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Senate Proceeding on Aug 1st, 2007 :: 0:31:05 to 0:42:15
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Christopher S. Bond

0:23:17 to 0:31:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Christopher S. Bond

Christopher S. Bond

0:30:47 to 0:31:05( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: speech be included in the record as if read. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. the senator from south carolina is recognized. mr. graham: i ask unanimous consent to be recognized

Lindsey Graham

0:31:05 to 0:31:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: for seven minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. graham: to my good friend from missouri, that was a well- well-done presentation. i know how important this topic is to him because

Lindsey Graham

0:31:05 to 0:42:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

0:31:26 to 0:31:46( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: of his family family's commitment to our military. and he, like many other people in this country, have a definite definitely vested interest in the outcome in iraq in terms of family members. the

Lindsey Graham

0:31:46 to 0:31:55( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: point i'd like to build on in this theme today is i passionately believe the outcome in iraq will not be a neutral event in terms of the overall war on terror, that success in iraq will not be confined

Lindsey Graham

0:31:55 to 0:32:05( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: to iraq in terms of winning the war on terror and a defeat in iraq certainly will not be confined to iraq. it will spill over, empower extreme ists in the region and throughout the world. and the reason

Lindsey Graham

0:32:05 to 0:32:15( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: i say that is that who is the enemy in iraq? is this really a civil war? certainly, there are aspects of sectarian violence, people trying to seize political power through militia groups and the use

Lindsey Graham

0:32:15 to 0:32:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: of violence, trying to destroy this democracy and win the day to control iraq, shia and sunni groups trying to do that. the vast majority of iraqis want to go a different way. they want to live

Lindsey Graham

0:32:25 to 0:32:34( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: together and try to find some way to reconcile their past differences and not resort to the use of the gun. i do believe that there's some hope that this will happen, not just blind hope, but realistic

Lindsey Graham

0:32:34 to 0:32:55( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: progress in iraq that can be -- can be seen if you're willing to look. the challenges are real. the iraqi iraqi central government has failed on many fronts to reconcile the country political politically,

Lindsey Graham

0:32:55 to 0:33:05( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: but as my colleagues have indicate ed, the surge, the additional combat power that started in february that's been in place now for about three or four weeks, has made a dramatic difference in certain

Lindsey Graham

0:33:05 to 0:33:20( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: parts of iraq. mr. o'happen lynn and mr. poll -- mr. o'hanlin and mr. pollack's article have been part of the critics' argument of the war. let me say i appreciate your willingness to come back and

Lindsey Graham

0:33:20 to 0:33:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: report progress, but i also understand what you're telling us in your article that we're a long way from having it right in iraq and there are many challenges left. the political front has been

Lindsey Graham

0:33:36 to 0:33:48( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: stag stagnant, the military front has moofd forward in -- moved forward in a very substantial way. i think the biggest news from the surge for me is not so much we've moved al qaeda out of ann

Lindsey Graham

0:33:48 to 0:33:59( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: an bar, but the people of anbar rejected the al qaeda, and the ability to make that choice was provided by the combat power offered by the surge. an offensive strategy is now in place and it has replaced

Lindsey Graham

0:33:59 to 0:34:10( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: a defensive strategy, the old strategy of training the iraqi police and military and fighting behind walls simply wasn't work working, and the the new strategy of going out into the communities, living

Lindsey Graham

0:34:10 to 0:34:29( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: with the iraqi police and the army is paying dividends. anbar truly has changed in a phenomenal way. as senator bond said, you can go to ramadi now, someplace you couldn't go just a few months ago.

