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Senate Proceeding on Sep 16th, 2009 :: 8:53:15 to 8:55:20
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Lindsey Graham

8:53:12 to 8:53:33( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: sense of urgency that the conflict in afgha mr. graham: well, the one thing i can tell you is that admiral mullin is going to be reappointed probably with every person in this body voting for him because he's gained our trust. and it speaks well of the president that he would renominate him. so he's obviously gained the president's trust.

Lindsey Graham

8:53:15 to 8:55:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

8:53:34 to 8:53:54( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: i'm not a military commander, but you don't have to be much of a military expert to understand his testimony. his testimony was pretty clear. we've lost momentum. the taliban are reemerging stronger than ever. and the capability of the coalition forces and the afghan army and security forces

Lindsey Graham

8:53:55 to 8:54:16( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: combined cannot reverse the momentum. something new has to happen. and when we put on the table training the afghan army without additional combat power, how long would it take before they could have enough numbers to change things, two or three years, what would happen that traing period? it would deteriorate further. what did he tell you?

Lindsey Graham

8:54:17 to 8:54:37( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the pathway forward is that we've got a new strategy. it needs to be properly resourced. and i think what he was telling us more than anything else, senator mccain, is that time is not on our side. casualties in july and august are aan all-time high. you have 68,000 people wearing our uniform in afghanistan who are getting killed in larger

Lindsey Graham

8:54:38 to 8:55:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: numbers than ever and the dynamic on the ground will not change the momentum. to do nothing puts them in an environment where they're going to continue to get killed in higher numbers and what admiral mullin is telling us, and i hope the president will listen, is that time is not on our side, but more importantly, it's not on their side. and this decision about troops,

Lindsey Graham

8:55:01 to 8:55:21( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: to me, is pretty easy. we need more, but troops alone won't fiction afghanistan. but without -- won't fix afghanistan. but without troops, in a hurry, with a sense of urgency, we're going to let the taliban get stronger, the afghan people will get weaker in their resolve and more americans are going to die than if you had more troops. that's what i got out of the

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