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Senate Proceeding on Sep 20th, 2007 :: 4:43:25 to 4:49:24
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Robert Menendez

4:32:23 to 4:43:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Robert Menendez

Robert Menendez

4:43:16 to 4:43:25( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Menendez: course in iraq by supporting senator feingold's amendment. and i yield the floor, mr. president. mr. feingold: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from wisconsin. mr. feingold: well,

Lindsey Graham

4:43:25 to 4:43:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: i thank the senator from new jersey for his cosponsorship of our amendment and for his powerful statement on behalf of our amendment and recognizing the reality of what is happening in iraq and our

Lindsey Graham

4:43:25 to 4:49:24( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

4:43:36 to 4:44:16( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: need to change course. mr. president, how much time do we have remaining on o our side of the amendment? the presiding officer: 32 minutes. mr. feingold: mr. president, i reserve the balance of my time and

Lindsey Graham

4:44:20 to 4:44:30( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: i suggest the absence of af quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from south carolina. mr. graham: i'd ask consent to be recognized

Lindsey Graham

4:44:30 to 4:44:37( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: for five minutes in opposition to the feingold amendment. the presiding officer: a quorum call is in process. mr. graham: ask that it be terminated. 16r without objection. mr. graham: and if you could,

Lindsey Graham

4:44:37 to 4:44:48( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: ask to be recognized for five minutes to speak in opposition to the feingold amendment. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. graham: as to the author of the amendment, no one should ever

Lindsey Graham

4:44:48 to 4:45:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: question his motive, a his patriotism. he has been a firm -- his motivation, his patriotism. he has been a firm believer that we should be out of iraq as soon as possible. senator feingold believes

Lindsey Graham

4:45:02 to 4:45:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: that our continued presence in iraq is creating more terrorism than than -- than -- in terms of solving the problem is creating the problem in a larger sense. i personally disagree. the reason al

Lindsey Graham

4:45:13 to 4:45:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: qaeda went to iraq is not because we're in iraq. they went to iraq because what the iraqi people are trying to do. we're all over the world. they haven't followed us to every country we've been in.

Lindsey Graham

4:45:26 to 4:45:37( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: they've decided to make iraq a central battlefront in their war against moderation because they fear a successful outcome among the iraqis. the biggest fear of an al qaeda member is that a group

Lindsey Graham

4:45:37 to 4:45:52( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: of muslims will get together and be tolerant of each other's differences when it comes to religion and elevate the role of a woman so she can have a say about her children. that's what al qaeda -- that's

Lindsey Graham

4:45:52 to 4:46:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: why al qaeda's in iraq. and the military surge has produced results beyond my expectation. the old strategy clearly was going nowhere. after about my third visit to iraq after the fall of baghdad, i

Lindsey Graham

4:46:02 to 4:46:15( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: had lost faith in the old strategy and those who were proposing that it was working. this new general has come up with a new idea. this is not more of the same with more people. you're getting out

Lindsey Graham

4:46:15 to 4:46:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: behind walls, you're getting out into the community. we're living with the iraqi army and police force. very good gains in terms of operational capabilities of the iraqi army, the police, or we're

Lindsey Graham

4:46:25 to 4:46:39( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: really going to have to start all over with the police. but the surge has allowed a real diminishment of the al qaeda footprint in anbar province. and any time sunni arabs turn on al qaeda anywhere

Lindsey Graham

4:46:39 to 4:46:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: in the world, that's good news.| so the surge has provided us a level of security not known before. it's been al qaeda's worst nightmare. there's still a long way to go. and senator feingold's amendment

Lindsey Graham

4:46:51 to 4:47:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: would basically bring the surge to a halt. it would withdraw troops in a very rapid pace, would be out of iraq by june of next year. and my big fear is instead of reenforcing reconciliation, it would

Lindsey Graham

4:47:02 to 4:47:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: freeze every effort to reconcile and people would start making political decisions based on what happens to their country when there is no security. the american mistake of the ages was letting iraq get

Lindsey Graham

4:47:13 to 4:47:24( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: out of control, not having enough troops. we paid heavily for that mistake. now we've got it turned around militarily, politically. they are not where they need to be in terms of the iraqis. but the

Lindsey Graham

4:47:24 to 4:47:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: best way, i believe, to get political reconciliation to happen in baghdad is to make sure that those who are trying to reconcile their country families are not killed. so the better security you can

Lindsey Graham

4:47:36 to 4:47:49( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: provide, the more likely the reconciliation. and one thing is for sure, more troops has helped embolden the iraqi people in terms of extremists. they're taking on extremists after the surge better

Lindsey Graham

4:47:49 to 4:48:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: than they've ever done before the surge. and i think this confidence given to the iraqi people by a surge of military support has paid dividends. we need political, economic and military support to continue

Lindsey Graham

4:48:00 to 4:48:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: not just because of iraq but because of our own national interest. if i thought it was just about who ran iraq, i'd be willing to leave. it's not about who controls iraq. it's about whether or not this

Lindsey Graham

4:48:12 to 4:48:24( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: stable -- we can create a stable, functioning government in iraq that would contain iran and deny al qaeda a safe haven. if it was just about sectarian differences and a power struggle for iraq it

Lindsey Graham

4:48:24 to 4:48:34( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: would be a different dynamic. to me, iran is ready to fill a vacuum. if we have a failed state, mr. president, that he have a military -- that is a military, political and economic problem far worse

Lindsey Graham

4:48:34 to 4:48:47( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: than the ones we're dealing with now. a failed state is a state that breaks apart, people stop trying to work with each other and regional players come in and take sides. a dysfunctional is what

Lindsey Graham

4:48:47 to 4:48:59( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: we have in iraq, probably what we have here. a disfunk is shupbl government has hope -- dysfunctional government has hope of getting better. the way of going from a dysfunctional status to a secure,

Lindsey Graham

4:48:59 to 4:49:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: stable status, i think is to provide security. i want this dysfunctional government to act sooner rather than later just like you do. the best way i think to make sure that happens is to make sure that

Lindsey Graham

4:49:13 to 4:49:24( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the politicians involved understand we have a commitment to their cause that would embolden them. and the feingold amendment, no matter how well-intentioned, will reenergize the enemy and make it harder

Susan Collins

4:49:24 to 4:49:34( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: to reconcile iraq. that is why i urge a "no" vote. i yield back. the presiding officer: who yields time? ms. stabenow: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from maine -- ms. collins: mr.

Susan Collins

4:49:24 to 4:54:54( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Susan Collins

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