14:32( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: war are volunteers. and we have had volunteers and even people who didn't volunteer in past wars to make sure that america stood strong for freedom freedom. i cannot imagine that the united states congress

Lindsey Graham

3:14:32 to 3:15:04( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: during world war ii would have passed a non nonbinding resolution to say we don't think that our troops should be in europe. i think we are sinking to new lows, mr. president, and i hope we can resist

Lindsey Graham

3:15:04 to 3:15:33( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the political winds that have caused us to get to this point. because the only reason that you would pass a nonbinding resolution is to send a political message. and i don't think the united states senators

Lindsey Graham

3:15:33 to 3:16:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: who have stood on this floor for decades before us would have passed resolutions that meant nothing except to send a message, a message that would undercut our troops in the field. do the people who want

Lindsey Graham

3:16:09 to 3:16:42( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: to pass a resolution like this really believe that this isn't an important war? we are fighting for our children's futures every bit as much as we have in any conflict in which we have been a part.

Lindsey Graham

3:16:42 to 3:17:10( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: we are fighting to keep terrorists from coming back to america and threatening our way of life and the opportunity that america offers for our children. if we look irresolute, if we look weak, if we

Lindsey Graham

3:17:10 to 3:17:41( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: look like we can't be strong, we will put a blemish on the sacrifice that has been made already by so many of our men and women, and we will undercut those who are serving right now in the theater

Lindsey Graham

3:17:41 to 3:18:21( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: in iraq. i can't imagine that when we think this through, that would be the course that the deliberative body that is the united states senate would take. mr. president, the president of the united states

Lindsey Graham

3:18:21 to 3:18:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: knows that we have not achieved the success that we hoped to. for that reason, he is taking a different course. now, any one of us in congress might have done it a different way. there is no question

Lindsey Graham

3:18:53 to 3:19:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: that many in congress are concerned about the mission. that doesn't mean that you take the step of a nonbinding resolution that says we don't support the commander in chief of the united states. the

Lindsey Graham

3:19:19 to 3:19:44( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: constitution didn't provide for congress to command our military. the constitution provides one commander in chief, not 535. so, mr. president, it would be so wrong for 535 people to second-guess the

Lindsey Graham

3:19:44 to 3:20:18( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: commander in chief, who has announced that the plan he has put forward is one that was made in the military. many of us talked to general petraeus. we ask questions because there are questions about embedding

Lindsey Graham

3:20:18 to 3:20:58( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: our troops in the field outside the protected zone. general petraeus totally defends the plan. he takes the responsibility for the plan. and he believes it will work. and in fact there are signs that things

Lindsey Graham

3:20:59 to 3:21:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: are getting better. there are signs that the iraqi government is strengthening its measures to crack down on insurgents, militias, any of the groups that have been killing innocent people. so there

Lindsey Graham

3:21:25 to 3:21:52( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: are signs that there are ways that this could succeed succeed. during one of the senate armed services committee hearings, senator lieberman asked general petraeus if a resolution such as we are voting on

Lindsey Graham

3:21:52 to 3:22:24( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: today would give the enemy some encouragement, some clear expression that the american people were divided. general petraeus answered, "that's correct, sir." now we have been talking about this for the

Lindsey Graham

3:22:24 to 3:22:50( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: two months-plus that we have been in this session of congress. we certainly talked about it all of last year. we will continue to talk about it. but, mr. president, i hope that what we say on the

Lindsey Graham

3:22:50 to 3:23:11( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: floor is carefully crafted so that we can disagree with people who do support this resolution, and we can do it based on the constitution, on principles of war, on the relationship that congress should have

Lindsey Graham

3:23:11 to 3:23:38( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: with the president. all of these are very legitimate, and there can be disagreements about what is the best approach for finding success. but, mr. president, what we cannot disagree about is that

Lindsey Graham

3:23:38 to 3:24:11( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: we must win the war on terror, that we must show america's commitment, and that we will not undercut our troops who are in harm's way today. i've seen all the iterations of the resolutions that have been proposed

Lindsey Graham

3:24:11 to 3:24:37( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: by the majority, and they've changed many times. and some of those resolutions even set deadlines for us to withdraw troops. what do you think that does for the troops who are there right now? if our

James Inhofe

3:24:37 to 3:25:06( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: enemy knows that we are going to start the withdrawal of troops on a certain deadline, what does that do to their treatment of the people who are on the ground right now? it would seem to me that

James Inhofe

3:24:37 to 3:26:38( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James Inhofe

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