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Congressman Rohrabacher Declares that America Will Prevail in the Global War on Terror

Jun 16, 2006
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Washington, Jun 16, 2006 -

Today Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) voted for H.Res. 861, a resolution declaring that “the United States will prevail in the Global War on Terror.” The House spent ten hours debating the measure, which comes on the heels of two successes in the war on terror – the formation of a full Iraqi government and the death of al-Qaeda’s principal leader in Iraq, Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi.

Rep. Rohrabacher gave the following statement on the floor of the House in support of the resolution:

“It is good that the American people are able to hear this debate and judge for themselves who should be making the policies and which policies are best for our country.

“I have been through this before. I worked in the White House with Ronald Reagan for 7 years, and I heard some of the same shrill voices that we hear today in those days. I heard the same gutting of the President of the United States for political purposes, but also for idealistic reasons during those days. I heard Ronald Reagan called a warmonger. I heard all of the charges that we hear today aimed at our President aimed at Ronald Reagan, and by some of the same people, I might add.

“We have voices who are idealistically opposed to war and are in fact affected in their heart, perhaps more than others, when war does come, as it comes to all free people because without strength of purpose and willingness to fight there will be no freedom in this world. But when we fought communism, President Reagan stood firm when the shrill voices of defeatism and retreat attacked him personally and attacked our effort and tried to undermine that effort in the same way our effort today is being undermined by nitpicking, backbiting, and defeatism. Yet, he stood firm and, guess what? The world was amazed when the evil of communism collapsed.

“Well, today we are in a war with radical Islam, which is every bit as much a threat and hates Western democracy every bit as much as the Communists did. We have made a stand in Iraq, and I would hope that people understand that had Ronald Reagan backed down, we would still be in the middle of the Cold War. And if we back down today, as is being advocated, what I consider to be a cowardly retreat, it will have consequences. It will not end the war.”