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Benjamin L. Cardin

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Benjamin L. Cardin: presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the chaplain, dr. barry black, will lead the senate in prayer

Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: the chaplain: let us pray. o lord most holy, we confess to you our unworthiness. grant that we may every day crave those dispositions which shall make

Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: barry black, will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. o lord most holy, we confess to you our unworthiness. grant that we may every day crave those dispositions which shall make

Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: us worthy to be called your children. bless our senators. guide them so that in all getting they will receive understanding. whatever they lose, may they retain your favor, growing in grace and in a

Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: deeper knowledge of you. give them a hunger to know your sacred word and a willingness to follow your precepts. grant that those who seek the right way will be led by your hand. may those who experience

Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: barry black, will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. o lord most holy, we confess to you our unworthiness. grant that we may every day crave those dispositions which shall make

Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: setbacks be lifted by your mercy and know the the restoration of your joy. consecrate, with your presence, the road our lawmakers travel and lead them to your desired destination. we pray in youloving

Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: name. amen. the presiding officer: please join me in the pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under

Kay Hutchison

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Kay Hutchison: god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c, august 1, 2007. to the senate: under the provisions

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Benjamin L. Cardin

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Benjamin L. Cardin: of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable benjamin l. cardin, a senator from the state of maryland, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: robert

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: c. byrd, president pro tempore. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: majority leader is recognized. mr. reid: today there will be a period of 30 minutes of morning business. it will all be under

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: control of the republicans. following that, the senate will resume consideration of the children's health bill and then conduct 30 minutes of debate with respect to the ensign amendment. that time

Harry Reid

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Speech By: Harry Reid

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: will be equally divided and controlled between senators ensign and baucus. upon the use or yielding back of that time the senate will vote in relation to the ensign amendment. following the disposition

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: of the ensign amendment, the majority manage er hopes that he can come to a short agreement with respect to the gregg amendment and have a votehortly thereafter. senator byrd is to be recognized to

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: speak for up to 30 minutes beginning at 12:00 noon today. other votes with respect to this bill are expected. mr. president, what i would say, i would hope -- there are two major amendments that

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: we've been told exist with this children's health legislation. one is going to be offered by senator kerry, which is going to increase the amount of money that we feel is needed in this legislation.

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: the other is by senators lott and kyl, which is a substitute amendment. i would hope they would come -- both -- those that are going to offer that amendment and do them ry quickly. we need these two amendments

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: because this is what this legislation is really all about are these two amendments. there are other things, of course, that are important and individuals have the right to offer those amendments. and i

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: hope that -- but i do hope those two amendments will be offered very quickly. we need to finish this bill. we're going to finish the bill before we leave. we have, of course, everyone knows that

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: we have in the morning the cloture vote on ethics and lobbying. we'll do that an hour after we come in in the morning, unless some other time is arrange ed. and i do say this, mr. president mr. president,

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: i very much appreciate the willingness of the minority to work with us, that we didn't have to go and -- because it was a privileged piece of legislation that came from the house, that we didn't have

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: to waste time from last night until tomorrow morning. i appreciate very, very much the republicans allowing us to work on this legislation today. it would have been a waste ed day otherwise. and i hope that

Harry Reid

0:04:49 to 0:05:06( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: we can get a lot of work done on schip today. i will speak with senator mcconnell as to when, if at all -- i hope it's not necessary -- that we file cloture on schip to finish it. as i've said, i hope

Harry Reid

0:05:06 to 0:05:19( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: we don't have to do that. we had good luck last week on the first appropriation bill not having to do that. we have one other must-do item before we leave here and that deals with the surveillance program

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: that everybody's read about and knows about. that has to be done. i met with -- had a breet brief meeting this morning with admiral mcconnell and he says that he has sent some propose ed changes to

Harry Reid

0:05:31 to 0:05:42( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the legislation up here. it's already here. and we hope that that will be enough to have that legislation pass quickly. i hope we can have that done. it's certainly not a certain thing that we can

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: get it done, but it's something that we all acknowledge we should give it the -- we'll call it try and do everything we can to complete that. those are things we must do. there are other things we would

Harry Reid

0:05:54 to 0:06:10( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: like to do, kind of a luxury. one of them is the competitive competitiveness bill, which is very important. such an interesting piece of legislation. conversations of most liberal members of my caucus love this piece

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: of legislation, moderates, conservatives in my caucus, and that's the same with the republicans. they think this legislation is very, very good. i see on the floor my friend from Tennessee who worked

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: like to do, kind of a luxury. one of them is the competitive competitiveness bill, which is very important. such an interesting piece of legislation. conversations of most liberal members of my caucus love this piece

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: on this early on, and i hope we can do this before we leave. it's my understanding the conference, if not having been complete ed, is virtually complete completed, and that would be good if we have

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: that done before we leave. it would show some real bipartisanship. i hope that can be done. mr. dorgan: mr. president, would the senator yield for a question question? mr. reid: i'd be happy to yield.

