Updated: April 17, 2008 added partial transcript. ~ Lo
Added: April 16, 2008
April 15, 2008
C-SPAN Congress Coverage
Updated: April 17, 2008
thanks to: representativepress
“I am pleased that we have taken time from our schedules to come to the floor tonight to sound the alarm. The saber rattling is going on by this administration. The remarks that we’re hearing day in and day out are more accusatory toward Iran.
… we all know that U.S. strikes against Iran would be disastrous.
Middle East experts generally agree that Iran would respond to a U.S. strike by attacking U.S. and Israeli interests throughout the region and possibly globally. These strikes would lead to a greater Middle East war, including greater loss of life, financial burden, over stretch of our military and worse.
We’re sounding the alarm this evening and we are sending a message to the President of the United States of America and to the Vice President, particularly now to the Vice President, who, when he was reminded by an ABC News reporter that the recent polls show that two-thirds of Americans say the fight in Iraq is not worth it, his response was, “and so?” Well, Mr. Vice President, our “and so” to you tonight is, and so the American people do not want us to continue this war in Iraq and to air strike in Iran. We’re sounding the alarm.
We are made to believe that we are somehow being placed at a great threat by Iran.
And so we know where this is going. We know what this means, and we’re saying, we must not rule out diplomacy. …
We know that we’ve still got work to do on Iraq. We’ve still got to make many Members of this House feel comfortable with the idea that they can confront their President, that they can still be very, very patriotic as they stand up against war …
We know that the work has to be done, but we’ve got to add to that work the fact that we can stop an airstrike on Iran and we can stop the notion that somehow we must send more soldiers in.” – Rep. Maxine Waters April 15, 2008