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Senate Proceeding on Apr 27th, 2009 :: 0:12:15 to 0:30:05
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Mitch McConnell

0:12:12 to 0:12:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: act and protect struggling homeowners at the time they need it the most.

Mitch McConnell

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Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

0:12:33 to 0:12:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, america faces many serious challenges, not only at home but abroad. i was vid way during my own recent trip to iraq and to broaderrer middle east, and i

Mitch McConnell

0:12:55 to 0:13:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: was reminded of it as i followed with greatnterest the president's recent trips to your and south america, as well as some of his recent decisions relating to the shape and spirit of u.s. foreign policy. what these trips and decisions have shown many of us is that looking forward we would do well

Mitch McConnell

0:13:17 to 0:13:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: to reaffirm some basic foreign policy principles that have served america well l in the past; namely, that our security and our prosperity rely on a strong national defense, both militarily and with regard to the gathering of intelligence, and that america must commitments to allies and alliances.

Mitch McConnell

0:13:38 to 0:14:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: th afternoon i'd like to take a few moments to explain why these principles are so important and i'd also like to outline a few of the areas where i agree and where i respectfully sagree with the foreign policy decisions the new administration has made. i'll begin with the prays.

Mitch McConnell

0:14:01 to 0:14:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: in my view, the president followed the principle of maintaing and deploying a defense when he voice of his military commanders to withdraw troops on iraq based on conditions on the groun political calculations. he followed ts principle again by pursuing in afghanistan the

Mitch McConnell

0:14:22 to 0:14:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: same counterinsurgency strategy that has worked in iraq. the administration deserves credit for both decisions. and i haven't been hesitant giving it that credit. the next step, of course, to keep our fors ready. and in order to do so, the senate must pass the administration's supplemental spending request to train and

Mitch McConnell

0:14:44 to 0:15:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: equip the armed services. this is a i will support. unfortunately, the administration errorred on c.i.a. interrogation memos almost if their entirety. the choice on this issue clear, defend career

Mitch McConnell

0:15:06 to 0:15:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: intelligence revalley imove treveal to al qaedahat they can face if captured. the administration chose the latter, a mistake. and also a mistake for the administration to pursue or condone the protracted

Mitch McConnell

0:15:28 to 0:15:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: investigation that some have proposed in intelligence-gathering efforts after the 9/11 attacks so the president's advisers have warned seven to demoralize the intelligence community and therefore, weaken its ability to protect t american people. moreover, the president himself has repeatedly said america must use all the tools in its arsenals in addressing the

Mitch McConnell

0:15:51 to 0:16:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: problems we face including, presumably, the o of islamic terrorism. weakening our tools of intelligence through an investigation of the intelligence community and other key decisionmakers would, by definition, make that pledge impossible to fulfill. it would also

Mitch McConnell

0:16:13 to 0:16:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: us, i fear, at a time when we must continue to present a united and determined front to our enemies. if my view the commander in chief has an obligation to unify the country while we are and at risk. look at in this context attacking each other on these issues is not only counterproductive, it's actually dangerous.

Mitch McConnell

0:16:34 to 0:16:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: it's important to rember tha we're still very much engaged in a global fate against terror and as l a strong, steady defense will require our strong support for an intelligence community that is uniquely equipped to deal with many ofhe problems that arise in this fight. at a

Mitch McConnell

0:16:56 to 0:17:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the vital work of our nation's intelligence professionals is exactly i've already openly and disagreement with the administration's approach on guantanamo. americans would like to know why they're preparing t transfer prisoners who were involved in the 9/11

Mitch McConnell

0:17:19 to 0:17:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: facilitates that are outside our control entirely or here in the united they want assurances that the next detention facility or the country tore which they are tranerred keeps them as safe as guantanamo has. so far, the administration hasn't been able to provide those assurances.