Lindsey Graham

0:34:29 to 0:34:44( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: and again, the iraqi- sunni residents of anbar taste ed al qaeda's lifestyle, had an experience in terms of what al qaeda would impose upon their families, and said no thank you, and along comes american

Lindsey Graham

0:34:44 to 0:34:54( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: forces to help them reenforce that choice. the biggest news in anbar to me is that 12,000 people have joined the police force, the local police force in 2007 where we only had 1,000 in 2006. so that means

Lindsey Graham

0:34:54 to 0:35:04( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: when we do leave, and it is all of our goal to withdraw from iraq, but my goal is to withdraw with honor and security. honor means that you leave the country without those who helped you fight al

Lindsey Graham

0:35:04 to 0:35:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: qaeda and other extreme ists getting slaughtered. i don't think we could leave that country with much honor if we left in a way to allow those who bravely stepped out and embraced moderation to

Lindsey Graham

0:35:19 to 0:35:33( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: be killed by the extreme ists. from a security perspective, it's important that we leave iraq in a stable situation and the problems there do not spill over to the other parts of the region and the

Lindsey Graham

0:35:33 to 0:35:47( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: world at large. now, who are we fighting? there are sectarian conflicts. there are power struggles to re regain control of iraq. that's part of the enemy. al qaeda is part of the enemy, and al qaeda is really

Lindsey Graham

0:35:47 to 0:35:59( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: not limited to controlling iraq. it's not their goal to take over central baghdad and run iraq. their goal, in my opinion, is to come into iraq and make sure this attempt at moderation and democracy

Lindsey Graham

0:35:59 to 0:36:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: fails. is there a connection between al qaeda and iraq and bin laden and his organization? about a week ago, president bush came to charleston, south carolina, and spoke at charleston air force base and made

Lindsey Graham

0:36:13 to 0:36:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: a very logical, reasoned case that there is a deep connection between al qaeda in iraq and the bin laden infrastructure. and to those who say that al qaeda in iraq is really a separate organization

Lindsey Graham

0:36:25 to 0:36:40( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: with a separate agenda, i think you're not understanding who are the major players -- who the major players are and what their agenda includes. number one, their agenda is to defeat us in iraq and drive

Lindsey Graham

0:36:40 to 0:36:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: america out and be able to claim to the rest of the world that they beat us. if you don't believe me, just ask bin laden or look at what bin laden's said. bin laden proclaimed that the third world

Lindsey Graham

0:36:53 to 0:37:08( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: war is rage ing in iraq. osama bin laden says the war is for you, or for us to win. if we win it, it means your defeat and your disgrace forever forever. well, i think he understands the consequences of

Lindsey Graham

0:37:08 to 0:37:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: a victory by cleald alqaeda. he also understands the consequences of a defeat by america. the question i have: do we have understand that? do we understand what would happen to this country and all

Lindsey Graham

0:37:19 to 0:37:30( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: forces of moderation in the mideast mideast and throughout the world if it were perceived that al qaeda in iraq were was able to drive the united states out of that country and leave it to the will wills

Lindsey Graham

0:37:30 to 0:37:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: of terrorism. now, who is al qaeda in iraq? the founder of al qaeda in iraq was not an iraqi. he was a jordannian, al-zarqawi. he was a jordannian terrorist. before 9/11, he ran a terrorist camp in

Lindsey Graham

0:37:43 to 0:37:55( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: afghanistan. after joining up with bin laden, he left afghanistan after the fall of the taliban and he went to iraq. zarqawi and his terrorist group formally joined bin laden, pledge ing allegiance

Lindsey Graham

0:37:55 to 0:38:11( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: to osama bin laden and he promise ed to follow his orders in jihad. soon after bin laden publicly declared that zarqawi was the prince of al qaeda in iraq and instructed the terrorists in iraq to listen

Lindsey Graham

0:38:11 to 0:38:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: to him and obey him. now, to me, that's a pretty serious connection. beyond zarqawi, who was from jordan, bin laden sent in an egyptian who was a member of the al qaeda international infrastructure to

Lindsey Graham

0:38:25 to 0:38:38( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: provide support to zarqawi and leadership. the president gave a laundry list of international terrorists tied to bin laden who migrated to iraq to build up al qaeda in iraq. they had the same agenda.