Harry Reid

0:06:44 to 0:06:53( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: mr. dorgan: mr. president, i know others are waiting to begin morning business. let me add my hope with the majority leader is that we'll be able to move through these bills with some expeditious actions

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: this week. there's been so much delay in this chamber. i know the senator from -- the majority leader really wishes to move through and get these things done, and i hope we can do that. i did want

Byron Dorgan

0:07:03 to 0:07:12( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: to mention to the senator from nevada that i have offered to the children's health insurance bill the indian health care improvement act. i did that yesterday, i offered that as an amendment. there

Byron Dorgan

0:07:21 to 0:07:33( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: are three million children who would be benefited by the children's health insurance bill bill, but there are two million American Indians that are subject to full-scale health care rationing. it's unbelievable

Byron Dorgan

0:07:33 to 0:07:44( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: what's happening, two million of them. . and it is -- we've had 11 separate bills introduced in the congress since the authorization for the indian health care improvement act expired some years ago,

Byron Dorgan

0:07:43 to 0:07:57( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: 11 of them, and none of them have moved. and so i offer the amendment just because i felt i had to to the indian health care -- to the children's health insurance program that is on the floor. so i indicate

Byron Dorgan

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Byron Dorgan: yesterday, however, in response to senator Baucus, who said that he would mark up on September 12 in the finance committee his version of the bill, i've marked it up in my committee, the Indian affairs committee.

Byron Dorgan

0:08:07 to 0:08:17( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: committee. i indicate ed to him i would withdraw that amendment from the children's health insurance bill if i could get a commitment to get that bill to the floor of the senate. this is urgent. we

Byron Dorgan

0:08:15 to 0:08:27( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: have an urgent problem with respect to rationing of health care with american indians. so would i ask my colleague, i know we have visited about it, i know how strongly he supports american indians

Byron Dorgan

0:08:26 to 0:08:39( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: and health care for American Indians. would i ask the majority leader if we could have that commitment to get that bill to the floor of the senate, and if we can do that, i certainly will withdrawal withdraw the

Byron Dorgan

0:08:38 to 0:08:43( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: amendment here in anticipation of having that debate in the next couple of months here in the senate.

Harry Reid

0:08:43 to 0:09:04( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: I say to my friend, the distinguished chairman of the indian affairs committee, someone who has been a tireless advocate for native Americans his entire career, i have 22 different tribal organizations in the state of Nevada. you say rationing health care. i think that's even being

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: too generous because there is no health care to ration in many instances in nevada. we've gone from having two wonderful hospitals for native americans; now we have one that's closed, the other one they don't

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: use it for acute care care. it's a situation that for our country should be an embarrass embarrassment. it is an embarrassment. we just don't -- people just don't know how bad it is. and so i say

Harry Reid

0:09:28 to 0:09:42( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: to my friend through the chair that we're going to do this bill this year. if it's reported out of that finance committee, we're going to find a way to bring it to the floor. it is -- it is the

Harry Reid

0:09:42 to 0:09:56( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: right thing to do. we talk about people who don't have advocates for them. my tribal organizations in Nevada don't have people back here advocate ing for them. and we need to advocate for them them.

