War on Terror

The War on Terror is being fought on several fronts. Our troops are bravely working to defeat terror operatives in Iraq and complete the coalition mission to stabilize the region. At the same time, our country is working to prevent nuclear proliferation in rogue nations in other regions of the world. We must continue to aggressively fight terrorism and future threats through a practical combination of diplomatic, economic, intelligence, and military force solutions. In this effort, it is important that we provide the resources to strengthen homeland security, and adequately equip our armed services.

I believe we must continue to take the fight to the enemies abroad so they never attack us again at home. Iraq is now the central front of the war on terror not because we say so but because the terrorists have chosen so. The coalition successfully completed the initial military objective in Iraq, swiftly removing Saddam Hussein and his brutal Ba’athist regime from power and bringing them to justice. Our temporary presence in Iraq has drawn insurgents from all over the region, making Iraq a haven for Al-Qaeda. We must now do all we can to defeat the insurgency, stabilize Iraq, and support its promising new government.

There are many points of progress in this mission. Since the removal of Saddam Hussein, coalition forces have captured or killed thousands of Al-Qaeda operatives. Iraq continues to experience a steady transition into a united, free, and sovereign nation. In the past two years, Iraqi citizens have exercised their right to vote for the first time in generations; passing a constitution and electing a prime minister. It is especially encouraging to observe the increased participation of women and Iraq’s Sunni minority in the new Unity Government. At the same time, Iraq continues to cultivate accompanying democratic institutions – namely political parties, a free press, and a market-based economy – that will help to secure a civil society.

Other Legislation Supported:

Supported House Resolution 861 expressing the sense of Congress that it is not in our national interest to arbitrarily set a date for withdrawal in Iraq until the coalition mission is complete.
• Supported the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998, in which, with the support of the Clinton administration, the government determined that Saddam was responsible for atrocities against humanity and declared it the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove Saddam from power. (P.L. 105-338).
• Voted for the use of force against Iraq for the liberation of its people who are currently working towards the development of a stable republic where turn out for the elections for the permanent government in December was about 70%. (P.L. 107-243)
• Voted for multiple war-time supplemental spending bills to aid the troops in the field. (P.L. 108-11; 108-106; 109-148)