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Senate Proceeding on Sep 16th, 2009 :: 8:56:55 to 8:59:15
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Lindsey Graham

8:56:52 to 8:57:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: mr. graham: the last thought about that -- i think our memories -- the event that we need to rember is even later than 9/11. it's i rember v debate, and i would urge this administration not to do what the last administration did. that's exactly what's going on in afghanistan right now. it's as if we've learned nothing.

Lindsey Graham

8:56:55 to 8:59:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

8:57:15 to 8:57:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: it is clear just as it was in iraq that we did not have enough combat power to secure the country, not enough mentoring programs to accurately train the iraqi army. an only when we strategy of adding moreroops and -- and gave the iraqi people an army -- and army some breathing space, the politicians

Lindsey Graham

8:57:37 to 8:57:57( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: from the violence, did it change. it's exactly the same thing he. but right now we've got a dynamic on the ground that not much different than iraq the first three years after the fall of saddam hussein and it's clear that admiral mullin recognizes that. the new strategy in march is a

Lindsey Graham

8:57:58 to 8:58:18( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: counterinsurgency strategy and, senator i rember is numbers matter. you need enoh troops per population center to affect change. and we don't have the ratios to enact an effective counterinsurgency strategy unless you add more troops and

Lindsey Graham

8:58:19 to 8:58:39( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: that means more than just trainers. so my frustration is that as you said yesterday, we've seen this movie before. we're putting 68,000 troops in harm's way and unless we properly resource them, give them more assistance, more people to help them fight, they're not going to change the battle momentum, and they're going to getilled in the

Lindsey Graham

8:58:40 to 8:59:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: process. there's not enough people to affect the counterinsurgency strategy, just like there wasn't enough in iraq. so have we learned nothing? so let's act. mr. president, we support you to the enth degree to get the combat power and trainers and civilians into afghanistan to turn this place around.

Lindsey Graham

8:59:01 to 8:59:16( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: but the sooner you act, the quicker we can do it and the sooner we can come home and the less lives we'll lose in the long run. that's our message. we respect you. you're the commander in chief. you won the election. but you've got an opportunity here.

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