Posted by andreas from dtm2-t8-1.mcbone.net (184.108.40.206) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at 8:31AM :
Punchey Khey, would you please comment ... ?
On item 1 below:
In general and especially with regard to her statement:
“September 11th serves as a painful reminder that there are nations, organizations, and individuals who wish to do us harm SIMPLY BEACUSE WE ARE AMERICANS."
On item 2:
How would you assess Anna's true motivation for opposing the "War Empowerment Bill" [You know what I mean by this wording]
and its relevance to any form of the anti-war movement?
Thanks in advance.
Eshoo Appointed to House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
January 9, 2003
Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA14th) was appointed today by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve on the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
“I’m honored by the trust placed in me and sobered by the serious responsibility of this new assignment.,” said Eshoo. “Especially at this time in America’s history, our nation’s intelligence capability is critical for the American people’s collective security.”
The Committee, which oversees the nation’s intelligence agencies and activities, also authorizes the manufacturing of defense satellites and other intelligence collecting equipment, much of which is designed and built in Silicon Valley.
“September 11th serves as a painful reminder that there are nations, organizations, and individuals who wish to do us harm simply because we are Americans,” Eshoo continued. “I look forward to bringing the collective wisdom of all that Silicon Valley represents to the ongoing effort of making our nation and world more secure.”
The House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee has jurisdiction over intelligence matters, including legislation pertaining to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and all other related departments, the organization or reorganization of government to the extent that it involves intelligence and funding authorizations for the intelligence community. The Committee is comprised of ten Republican and nine Democratic Members of the House of Representatives who can serve up to eight years and they are appointed solely by the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House.
Rep. Eshoo also serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
STATEMENT OF CONGRESSWOMAN ANNA ESHOO
IN OPPOSITION TO H.J.RESOLUTION 114- AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF
MILITARY FORCE AGAINST IRAQ
October 9, 2002
The Congress is now debating the most serious and sobering of issues... whether we go to war -- war against Iraq -- and we do this as we stand on the threshold of a new century.
I believe this debate is as much about voting to declare war, as it is about what kind of country we are and what we want our country to be in the future.
This Resolution of War is an extraordinary and unwise departure from our history of a principled American tradition... that we stand four-square against unprovoked attacks and for a foreign policy of deterrence.
The Bush Doctrine reverses this policy and sets forth that the United States of America has the unrestricted right to attack other nations.
This Resolution trades deterrence for pre-emption.
This Resolution trades multilateralism for unilateralism. This go-it-alone policy has become the imprimatur of this Administration as we’ve witnessed their abrogation of nearly every international treaty they inherited from previous Republican and Democratic Administrations.
This Administration has allowed the underfunding of the Nunn-Lugar law, leaving the tools of terrorists unprotected and up for grabs across the former Soviet Union.
This Administration has withdrawn from the ABM Treaty,
Withdrawn from the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty,
Withdrawn from START II,
Rejected the Biological Weapons Convention and rejected the International Criminal Court.
This Administration makes war the first and only option, rather than a last resort. It has, in one brief summer and fall, upended decades of our time-tested, tenacious foreign policy of deterrence which has served our nation and the world so well.
The President has not answered the haunting questions of thousands of my constituents and the American people:
How many troops are needed to wage this war?
What will it cost?
How long will we be there?
What is the plan to manage the chaos in the aftermath of regime change?
And finally, how will this affect the war on terrorism?
Respected military leaders and statesmen have testified to Congress about their deep concerns with pre-emption and unilateralism. These experts have seriously undercut the President’s case of what Saddam Hussein has and the President’s remedy to deal with it. And classified briefings have raised more questions than answers.
Today’s newspapers inform us that our own intelligence agencies have concluded that Saddam Hussein is unlikely to initiate a chemical or biological attack against the United States.
Not one of us carries a brief for Saddam Hussein. We know what he’s done and how he rules. We know about his accumulation of chemical and biological weapons, and the other weapons that threaten his neighbors and us.
Our answer today? Send a thousand ‘troops’ of weapons inspectors to Iraq. This time they must have unrestricted access to everything and with deadlines to achieve disarmament. The world community will watch and as we disarm him, we will loosen the noose he holds.
We can be tough and principled today as we have been in the past. We can bring other nations with us and when we do, Saddam will know he cannot dodge or be deceitful any longer.
That’s why I support Mr. Spratt’s Resolution which calls for action only if the UN determines action is required and the President seeks approval from the Congress.
Finally, Mr. Speaker, when the framers wrote our Constitution, their vision spoke to the innermost yearnings of every human being... then and now.
They created the best idea ever born-democracy. Their call is the same today in this new century... that we lead through the enduring strength of our democratic principles backed by the might we possess.
Today, our Constitution and my conscience beckon me to oppose the President’s Resolution for War.
I shall vote against the Resolution and I urge my colleagues to do so as well.
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