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Hoyer: ‘Most unsuccessful … administration’
We are losing people on a regular basis. Why? Because of this administration’s and [former Defense] Secretary [Donald H.] Rumsfeld’s extraordinarily ineffective policies, not because of the courage of our military that’s been outstanding, or the quality of our people. We sent probably one-fourth the number of people, and we expected them to accomplish a much broader objective than the 550,000 people we sent to simply kick [Saddam] Hussein's army out [of Iraq] … We’re going to be vigorously fighting for change in policy …
If the president vetoes it, we’ll send him more legislation which tries to effect [and] mandates change in policy.
Mr. Dolan: Has the administration given you any indication [it] would negotiate with you on this at all?
Mr. Hoyer: There’s been an articulation of a willingness to work with us; there’s been no action consistent with that representation [laughs].
Mr. Hoyer: … Obviously border security is important. Securing the oil production and distribution facilities is important, keeping the Kurdish area safe from incursion … There are all sorts of things that we think need to be put into this plan. What we did in the supplemental and what we’re doing now is to give the administration sufficient time to adopt a responsible plan …
I’m appalled when the military wanted to plan for contingencies for a longer-term stay in Iraq and … Rumsfeld’s theory was that flowers were going to be strewn in the street, that palm leaves were going to be waved, that everything would be sweetness and light.
Mr. Hoyer: I don’t want to talk in terms of 10 or 20 years, a Korea-like presence. This is not like Korea. … We had a long-term presence in Europe that was peaceful … the overwhelming majority of people wanted us to be there. That is not the case in Iraq, and I don’t foresee that. … The United Nations needs to take a much greater role. … the neighboring states need to play a much greater role.
By Bob Dole
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