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We Have to Be Prepared

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. BURTON of Indiana. Mr. Speaker, we had an attack in Cairo on our Embassy yesterday, and we had an attack in Benghazi, and we lost the Ambassador there. He was killed along with three other people.

I've been on the Foreign Affairs Committee now for about 30 years, and I've never seen anything like what we've seen in the northern tier of Africa. All the way across the northern tier, we've seen the spring that they're talking about, and how things are changing and how democracy is coming.

The fact of the matter is Iran is taking advantage of what's going on over there by sending intermediaries into all those countries to undermine them. I was just in the Persian Gulf recently, and there is absolutely no question that Iran is doing everything they can to undermine all those governments over there.

When you look at what happened in Egypt with the Muslim Brotherhood taking over, we in this country ought to be very much aware that this is not the end of it. It's not going to go away. The administration or the new President, whoever it is that takes office in January, they're going to have to have a very strong foreign policy because we still get about 35 percent of our energy from that region.

This is not going to end right now. It's going to go on. We have to be prepared.

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