Skip to main content

I'm about to head to the floor to vote against the Iraq supplemental.  Before I do, I thought I would share with you the speech I delivered about the bill in the Senate today.

I'll be back after the vote to respond to some of your comments.  Here's the speech I delivered on the floor today, explaining why I'm voting No:

In March and in April I voted for emergency spending legislation that would have fully funded our troops in Iraq, but also changed their mission to a sound one. That mission would have taken our troops out of the middle of a civil war, and put them into a support role, training Iraqi soldiers and police, fighting al Qaeda, and protecting our troops.

The President will not agree to that.

As a matter of fact, the President won’t agree to any change in strategy in Iraq, and that is more than a shame for the American people; it is a tragedy.

It doesn’t seem to matter how many Americans die in Iraq, how many funerals we have here at home, or what the American people think. The President won’t budge.

This new bill on Iraq keeps the status quo. With a few frills around the outside, a few reports, a few words about benchmarks. While our troops die.

I understand why this particular legislation is before us today. It’s because this President wants to continue his one man show in Iraq. The President doesn’t respect this Congress or the American people when it comes to Iraq. He wants to brush us all off like some annoying spot on his jacket.

We have lost 3,427 American soldiers in Iraq. Of those, 731 (21%) have been from California or based in California. There are 25,549 American soldiers wounded.

And today, after several days of worrying and praying, we received the tragic news of the death of Private Joseph J. Anzack JR., 20 years old, of Torrance, California, who was abducted during a deadly ambush south of Baghdad almost two weeks ago.

One member of his platoon, Spc. Daniel Seitz, summed it up this way to the Associated Press: "It just angers me that it’s just another friend I’ve got to lose and deal with, because I’ve already lost 13 friends since I’ve been here, and I don’t know if I can take any more of this."

And he shouldn’t have to. But with this bill, he will.

The first half of this year has already been deadlier than any six-month period since the war began more than four years ago.

In this month alone, 83 U.S. Service members have already been killed in Iraq.

Let me be clear, there are many things in this bill that I strongly support—many provisions that I actually fought for, for our troops, for our veterans, for our farmers, and for the victims of Hurricane Katrina—but I must take a stand against this Iraq war, and therefore I will vote no on this emergency spending bill.

Together, we will end this war.  We may not have won today's vote, and I'm very disappointed that we didn't, but with your help, that day is coming soon.

-- Barbara

UPDATE (9:10pm ET): I've got to run out to head to the airport, but before I leave, I just wanted to thank you for all of your heartfelt comments.  We will end this war.  Keep up the fight.  I am standing with you.

Originally posted to Barbara Boxer on Thu May 24, 2007 at 05:27 PM PDT.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Sharoney, Sequoia, Ed in Montana, Angie in WA State, Mike D, Dori, nota bene, Marc in CA, Alma, copithorne, jillian, pine, ROGNM, AggieDemocrat, taylormattd, ferg, copymark, SarahLee, GOTV, cali, glitterscale, hg, cosbo, MontanaMaven, AdmiralNaismith, mem from somerville, saraswati, dday, ortcutt, Coldblue Steele, Shockwave, Andrew C White, shayera, jdld, GoKeever, MakeChessNotWar, polecat, Kevin in Long Beach, acuppajo, lzachary, SallyCat, Abou Ben Adhem, BenGoshi, object16, Walt starr, bumblebums, exNYinTX, redtravelmaster, deaniac83, Plan9, Eternal Hope, jalapeno, dc 20005, kellykellygg, conchita, whenwego, OCD, Welshman, Loquatrix, HippyWitch, Pithy Cherub, mxwing, Geonomist, cosmic debris, ptmflbcs, roses, javelina, cognitive dissonance, bincbom, Miss Blue, sidinny, BruinKid, frightwig, fumie, rioduran, bustacap, nowness, navajo, Alna Dem, SensibleShoes, LawStudent, Redfire, mayan, Barbara Morrill, sockpuppet, Chicago Lulu, Sycamore, Kentucky DeanDemocrat, Chamonix, Nancy in LA, BarnBabe, YellowDogBlue, susie dow, Caldonia, homo neurotic, Jujuree, Oy the Billybumbler, joliberal, renaissance grrrl, The Angry Buddhist, coigue, SingleVoter, PerfectStormer, ChiGirl88, AllisonInSeattle, nasarius, Sam Loomis, fugue, airshipjones, mattes, mungley, lhuynh, donna and paul, Nova Land, solesse413, snowbird42, boran2, pontechango, Thirsty, sawgrass727, rapala, vcmvo2, davidincleveland, joanneleon, bloomer 101, marina, Methion, LakeSuperior, blueyedace2, munky, lale, revbludge, political girl, Pym, ek hornbeck, PBen, corvo, saucy monkey, SoCalLiberal, amRadioHed, EJP in Maine, trinityfly, Laurence Lewis, Lepanto, Bouwerie Boy, Chaoslillith, buckeyedem08, Dem Beans, HugoDog, jimstaro, ladylib, aaraujo, GreyHawk, sheddhead, Eric K, blue jersey mom, illyia, kingsbridge77, onanyes, moodyx, MajorFlaw, Zack from the SFV, Zergle, FightTheFuture, wiscmass, Shaking the Tree, tony the American Mutt, benny05, Cory Bantic, Beezzley, Ekaterin, distributorcap, yogamatt, noweasels, xaxnar, coffeeinamrica, begone, debedb, Mehitabel9, RWeede, Reality Bites Back, SoulCatcher, cre8fire, LeftOverAmerica, Shirl In Idaho, trashablanca, BalanceSeeker, irishwitch, kraant, vigilant meerkat, sambar, BlueInARedState, emeraldmaiden, sfsalty, glamberson, Gopher Bob, buhdydharma, compbear, katier, Jordan LFW, Angie Tran, sailmaker, neecie100, donnas, Farradin, Blue Wind, SherriG, DarkestHour, vome minnesota, zorba, Rachel in Vista, Sagebrush Bob, CTLiberal, gabriella, tface1000, edgery, bonesy, MBNYC, apocryphal rumor, Wage Warrior II, LJR, CA Nana, profh, Dianna, va dare, fiddlingnero, means are the ends, grokgov, Dreaming of Better Days, CunningBlogist, Adam Crocker, Mary2002, Bernie68, kidneystones, Friend of the court, slksfca, sdgeek, AntKat, BentLiberal, DBunn, cjallen, old wobbly, FoundingFatherDAR, BeninSC, Feeling Blue, maddogg, moodyinsavannah, godislove, jetskreemr, momoaizo, offgrid, Positronicus, silverlil, DoubleBarrellBunnyAnger, phaktor, kath25, martucio, david mizner, flumptytail, Jimdotz, sfRenter, james risser, Casey Morris, Corwin Weber, davehouck, phoenixdreamz, RosyFinch, College Progressive, Giodude, Heyroot, Airpower, Ken in Tex, Bridge Master, Dion, leonard145b, electric meatball, scardanelli, JerseyGirl226, keikekaze, cal in cali, Bikemom, willb48, Predictor, jamiek, TomP, Winter Rabbit, Light Emitting Pickle, fayeforcure, liberalandfree, clarquistador, Kronos Blue, brklyngrl, ScottyUrb, blackrock, Rippen Kitten, prettyobvious, galaxy33, RandySF, megaera, Lucius Vorenus, pmb, Dave Montoya, EducationforAll, dgr, Lujane, MainSt, kN3eLb4Z0d, The 13th Texan, Miss Butter, todd at courage campaign, Runs With Scissors, Dean Barker, Thought Crime, Tainith, repssdp, Organic American

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site