Lindsey Graham

0:38:38 to 0:38:49( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the agenda is to defeat moderation where you find it, to try to control as much of the mideast as possible, and their agenda doesn't just include iraq iraq, the gulf states are next, and after that,

Lindsey Graham

0:38:49 to 0:38:59( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: israel, and always us. now, that's not what i'm saying, that's what they say. so i think the president made a very persuasive case that the infrastructure of al qaeda in iraq is very much tied to the

Lindsey Graham

0:38:59 to 0:39:10( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: bin lade organization. and if you don't believe that, let's come down and have a debate about it. who else is our enemy in iraq? iran. this body passed unanimously a resolution authored by senator

Lindsey Graham

0:39:10 to 0:39:27( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: lieberman during the defense authorization debate. and part of that resolution was a laundry list of activity by iran, particularly the kudz force, part of the revolution revolutionary guard, trying

Lindsey Graham

0:39:27 to 0:39:41( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: to destabilize iraq and thwart attempts to build a democracy in iraq. in 2007, the united states held a meeting in baghdad at which its representative state ed at least 150 members of the united states

Lindsey Graham

0:39:41 to 0:39:55( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: armed forces have been killed and at least 620 wounded by weapons tied to iran. this resolution that we passed was a damning indictment of iran iran's involvement in iraq about training, providing funds,

Lindsey Graham

0:39:55 to 0:40:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: providing weaponry, bringing hezbollah agents from lebanon into iraq to try to assist extreme ist groups whose goal it is is to kill americans and to destabilize this effort of democracy. now,

Lindsey Graham

0:40:09 to 0:40:21( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: why does al qaeda come to iraq? i said before the biggest nightmare is a moderate form of government where sunnis and she cras and kurds -- shias and kurds and all different groups could live together

Lindsey Graham

0:40:21 to 0:40:33( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: and accept their differences where a woman could have a say about her children, having a chance to run for office and vote, having a strong society, that's their worst nightmare. whether we should

Lindsey Graham

0:40:33 to 0:40:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: have gone to iraq or not is a historical debate. we made plenty of mistakes after the fall of baghdad, but the big biggest mistake would be not to recognize that iraq is part of a global struggle,

Lindsey Graham

0:40:43 to 0:40:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: that there are sectarian conflicts going on in iraq. i acknowledge that. there's been a major failure of political reconciliation. i acknowledge that. the old strategy was not working working. i

Lindsey Graham

0:40:51 to 0:41:04( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: acknowledge ed that two or three years ago. the new strategy is providing dividends in terms of defeating al qaeda in iraq, the iraqi people who lived in the sunni areas have turned against al

Lindsey Graham

0:41:04 to 0:41:16( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: qaeda in iraq, that's indeed good news, and political reconciliation is occurring at the local provincial level. i hope it works its way up. another aspect of iraq to me that's undeniable -- i understand

Lindsey Graham

0:41:16 to 0:41:27( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the challenges, i think i see the successes for what they are -- is that the iranian's government in iraq is major, it's substantial, it's designed to break our will, their efforts include killing --

Lindsey Graham

0:41:27 to 0:41:40( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: killing our troops and they're there to make sure this experiment in democracy fails because iran's worst nightmare is to have a functioning democracy on their border. so this is part of a global struggle.

Lindsey Graham

0:41:40 to 0:41:52( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the outcome will create momentum one way or the other. i hope the outcome will be success for moderation and defeat of extreme ism. i yield the floor. the presiding officer: all time has expired.

Lindsey Graham

0:41:52 to 0:42:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: morning business is closed. under the previous order, the senate will resume consideration of h.r. 976, which the clerk will report. the clerk: calendar number 58, h.r. 976, an act to amend the internal

Lindsey Graham

0:42:02 to 0:42:15( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: revenue code of 1986 to provide tax relief for small businesses and for other purposes. the presiding officer: under the previous order, there are now 30 minutes of debate equally divided prior

John Ensign

0:42:15 to 0:42:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: to a vote in relation to amendment number 2538. who yields time? a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from nevada is recognized. mr. ensign: mr. president, the bill before

John Ensign

0:42:15 to 0:48:17( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Ensign

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