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Senate Proceeding on May 19th, 2009 :: 0:06:25 to 0:13:10
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Mitch McConnell

0:06:21 to 0:06:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: later this afternoon we expect to begin consideration of the iraq and afghanistan supplemental appropriation bill. mr republican leader. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, today the senate takes up the supplemental spending bill for the wars in afghanistan and iraq. the need to consider such wartime supplementals is

Mitch McConnell

0:06:25 to 0:13:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

0:06:42 to 0:07:03( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: familiar to the senate. but their importance is not anyonished over time. our armed forces have fought valiantly against global terrorism for more than seven years. this wee once again that we are grateful for the service and dependent on

Mitch McConnell

0:07:04 to 0:07:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the heroism of every american fighting to help protect us at home and abroad. like any supplemental war spending bill, this week's bill must be viewed in the context of the broader fight against terrorism. this is a fight that began in ernest after the ents but which found its justification in a long series

Mitch McConnell

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

Mitch McConnell: of attacks that culminated on that terrible day eight years before 9/11 several americans were killed in the first world trade center bombing. two years later five americans were killed in an attack in a u.s. military site in.

Mitch McConnell

0:07:47 to 0:08:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: in 19919 servicemen lost their lives. in 199812 americans were killed in embassy bbings in in 20017 american soldiers were killed in an attack on the s. cole. and september 11, 2001, 1 19 hijackers killed over 3,000

Mitch McConnell

0:08:09 to 0:08:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: americans in new york, virginia, and pennsylvania. what is clear with this is that terrorists were at war with us long before we were at war with them. after 9/11 the northern alliance and the u.s. fight to al qaeda and the taliban in afghanistan. coalition forces later toppled

Mitch McConnell

0:08:30 to 0:08:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: saddam hussein and mounted a successful counterinsurgency against al qaeda in iraq that continues to this day. the supplemental will consider this week funds all of those efforts an provides vital assistance to pakistan ongoing battle against insurgents. one of the more contentious issues that has arisen in the

Mitch McConnell

0:08:52 to 0:09:14( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: course of this protracted fight is the fate of captured terrorists. since 9/11 the u.s. has ctured hundreds of terrorists who wish to harm americans. many of them have been brought to the secured detention facility a inmates include some of the key

Mitch McConnell

0:09:15 to 0:09:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: conspirators in nairobi a as the mastermind of the attack on the u.s. cole, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks is also there, as are a number of his 9/11 co-conspirators. guantanamo was established to house terrorists like these. dangerous men who posed a serious threat to americans and

Mitch McConnell

0:09:37 to 0:09:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the fact that we haven't been attacked at home since 9/11 confirms, in my view, the fact that this facility, which taken together with all of our efforts in the global fight terrorism has been a success. now, there's no doubt that some of the men who were held at guantanamo were eager to launch new attacks against us. of those who have been released

Mitch McConnell

0:09:58 to 0:10:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: from guantanamo, about 12% have returned to the battlefield. one of these men is currently a toal qaeda deputy. another is the taliban op afghanistan. and these are men who were thought to be safe for transfer. more recently the defense department has confirmed that 18

Mitch McConnell

0:10:19 to 0:10:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: former detainees have returned to the battlefield and this at least 40 more are suspected of having done so. early this year the saudi government said that nearly a dozen saudis who were released from gitmo are believe to returned this is a good reason, mr. president, to keep these men at

Mitch McConnell

0:10:40 to 0:11:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: guantanamo. until the administration can present us with a plan for keeping terrorists off battlefield. some have argued that the existence of the guantanamo prison serves as a recruiting but it's hard to imagine that moving the facility somewhere else and giving it a different name will somehow satisfy our

Mitch McConnell

0:11:02 to 0:11:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: critics in european capitals. even less likely is the notion that by moving detainees from the coast of cuba to colorado, terrorists overseas will turn their swords into plow shares. the global terror network that we're fighting targeted and killed americans long before 9/11 and long before we opened

Mitch McConnell

0:11:24 to 0:11:44( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the gates of guantanamo. shutting this facility now could only serve one end, that's to make americans less safe than guantanamo has. the summitmental spending bill that the senate votes on this week will fund an effort to combat terrorism that has been hard fought. we've seen victories an we've

Mitch McConnell

0:11:45 to 0:12:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: seen setbacks. -- keeping detainees off the battlefield is part of the battle. al qaeda's terrorist networks remain vital and lethal. in would be cross purposes with the underlying bill itself.

Mitch McConnell

0:12:07 to 0:12:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: if we are committed to funding the global fight against terrorism, then we'll come up with a gad alternative to guantanamo before we move to close it. the administration has shown a willingness to change course on other matters of national security. it is my hope they will show a similar willingness on guantanamo. as the senate considers this

Mitch McConnell

0:12:28 to 0:12:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: supplemental, we'll have an opportunity to encourage such a shift in expressing our opposition to closing guantanamontil a good alternative emerges. this is the only way to ensure the same level of safety that guantanamo has delivered and the supplemental itself is intended to promote.

Mitch McConnell

0:12:49 to 0:13:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: mr. president, i suggest the absence of a quo the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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