Mitch McConnell

0:17:40 to 0:18:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: it's only assurance is that guantanamo will close some time when the next nine months. to achieve that goal the administration has asked congress for $80 million in the upcoming supplement war-funding bill the in my view, congress would be shirking its duties if it were to approve these funds one second, one second before we

Mitch McConnell

0:18:01 to 0:18:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: know exactly what administration plans to do with these terrorists. news reports over the suggest the administration is very close to announcing the release of a into t united states. not into detention facilities, mr. president, but into the

Mitch McConnell

0:18:22 to 0:18:42( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: issue. the -- into the united states, directly, into our communities and neighborhoods, right here on u.s. soil. virtually every member of the senate is on record opposing the transfer of soil. even if it only meant incarcerating them in our nation's most secure prisons, we

Mitch McConnell

0:18:43 to 0:19:03( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: had that vote a couple years ago, 94-3 and the presumption was they would come into the u.s. and be incarcerated, not free. and the 94-3 against such a relief. until the new reports emerge, no one had ever even contemplated, mr. president, the possibility

Mitch McConnell

0:19:04 to 0:19:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: of actually releasing trained terrorisms into american communities. never occurs to anyone. if the administration actually follows through on this shocking proposal, it will have clearly answered the question of whether its plan for the inmates at guantanamo will keep

Mitch McConnell

0:19:26 to 0:19:47( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: safe as guantanamo has. by releasing trained terrorists into civilian communities in the unitedtates, the administration will, by definition, endanger the am moreover, by releasing trained terrorists into the united states, the administration may run afoul of u.s. law, something that was pointed out to us by the senator

Mitch McConnell

0:19:48 to 0:20:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: weeks back. many were unaware that such a release might actually violate u.s. law and i believe the senator from alabama will have more to say about that shortly. that law, prohibit admission to the united states of anyone who has trained

Mitch McConnell

0:20:11 to 0:20:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: for, engaged in, terrorism. before any decision is made that affects the safety of american communities the attorney general needs to explain how the decision makes america safer and whether this decision complies with u.s. law. i also disagree with the administration's recent pledge to ratify

Mitch McConnell

0:20:33 to 0:20:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: ban treaty. that is a treaty we voluntarily abided by before the president rushes to fulfill this goal, america needs assurance that our nuclear stockpile is both reliable and safe. as our nuclear stockpile ages the assurance becomes

Mitch McConnell

0:20:55 to 0:21:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: increasingly important. the are only two ways to ensure the safety of our nuclear stockpile: through actual tests or by investing in new, in a new generation of warheads. at the moment, the administration isn't willing to do either. and whent comes to deterrence, this represents a serious

Mitch McConnell

0:21:16 to 0:21:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: dilemma. as defense secretary gates has said -- quote -- "there is absolutely no way we can maintain a credible deterrent and reduce the number of weapons in our stockpile without resorting to testing stockpile or pursuing a

Mitch McConnell

0:21:43 to 0:22:03( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: modernization program." so as we keep, as we seek to keep our defenses strong we must also be careful to keep our commitments tourour allies and friends particular -- to our allies and fri in the middle east. what good is an appliance if one cannot be trusted to uphold its

Mitch McConnell

0:22:04 to 0:22:26( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: end of the if america is not expected to keep its word we can't expect others to keep theirs. now our nato allies need to know we will notalk away from missile defense orucheo reduce our own nuclear stockpile in the misguided hope of securing a promise of cooperation from

Mitch McConnell

0:22:27 to 0:22:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: russia with respect to iran. the notion that the key to containing iran lies with russia cooperation is not new. but it has repeatedly proven to be futile. the previous administration pursued the path of cooperation in the form of a nuclear cooperation one-two-three agreement and russia did not end

Mitch McConnell

0:22:49 to 0:23:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: its arm sales to iran, as a result. i might add that treaty was subsequently withdwn. we should learn from mistakes, not repeat them, and this means as russians we must also do so as realists. the newer members of the nato alliance must know that the u.s.

Mitch McConnell

0:23:12 to 0:23:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: will not help russia carve out a new sphere of influence in the 21st century that match the one it had in the second half of the 20th century. the administration should be equally realistic in its dealings with iran. it must make perfectly clear that the pursuit of nuclear weapons is unacceptable. and this means

Mitch McConnell

0:23:36 to 0:23:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: friends and to our foes that pursuit of such a program will have consequences. israel and a number of moderate arab regimes have all risked a great deal in confronting islamic extremism. we need to assure every one of them that the administration's negotiations with iran will lead to real results.

