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Blackburn: President Should Talk About Successes, Struggles in Iraq, Afghanistan

Location: Washington, DC

June 28, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC - Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN-7th District) issued the following statement today:

"Contrary to what some would tell the American people, Iraq is not a quagmire, Guantanamo Bay is not a gulag, and our soldiers are not Nazi-like. We're at war, our military is performing spectacularly, and America should be proud and thankful for what we've been able to achieve since September 11th. We've watched liberal leaders in Congress trample the truth about President Bush's aggressive war on terrorism to score political points. Their behavior does nothing to help win this war. I hope the President tells America exactly where we are at this point in our struggle against the global terrorist network. I believe we've got terrorist organizations on the run like never before. They've never been so aggressively pursued, and the President deserves a great deal of credit for leading this effort. The American people want this plague of terrorism hunted down and eliminated, not appeased or contained. There's no doubt that we've experience both successes and setbacks, but the goal we're reaching for is worth the struggle. The bloodshed breaks our hearts, but it also reminds us that losing this war is not an option. May God bless our troops and their families."

Blackburn has spent time in both Iraq and Afghanistan reviewing American progress in the war on terrorism. In addition, she recently returned from the U.S. Naval Facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where America detains and questions enemy combatants who have participated in or helped plan attacks against the nation.

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