Voices From The House Floor
Debate Sets Stage for Vote Expected Friday

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

"In order to succeed in Iraq, there must be diplomatic and political initiatives. There has been no sustained and effective effort to engage Iraq's neighbors diplomatically, and there has been no sustained and effective effort to engage Iraqi factions politically. . . . President Bush's escalation proposal will not make America safer, will not make our military stronger and will not make the region more stable. And it will not have my support."

Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio)

"War is never easy and almost never goes according to plan. Al-Qaeda and their supporters in the region have been steadfast. . . . But because they cannot defeat Americans on the battlefield, al-Qaeda and terrorist sympathizers around the world are trying to divide us here at home. Over the next few days we have an opportunity to show our enemies that we will not take the bait."

Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee

"We are here to say [the Iraq policy is] not a good idea. The series of irretrievable mistakes is a serious list: the skewed intelligence; . . . the postwar phase of conflict that did not have sufficient planning; . . . allowing the uncontrolled looting and the breakdown of law early on after the occupation began; the dismissal of the Iraqi army; . . . the de-Baathification that put so many thousands of people . . . out of work. . . . The administration has consistently refused to adjust its overall strategy."

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), ranking GOP member of Armed Services

"This resolution by the Democrat leadership sends a message to three parties: America's enemies, America's friends and America's troops. And I think it's going to be received by friend and foe alike as the first sound of retreat in the world battle against extremists and terrorists. . . . It's the wrong message, because this nation has been for the last 60 years involved in spreading freedom."

Rep. Patrick J. Murphy (D-Pa.), Iraq veteran

I rise to give a voice to the . . . veterans across the globe who are deeply troubled by the president's plan to escalate the number of American troops in Iraq. I served in Baghdad from June of 2003 to January of 2004. I saw firsthand this administration's failed policies in Iraq. . . . The time for more troops was four years ago, but this president ignored the military experts. . . . Now . . . our president is ignoring military leaders again. . . . The president's plan to send more of our best and bravest to die refereeing a civil war in Iraq is wrong."

Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.)

"Do any of us really believe that the resolution in front of us today is a serious piece of legislation? Does it properly recognize all of America's military and other national security professionals who defend us day and night? . . . This resolution is all about staying the course. It says, support our troops and don't engage in new tactic. Just keep going down the same path. That's not good enough. There are people who hate us enough to want to kill."

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