Never heard of this guy before. He’s the Congressman the other side put up against Murtha in the debate before the “cut’n'run” vote.
â€œI spent 29 years in the Air Force â€“ served in Korea and Vietnamâ€¦ and spent seven years as a POW in Vietnam â€“ more than half of that time in solitary confinement.
â€œI know what itâ€™s like to be far from home â€“ serving your country â€“ risking your life â€“ and hearing that America doesnâ€™t care about youâ€¦ Your Congress doesnâ€™t care about you. Your Congress just cut all funding for your war. Theyâ€™re packing up and going home â€“ and leaving you here.
â€œWhen I was a POW, I was scared to death when our Congress talked about pulling the plug that I would be left there forever.
â€œI know what it does to morale â€“ I know what it does to the mission â€“ and so help me God, I will never, ever let our nation make those mistakes again. Never.
â€œOur men and women in uniform need our full support. They need to know that when theyâ€™re in Iraq driving from Camp Blue Diamond to Camp Victory that the Congress is behind them â€“
to give them the best armored trucks they can drive, the best weapons they can fire, and the best ammunition they can use.
â€œThey need to have full faith that a few nay-sayers in Washington wonâ€™t cut and run â€“ and leave them high and dry. They need to know these things because thatâ€™s mandatory for mission success and troop morale.
â€œAmerica â€“ and the Congress â€“ must stand behind our men and women in uniform because they stand up for us every minute of every day!
â€œAny talk â€“ even so much as a murmur â€“ of leaving nowâ€“ just emboldens the enemy and weakens the resolve of our of troops in the field. Thatâ€™s dangerous! If you donâ€™t believe me â€“ check out Al Jazeera. This story is on the front page. We canâ€™t do that to our fellow Americans over there.
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