Status of the War and Political Developments in Iraq, Joint Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, Meeting Jointly With Committee on Foreign Affairs [Serial No. 110-150], One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, September 10, 2007 [open pdf - 8MB]
From the opening statement of Ike Skelton: "Today it is a critical moment. This Congress and the Nation are divided on the pace with which the United States should turn over responsibility to the Iraqis, but every Member here desires that we complete our military involvement in Iraq in a way that best preserves the national security of our country. I think it is where we must begin by considering the overall security of this Nation. It is our responsibility here in Congress under the Constitution to ensure that the United States military can deter and, if needed, prevail anywhere our interests are threatened. Iraq is an important piece of that overall equation, but it is only a piece. There are very real trade-offs when we send 160,000 of our men and women in uniform to Iraq. Those troops in Iraq are not available for other missions. They are not available to go into Afghanistan to pursue Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders who ordered an attack on us one day short of six years ago. These troops and their depleted equipment are also not easily available to respond to a new conflict that might emerge." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Duncan Hunter, Tom Lantos, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ike Skelton, Gresham J. Barrett, Gus M. Bilirakis, Russ Carnahan, Ryan Crocker, Gene Green, Sheila Jackson Lee, and David H. Poe.
H.A.S.C. No. 110-89; House Armed Services Committee No. 110-89; Serial No. 110-150
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