America's enemies oppose democracy. The establishment of self-governing nations which honor the principles of freedom and individual liberties regardless of race, religion or gender remains a powerful weapon against extremist ideologies.
We must deny terrorists safe haven, and equally as important, give the Iraqi people the freedom and ability to govern themselves and rebuild their country. My support for our efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world is based on the long-term best interests of the United States.
I support our troops and their mission. In the last year, I have voted more than 40 times in support of our men and women in uniform and their mission, and to give our military leaders the support needed to get the job done.
I am concerned about the economic cost and - of course - the tragic loss of life as a result of our engagement in the War on Terrorism. But the cost of doing nothing would be even higher for our country. Following through on our commitment to Iraq and Afghanistan is one of the most important investments we will make to secure the blessings of liberty for our children and grandchildren.