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: i have to do that. and i'm especially on this issue issue, health care, the basic minimum that they deserve is having the ability to have some kind of health care. it is so -- it's in such a state

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: and will do everything i can to move this forward and make a commitment that we will do something this congress -- not this congress, this session of congress. mr. dorgan: mr. president, that commitment

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: of neglect now that i, frankly, don't know what to tell these tribal organizations when they come to see me. more than a decade waiting to do something about this. so i support my friend from north dakota

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: and will do everything i can to move this forward and make a commitment that we will do something this congress -- not this congress, this session of congress. mr. dorgan: mr. president, that commitment

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: of neglect now that i, frankly, don't know what to tell these tribal organizations when they come to see me. more than a decade waiting to do something about this. so i support my friend from north dakota

Harry Reid

0:10:29 to 0:10:40( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: from the majority leader is certainly welcome. and i would just observe this: there are very few places in this country where someone having a heart attack would be wheeled into an emergency room with

Harry Reid

0:10:40 to 0:10:52( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: a piece of paper attached to their thigh by masking tape that says to the receiving hospital, by the way, if you admit this woman, understand you're on your own because contract health care funding

Byron Dorgan

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Speech By: Byron Dorgan

Byron Dorgan

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Byron Dorgan: from the indian health care service has run out. very few circumstances in this country would you see that and it describes once again how unbelievably urgent it is for us to pass this bill. the commitment

Byron Dorgan

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

Byron Dorgan: from the majority leader is very welcome. it reflects his long-term commitment to deal with these indian issues. the commitment from senator baucus to mark up his portion of the bill september 12 is

Byron Dorgan

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Byron Dorgan: welcome welcome. and i will, therefore, when we're back on the children's health insurance bill, withdraw the amendment as a result of the commitments to move it separate separately. mr. president, i yield

Byron Dorgan

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Byron Dorgan: the floor floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved. under the previous order, there will now be a period of transaction of

Byron Dorgan

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Byron Dorgan: morning business for 30 minutes under the control of the republican leader or his designee, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. the chair recognizes the senator from

Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: tennessee. mr. alexander: thank you, mr. president. will the chair let me know when six minutes have scpieshd expired? the presiding officer: the chair will so inform. mr. alexander: i intend to take

Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: seven. mr. president, when i was first elected to the senate in 2002, i recognized the so-called maiden speech tradition and i came here expecting to talk about united states history, but i was so

Lamar Alexander

0:12:07 to 0:12:24( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: disappointed by the debate that i found going in february of 2003, about the president's appointment of miguel estrada to the supreme court that i spoke for a long time one night about the unfairness

Lamar Alexander

0:12:24 to 0:12:37( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: that i felt about that. i felt that he was a superbly qualified individual and that a case was being manufactured against him to try to prevent an up and -and-down vote. then along came the nomination

Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: of judge charles pickering of mississippi, who in the 1950's and 1960's, while others were making speeches about civil rights, was living it out in the middle of mississippi testifying against what

Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: was described by may i inquire as to how much time is left --described by "time" -- let me get this right, one of the lead leading racists in mississippi and putting children into segregated schools.

Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: there was a manufactured case against him. the senate came to its senses shortly thereafter and began to get a procedure where judges could get an an up-or down vote which brings me to judge leslie

Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: southwick of mississippi, whom the president has nominated to serve in the fifth circuit, the same position for which judge pickering was nominated. yet despite his excellent qualifications,

Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: his nomination has not been reported to the floor by the judiciary committee for a fair up-or-down vote. and it seems that judge southwick may be the first target in a new round of character assassination

Lamar Alexander

0:13:54 to 0:14:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: by some in this body. that seat's been vacant for six years. this is one of the most important courts in america. i was a law clerk on that court, actually a messenger on that court, treated as a

Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: law clerk by the distinguished law judge of john mine er wisdom, who judge brown preside ed over the segregated south. so i value that quort court and know the court and the quality of judges that

Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: have been there. mr. southwick has that quality. 11 years of service as a mississippi state appellate court judge, military service in iraq, a decade of experience as adjunct law professor at mississippi

Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: college of law, service as a senior justice department official, more than 20 years in private practice in jackson, unanimously well qualified by the american bar association, honored by the mississippi

Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: state bar with its judicial excellence award. what is it about the democrats and mississippi judges? this is an enormously well qualified man, a judge from mississippi, and the democrats apparently because

Lamar Alexander

0:14:58 to 0:15:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: he's from mississippi don't want to give him a fair up-or-down vote. that's totally unfair, and it's beneath the dignity of this body body, and i object to it strenuously.~ this has been labeled a judicial

Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: emergency by the nonpartisan administrative ousts office of the courts. now, what is the manufactured case? the case that's been made against him, if a student were to send it into any accredited

