Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Speaker, most of us have been respectful on the issue of security, even though some of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle obstruct for reasons that many times we do not discern. But there has been a trend of late of Democrat leaders traveling overseas to deliver speeches bashing America.
This past weekend, former Vice President Al Gore gave a speech in Saudi Arabia declaring that America had committed terrible abuses against Arabs after September 11. He said that Arabs had been indiscriminately rounded up and held in unforgivable conditions.
Mr. Speaker, there are some things that you simply do not do as a former American leader, and one of them is to bash your country on foreign soil. His comments are out of line, incorrect, and further proof of his disconnect with reality. He owes an apology to the countless men and women working around the clock trying to keep this country from experiencing another September 11. Our colleagues across the aisle ought to take him to task for his irresponsibility.