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Senate Proceeding on Jun 15th, 2011 :: 6:47:45 to 6:51:25
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Mary Landrieu

6:47:40 to 6:47:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: was required for nato. now we're talking 2%, and only

Harry Reid

6:47:45 to 6:51:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Harry Reid

Harry Reid

6:47:46 to 6:48:06( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: five countries -- only five countries meet that test. that is not a sustainable alliance. if we drag down our strongest member, it will not be in the interest of anyone if something big happens that needs an

Harry Reid

6:48:07 to 6:48:28( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: immediate and robust response. so i appreciate that secretary gates, in his final three weeks one month in office has talked very straight to our nato allies. and i hope that they are listening, and i hope they are prepared to act.

Harry Reid

6:48:29 to 6:48:50( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: yes, they have financial constraints, too. we understand that. but it is time that the sharing be shared. it is time that we have a real alliance in which we remain strong so that we have the

Harry Reid

6:48:51 to 6:49:12( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: strength to respond in the big emergencies where we are called. but being dragged down by smaller emergencies that can be handled by others, whether it is kosovo or even iraq, or certainly libya and certainly people are concerned about the

Harry Reid

6:49:13 to 6:49:33( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: situation in syria and yemen, we can let others handle and be in the lead in those areas so that when the big things such as afghanistan will continue to be, can be handled by the united states with our unique capabilities and our commitment.

Harry Reid

6:49:34 to 6:49:56( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: our fighters are the best in the world. our equipment is the best in the world. our training is the best in the world. we need to maintain that strength with an alliance that has a burden-sharing where we are the lead but we are not in such a lead that we are dragging

Harry Reid

6:49:57 to 6:50:17( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: down the capabilities for the future. so, madam president, i applaud secretary gates for starting this dialogue in earnest. we've talked about it for a long time -- for years actually. we have talked to our nato allies about stepping up to the plate, even in the good

Harry Reid

6:50:18 to 6:50:38( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: "financial times" that didn't happen. but for a few and i will say that great britain has always been there and we have had other strong alliances -- australia, not in nato, but sarin a strong ally; canada, a strong ally. but it is time for us to

Harry Reid

6:50:39 to 6:51:00( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: reassess our contributions in nato to preserve our strength so that we are there for the big ones, which is in all of our interests. thank you, madam president, and i su quorum. the presiding offic clerk will call the roll.

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