Mitch McConnell

0:23:59 to 0:24:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the challenges we face abroad will requi endurance as they always have. and efforts to improve our i abroad are part of that. but we shouldn't overvalue the power of personal diplomacy in overcoming problems that have

Mitch McConnell

0:24:20 to 0:24:40( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: been with us for man we saw this recently with iran. in response to the ad era even -- engagement honest and grounded in mutual respect, iran convicted an american journalist to eight years in jail after a secret trial and

Mitch McConnell

0:24:41 to 0:25:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: accused the united states in an international forum of conspiring to create israel on on the pretext of rouge." the administration offered respect and iran responded with contempt. iran continues to fund terrorist

Mitch McConnell

0:25:02 to 0:25:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: organizations such as hezbollah and hamas and there's little evidence that any incentive could keep the supreme leader of iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon. iran must be deterred. then

Mitch McConnell

0:25:24 to 0:25:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: in response to the administration's proposal for a -- quote -- "fresh our relations with communist cuba, fidel castro said the new adnistration had confused his brother's raul's reaffirmation of the cuban revolution and its principles for an opening to

Mitch McConnell

0:25:46 to 0:26:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: discuss democ as far was not particularly encouraging to me nor was it likely to encourage the 11 million cuban citizens who continue to be denied any basic human rights and the thousands of cub according to the state department, are forced to serve jail sentences without even

Mitch McConnell

0:26:08 to 0:26:30( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: having been specific crime or human rights advocate there who face arbitrary arrest and detention and denial of free trial. the venezuelans who face arbitrary arrest and detention and who can't expect a fair

Mitch McConnell

0:26:31 to 0:26:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: trial. it's by the new administration's warm embrace of a man who oppresses them. just imagine the signal this sends to those in venezuela and throughout the world who are fighting for freedom and democr expect the united states to defend and promote their efforts

Mitch McConnell

0:26:54 to 0:27:14( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: in our deal insurance with friend and foes, alike. similarly, concerning is the increased rel envoys. the administration has rushed several of these envoys, all fine public capitals. and yet none of them were

Mitch McConnell

0:27:15 to 0:27:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: subject to senate confirmation or answerable in any way to congress. and i see by the morning paper they require considerable staff. these envoys face significant challenges f the palestinian peo growth of the taliban inside pakistan during their

Mitch McConnell

0:27:36 to 0:27:56( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: negotiations these envoys are likely to make commitments that congress will be specificked to fulfill or to -- expected to fulfill or to fund but congress cann be expected to hand out funds to support negotiations we know nothing about. these special envoys should be accountable to congress. every american president from

Mitch McConnell

0:27:57 to 0:28:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: george washington to the current day has struggled to balance america's interests with its equals. this is something americans have long accepted. but the rush to initiate "fresh starts," with old adversaries or to find quick solutions to the many complex problems we face is

Mitch McConnell

0:28:19 to 0:28:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: not always comes to advancing our long-term interests or in preserving and strengthening alliances or our relationships with allies. so republicans will have many reasons to stand with the president in the months and years ahead but we will not be reluctant to remind him of some

Mitch McConnell

0:28:40 to 0:29:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: of the principles that have surfed us well in the past or to speak out against decisions with which we respectfully disagree. as we wage two wars overseas, we must be sure to maintain strong relations with our allies. some days they w

Mitch McConnell

0:29:01 to 0:29:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: some days we will need them. but in a dangerous world, these vital relationships must be preserved. we must als dominance of the u.s. military in the near term and in the long term. and any arms control agreement sent to the senate must be verifiable and clearly in the

Mitch McConnell

0:29:22 to 0:29:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: national interests. these are principles all of us should agree on and all of us should be eager and able to defend. our allies deserve to know that we will be guided by them and, so, too, i believe, do the american people. mr. president, i yield the

Mitch McConnell

0:29:47 to 0:30:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: floor. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership time be reserved. under the previous order, the senate will proceed to a period of morning business until 4:20 p.m. with senators permitted to speak up to ten minutes each with the time equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees. mr. sessions: mr. president? the presiding officer: the

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