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Senate Proceeding on Apr 4th, 2011 :: 1:45:10 to 1:58:25
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Jeff Sessions

1:45:03 to 1:45:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: yield the floor. the presiding officer: the

James Inhofe

1:45:10 to 1:58:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James Inhofe

James Inhofe

1:45:11 to 1:45:32( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: mr. president, first let me say how refreshing it is to hear the senator from alabama, as scary as it is, tell the truth about the problem we have. when i tell people back in my state of oklahoma that -- i refresh their memories and i remember in 1996 standing at this podium -- right here -- and that was when the clinton budget

James Inhofe

1:45:33 to 1:45:54( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: came out for the fiscal year 1996 and it was $1.5 trillion budget and i said, a $1.5 trillion budget is employable to sustain. and yet the budget that the senator from -- from alabama is talking about was a budget of this president and, of course, with his majority in the house and the senate, that actually

James Inhofe

1:45:55 to 1:46:17( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: has a deficit that is greater than the entire tbowg run the entire united states of america in 1996. -- budget to run the entire united states of america in 1996. and that's the deficit. that's what my 20 kids and grandkids are going to have to pay for. and when you stop and use the statements that are real, that can't be denied, and that is that this president just in the two years he's been here has

James Inhofe

1:46:18 to 1:46:38( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: increased the debt more than all presidents before him, from george washington to george w. bush. it's not believable and that's what makes it so difficult, because people think, how can this possibly be? and yet it is. that is the reality of it. a few minutes ago i talked at some length about a very significant amendment that's going to be coming up and that is to take the jurisdiction away

James Inhofe

1:46:39 to 1:46:59( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: from the environmental protection agency having to do with the cap and trade, something that they were unable to do legislatively and they're going to try to do with -- through regulations in the environmental protection agency. so i've already talked about that, but there's something that has not been mentioned on the floor of this senate that i

James Inhofe

1:47:00 to 1:47:20( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: think is very significant and it's surprisingly enough, i say, mr. president, hardly anyone is even aware that it's going on and that is we're all concerned. we hear everyday about the atrocities that are committed in -- in libya and about the people that are being mowed down, and what they don't realize is, that's not the only place this is going on.

James Inhofe

1:47:21 to 1:47:42( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: i have to share, as much as i hate to do it because i'm disagreeing with our state department when i say this, but i have to -- i have to say it because somebody has to say it. right now, there are -- the potential of having large numbers of people tortured, murdered in cote devar is taking place.

James Inhofe

1:47:43 to 1:48:03( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: and let me just say -- set the stage here so people will be aware of it. i've had occasion to be in cote devar. some people call it the ivory coast. it's in west africa. it's an area where a lot of the slave trade came from that came to this country. it's a place that has been led by a president named larent bagbo for the last -- since --

James Inhofe

1:48:04 to 1:48:24( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: the last ten years. i first became acquainted with the -- with the president back before he was president of coe devar. in fact, his wife, simone, was not his wife at that time, and she was a member of parliament. and so i watched -- i kind of sat through what happened in

James Inhofe

1:48:25 to 1:48:45( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: 2002 when there was a real effort by -- primarily by one individual, his name is alasain awatra, from the northern part of cote devar charging against him. now, it's kind of interesting because cote devar is one

James Inhofe

1:48:46 to 1:49:07( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: country but up in north you have primarily the muslim area, in the south and east primarily the christian element. and so there's been a real effort for -- for quite some time for the chosen one up there, who's a lasain dewatra,

James Inhofe

1:49:08 to 1:49:29( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: to defeat president bagboa. now, here's the problem we have. there was an election that took place a few months ago when it appeared that -- that awatra actual beat the incumbent president, president bagboa. and so we were all concerned about this in terms of was it a straight election -- and i'm going to tell you here in a

James Inhofe

1:49:30 to 1:49:50( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: couple minutes why it was not -- but also tried to -- to call this to the attention of the administration. way back in january after the election took place, i wrote a letter to secretary clinton, and i said, i'd like to have you reevaluate -- i'm going to have that letter at the conclusion of my remarks as a part of my

James Inhofe

1:49:51 to 1:50:11( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: statement to be printed in the record. but to look at this and evaluate this as to what actually won't in that election and how it was -- it was rigged. otarra tried to deny the involvement in a mass slaughter that took place just a couple of days ago.

James Inhofe

1:50:12 to 1:50:34( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: that was in a town called duquae. duquae was in a town called -- in the southern part of -- an area that was very strongly in favorite of president bagbao. and somewhere between 300 and a thousand people in that western town of duquae were slaughtered, were with guns and machetes.

James Inhofe

1:50:35 to 1:50:55( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: and mr. watara and his people tried to deny their involvement in the mass slaughter but the forces took place in the town days earlier and the bagbao forces were not even near the town. they had left the town a week before this happened. and so don't believe me but the guardian, which is a british newspaper, reported last nigh night -- just last night, they said -- and i'm going to quote

James Inhofe

1:50:56 to 1:51:17( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: now from the newspaper -- it said, "the u.n. mission said traditional hunters, known as dozoes, fought alongside awatra's forces and took part in killing 330 people in the western town of duguea. the international committee for the recor red cross said at least 800 people were killed in the -- in the violence" -- and i'm still

James Inhofe

1:51:18 to 1:51:38( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: quoting from the newspaper -- "last week." what we don't know is that 800 plus the 330, so roughly it's a thousand. "william a.haaifa, who's the head of the united nations mission in the ivory coast,

James Inhofe

1:51:39 to 1:52:04( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: blamed 220 of the deaths on the propro- awatra forces." the full article goes into a lot of detail. also, the bbc reporter wrote that -- quote -- "in the last 24 hours, i spot four pigs eating something dark in a charred courtyard standing by a newly dug mass grave.