Lamar Alexander

0:15:21 to 0:15:32( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: law school, the paper would be sent back with an "f" and the student would be able -- would be told to prepare better. first, it is said that he participate ed in an opinion that he didn't even write,

Lamar Alexander

0:15:32 to 0:15:46( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: which put the first amendment ahead of a racial slur. that's always -- that's always a difficult decision to makers but the mississippi supreme court affirmed it and said it was the correct decision,

Lamar Alexander

0:15:46 to 0:15:59( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and judge southwick said -- he reiterated his disdain for racial slurs. he said, "the racial slur in question is also offensive and highly derogatory." he didn't even write the opinion opinion, yet

Lamar Alexander

0:15:59 to 0:16:11( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: for some reason that's thought to be inappropriate. then it said that he joined in a case that used the words "homosexual lifestyle case." he didn't write the opinion. that phrase "homosexual

Lamar Alexander

0:16:11 to 0:16:23( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: lifestyle" may not be preferred by some but the a very commonly used in american legal opinions, by the united states supreme court, for example, in lawrence vs. texas strike ing down the texas

Lamar Alexander

0:16:23 to 0:16:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: ban on sod me, by president bill clinton when he a announce ed his "don't ask, don't tell" policy. that's the manufactured case. so i would ask my colleagues, mr. president, to remember the difficulties

Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: we had in 2003 and 2004 when the senate didn't look at its best. when it was manufacturing cases against otherwise well-qualified and distinguished men and women who'd been hospitalled to the court.

Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: and i would hope that the judicial judiciary committee will bring judge less leslie southwick's name forward to the full senate so we can have an up-or-down vote. he deserves that. the senate deserves

Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: to respect its traditions on that and the american people deserve to be able to be erve served by a man of such quality. i thank the president. i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the

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Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: presiding officer: the senator from georgia is recognize ed. mr. isakson: i thank you very much, mr. president. mr. president, there have been some in the leadership of the majority just a few months

Johnny Isakson

0:17:28 to 0:17:43( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: ago who declared that the war in iraq was lost. there have been others that have been invested in two significant debates that we have had over withdrawing precipitously without any consideration

Johnny Isakson

0:17:28 to 0:23:17( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Johnny Isakson

Johnny Isakson

0:17:43 to 0:18:06( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: for the consequences. i have steadfastly supported our effort in the global war on terror, and in particular our effort in particular. cautious to understand we've had difficulties and we've made mistakes.

Johnny Isakson

0:18:06 to 0:18:21( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: but today i rise to ask those who have in the past declared defeat or withdrawal to consider the alternative should america win. yesterday in the "new york times" kenneth pollock and michael o'hon o'hasn't

Johnny Isakson

0:18:21 to 0:18:36( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: o'hanlon wrote an article that said we just might win. "the christian science monitor" declares a precipitous decline in the number of deaths of u.s. soldiers and casualty ies and a tremendous decrease

Johnny Isakson

0:18:36 to 0:18:49( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: in i.e.d.'s. the people in every hamlet and town in iraq turned out in the streets and they celebrated the victory of the iraqi soccer team in the asian soccer games. so we must ask our question,

Johnny Isakson

0:18:49 to 0:19:00( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: what do we do -- what do we say if ifact the tide is turned and we are winning? well, i think there may be some that try and describe what vick victory is and for that purpose i'd like to describe and

Johnny Isakson

0:19:00 to 0:19:14( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: remind everybody of what we have already declared victory would be. when president bush asked all of us and i supported going into baghdad a iraq to enforce resolution 1441 of the united nations

Johnny Isakson

0:19:14 to 0:19:27( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: with 29 other partners, we declared three goals. one, to find the weapons of mass destruction and to depose saddam hussein. second, to allow the iraqi people to hold free elections and write a constitution.

Johnny Isakson

0:19:27 to 0:19:40( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: and, fourth, to train the iraqi military so it was capable of defending the people of iraq. goal one, hurricane is hussein is gone gone, tried by his people and gone from this planet. no smoking gun was

Johnny Isakson

0:19:40 to 0:19:53( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: found but all the spoken components were. scud missiles buried in the sand sand, elements of gas in the euphrates river. some of the biological laboratories we thought were there were found and

Johnny Isakson

0:19:53 to 0:20:06( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: thousands of bodies found in a mass siive grave. second, the iraqis held election elections and now meet in a parliamentary form of government governnt. their progress may not be everything they like

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