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Senate Proceeding on May 20th, 2009 :: 3:41:40 to 3:46:59
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Joseph Lieberman

3:41:40 to 3:42:00( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: ratio is particularly dire category in our army called "enablers," involved amendment aviators, people involved in intelligence and recon nanc they are under dwell time pressure. the obama administration

Joseph Lieberman

3:41:40 to 3:46:59( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joseph Lieberman

Joseph Lieberman

3:42:01 to 3:42:24( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: implementing what i consider to be a very responsible strategy and a correct strategy for drawing done our first in iraq. but if you combine the iraq afghanistan wars and the planned increase in army presence in afghanistan as we slowly

Joseph Lieberman

3:42:25 to 3:42:45( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: decrease in iraq, army deployments will actually increaseor the rest of this year. this is general casey -- general casey, said services committee the other day, it is a simple question of supply and demand. if the supply of the army stays

Joseph Lieberman

3:42:46 to 3:43:07( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: only constant or even goes down and yet the increasing deployments for at least the remainder of this year and probably well into next year go up, the dwell time, the time

Joseph Lieberman

3:43:08 to 3:43:28( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: that these soldiers of ours, away from the war zone back at base will not rise from the unceptable level it is at our military leadership has made clear in public statements that things are going to get worse before they get better.

Joseph Lieberman

3:43:29 to 3:43:49( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: army chief of that the number of deployed soldiers will actually, as i've said, rise through the rest of the year. admiral mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told the senate armed services committee last week that the army faces -- quote -- "very rough time," over at least the next two years

Joseph Lieberman

3:43:50 to 3:44:12( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: before it reach the end of the tunnel." keep in mind that these predictions do not reflect or absorb the possibility of a new crisis or new crises elsewhere in the world outside of iraq and afghanistan that what such a crisis would place in the way of

Joseph Lieberman

3:44:13 to 3:44:33( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: additional deman soldiers and the possibility that recent experience warns us to at least keep if mind as a possible -- as a possibility. so we're in a where we've got a constant legal of

Joseph Lieberman

3:44:34 to 3:44:56( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: in the short-term gon going up and therefore, dwell time, time away from the battlefield, is not rising. and this equation leads to strength and stress on our soldiers. unfortunately, there are facts that show this strain and stress. the army is on track this year

Joseph Lieberman

3:44:57 to 3:45:17( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: to overtake the grim record in suicides of our active duty army personnel that we saw last year, 2009. the murder a week or two ago of five soldiers by a fellow soldier in baghdad was a devastating example, i fear, of the stress on our deployed

Joseph Lieberman

3:45:18 to 3:45:41( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: foe. we hear increasingly stories of the stress on the families back home. any of us who have visited military bases, spoken to the families, hear this constantly and there is a do something to increase the

Joseph Lieberman

3:45:42 to 3:46:02( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: dwell time. the fact is that we are not -- and that really does hurt. said the other day at services hearing, witnesses before us from the defense department talking about all quality of women in uniform, housing for

Joseph Lieberman

3:46:03 to 3:46:23( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: their families, health care, childare, et cetera, et cetera, benefits. all true, but -- so we are improving the benefits men and women of the u.s. army. but so long as there are not enough of them, which tre are not today, the major factor of stress, which is how often, how

Joseph Lieberman

3:46:24 to 3:46:44( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: many times are they going to be sent back to iraq and afghanistan and how frequently will not change. and that's what this amendment madam president, i want to make clear what is obvious to everyone, that our army is not broken. this is the greatest -- this is the next greatest generation of

Joseph Lieberman

3:46:45 to 3:46:59( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the american military, performing with unbelievable skill and heroism, resilience, agility, iraq and afghanistan. our army is not broken.

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