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Senate Proceeding on Jul 10th, 2008 :: 2:18:02 to 2:22:09
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John Warner

2:17:48 to 2:18:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Warner: aby. mr. warner: but his boots are on the groundhe now, not writing a dissertation. i see our distinguished colleague fm south carolina, another valuable member of the floor. mr. graham: thank you, mr.

Lindsey Graham

2:18:02 to 2:18:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: president. thank you, senator warner. to senator levin, i thank him and the committee for moving these names forward so we can get these two fine men in their new jobs and the committee worked very

Lindsey Graham

2:18:02 to 2:22:09( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

2:18:14 to 2:18:28( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: decisively and quickly. we will have a hope soon and i hope we get as close to 100 as possible. my observation about these two officers is similar to what senator sessions said. but having met them and

Lindsey Graham

2:18:28 to 2:18:41( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: spent some time with them in theater and got to know them well, they couldn't have done this without the people under their command. i have spent a lot of time in iraq like many members here. and the

Lindsey Graham

2:18:41 to 2:18:52( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, members of the coast guard, every civilian force has performed magnificently and general petraeus came up with a new strategy, quite frankly before he came home we

Lindsey Graham

2:18:52 to 2:19:04( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: were losing. you can talk about iraq in any terms you want, political or otherwise, but it was my view that the situation on the ground in iraq before this new strategy, was going to result if losing.

Lindsey Graham

2:19:04 to 2:19:20( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: we are losing ground against the insurgency and general petraeus and general odierno came up with a new way of doing business, getting the troops in the field, the joint security stations where our soldiers

Lindsey Graham

2:19:20 to 2:19:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: live with the iraqi police and the army has transformed the iraqi army and you see this in basra and moss sul where the capacity of thearmy is better in terms of capability and numbers, a direct result

Lindsey Graham

2:19:35 to 2:19:48( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: of changing strategy, taking the fight to the enemy. in anbar province strategy with the sunni and shiites turning on al qaeda, was the defining moment. when general petraeus tried to get the sunni population

Lindsey Graham

2:19:48 to 2:19:58( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: to break away from al qaeda by providing better security, that turned the tide in anbar. the political progress we have seen for 15 of the 18 benchmarks have been met by the maliki government is a direct

Lindsey Graham

2:19:58 to 2:20:10( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: represent of ambassador crocker and general petraeus sitting down with the iraqi leadership and doing a lot of hand holding. the military side of this is important but i hope the members will appreciate

Lindsey Graham

2:20:10 to 2:20:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: how sophisticated general petraeus, general odierno and ambassador crocker have been when it comes to the economic-political aspects of this. they have put money into projects that changed the quality

Lindsey Graham

2:20:25 to 2:20:39( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: of life in iraq, that got people more emboldened to join with the government. they have pushed the sunnies, shias, and the kurds to reach political compromise. these are two of the most talented politicians

Lindsey Graham

2:20:39 to 2:20:52( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: i've ever met even though they're in uniform. they are american commanders dealt a tough hand. the politics of iraq, they understood, i believe, just as well as the counterinsurgency problems that the

Lindsey Graham

2:20:52 to 2:21:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: military face. so what they have brought to the table, i think, will go down in history as the most successful counterinsurgency operation in the history of warfare and i've worked on the judicial

Lindsey Graham

2:21:02 to 2:21:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: issues. they provided security to the judges, additional capacity in the rule of law area, and general petraeus told me early on the population has to believe in the law because if they don't believe

Lindsey Graham

2:21:14 to 2:21:28( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: in the government and the law they will go to militias. so this is -- we celebrate the success of these two men but on their behalf i would like to thank all those who served under them because they're

Lindsey Graham

2:21:28 to 2:21:41( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the ones who made it happen along with great leadership so we're winning now. we have not won yet but the difference between iraq before and after is stunning. it's for all to see. progress, political,

Lindsey Graham

2:21:41 to 2:21:54( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: economic and military. i look forward to promoting these two fine officers. hats off to them and all who is served in iraq. mr. warner: mr. president, i wish to thank our colleague from south carolina.

Lindsey Graham

2:21:54 to 2:22:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: he is too modest to say it but i think you logged as many trips into that region as any of us here and very often in the company of senator mccain who, likewise, has h strong support for both of

John Warner

2:22:09 to 2:22:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Warner: these officers. i thank the senator for his wor and his important contribution to this debate on thi os, this morning. now, mr. president, we're concluded on this side but i might ask unanimous consent if

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