James Inhofe

1:52:05 to 1:52:25( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: a u.n. soldier from more rock psychochowinging -- morocco is choking from wage and grief. i asked him if some of the dead are children and he begins to sob. the massacre was done by the watara forces who took over the town. president bagbao called for a

James Inhofe

1:52:26 to 1:52:46( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: cease-fire repeatedly." i called that. he's called for a cease-fire because the awatra forces have denied it. why? this cease-fire could have been established if they would accepted mediation through the african union. in march 27, the african union sent former cape verde foreign

James Inhofe

1:52:47 to 1:53:11( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: minister jose brito to mediate between watara and bagbao. bagbao accepted mediation, watara did not. i've been watching the events in

James Inhofe

1:53:12 to 1:53:33( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: cote d'voire and there's a serious question as to whether watara is the legit mallee -- legitimately elected president of cote d'voire. i've sent the evidence to the secretary of -- secretary clinton on two occasions, spanning the last few months.

James Inhofe

1:53:34 to 1:53:56( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: one of them is where we actually have the evidence of the number of votes that were stolen. in one letter, i pointed out, the last letter, which i'll make a part of this record, to the evidence which shows that watara received $94,87 -- 94,873 votes that were listed on a tally sheet for one of -- of the five

James Inhofe

1:53:57 to 1:54:17( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: regions in the rebel-held north. times this by four and it comes to very close to the margin of victory from -- that allegedly president gbagbo lost. that's 400,000 votes. so if, indeed, a similar amount of voter fraud exists in these four regions, gbagbo is the actual winner of the november 28

James Inhofe

1:54:18 to 1:54:38( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: presidential election. but if that's too complicated, look at it this way. in those five regions -- they don't call them precincts -- well some they do so it's a little confusing, but in the first letter i sent in, i commented that gbagbo during what we would call the primary

James Inhofe

1:54:39 to 1:54:59( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: had won thousands of votes in each one of those five prei think it sinks up north. however, in the primary runoff, he got zero. and i suggest to you, mr. president, that is a statistical impossibility. you can't get zero, tookly after you've already had thousands -- particularly after you've already had thousands of votes. in my letter for secretary clinton, i called for the united states to support new elections

James Inhofe

1:55:00 to 1:55:21( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: there but thus far these efforts have received an inadequate response. based on the news that awatra has murdered some 1,000 people in duquae, i hope that the lust reconsider its position and call for a new election. this wednesday, april 6, will mark the 17th anniversary of

James Inhofe

1:55:22 to 1:55:42( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: the 1994 rwanda general side. i went back for the anniversary of that genocide. i've been there many times before. we know that the u.n. general secretary -- secretary-genera secretary-general -- secretary-general, kofi annan, and others knew the extent of this violence early on but did nothing to do it. well, now we know there could be another genocide occurring and

James Inhofe

1:55:43 to 1:56:03( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: we do know in advance. and that's why the united states is going to have to call for an immediate cease-fire to prevent quattra an from slaughter and those who are protecting president

James Inhofe

1:56:04 to 1:56:24( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: gbagbo at the present time around the presidential palace. you've got to get this mental picture. they've got these kids, young kids, they don't have any weapons, they're carrying baseball bats and two-by-fours. and i have also been told that within the last half-hour, that the united nations helicopters, the u.n. peacekeeping helicopters, are firing on gbagbo's military camp, causing

James Inhofe

1:56:25 to 1:56:45( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: massive explosions. now there, could be some confusion on this because two of the articles that came out in the last half-hour, one of them was talking about the french who are kind of behind in supporting, of course, quatara. the other says the u.n. i'm not sure. one of the two in. lastly, i've sent a letter to senate foreign relations

James Inhofe

1:56:46 to 1:57:06( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: committee chairman john kerry -- and by the way, i talked to him personally about this. he's very concerned about it. i've requested that i convene a hearing as soon as possible into the atrocities committed by forces loyal to the rebel leader leader, quatara, as well as into what i believe were flawed elections that gave legitimacy to his claim of the presidency. so i do ask unanimous consent

James Inhofe

1:57:07 to 1:57:27( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: that now, at the conclusion of these remarks, placed in the record immediately following my comments would be the -- the two letters sent to secretary clinton along with a letter sent to senator kerry and with the calculation -- or the miscalculation of the election that i honestly in my heart

James Inhofe

1:57:28 to 1:57:49( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: believe was stolen. this is what we're asking to be put in the record. this is the tabulations of the precincts. and you add up the precincts, in just one precinct, there were -- there was a mistake of over 8 80 -- 85,000 votes just in one precinct. so i ask unanimous consent those be made a part of the record. the presiding officer: without objection.

James Inhofe

1:57:50 to 1:57:55( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: mr. inhofe: and i

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