SUPPORT FOR THE WAR IN IRAQ -- (House of Representatives - November 03, 2005)
(Mrs. BLACKBURN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
Mrs. BLACKBURN. Madam Speaker, night after night we watch the left come to the floor and beat the drums of retreat on the war on terrorism. They want us out of Iraq, they want us out of the Middle East, and they want us to end our aggressive war on terrorism.
I have to admit in my heart I would like to see the troops home, but my intellect tells me we cannot afford to leave our children a world in which Middle Eastern terrorists have free reign.
I want our troops to know that they have a grateful Nation behind them, regardless of what they may hear from some in this body. I want our Tennessee National Guardsmen, our Fort Campbell families and, as we approach Veterans' Day, all of our Nation's patriotic veterans to know we appreciate their service and their commitment.
As of October 4, 2005, a total of 206,500 Iraqi security forces have been trained and equipped. That is progress, and the American people can be confident that progress is being made.
So do not believe the ranting of the left when they tell you all is lost, that hope is pointless and that we are losing. We are not.