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  • A ``No’’ Vote on President’s Authorization Request

    by Representative Tom McClintock

    Posted on 2015-02-12

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    McCLINTOCK asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. McCLINTOCK. Mr. Speaker, when we send our soldiers into harm's way, we have a solemn obligation to back them with the full might and resources that our country can muster and to give them the widest possible latitude for action. MacArthur was right: In war, there is no substitute for victory.

    The President proposes something very different: war by half measure; war on the cheap; war with dangerous restrictions on our troops; war with no clear objective other than to pull out in 3 years.

    I will not vote for the authorization that the President has requested. Given his obvious irresolution, I think the best immediate course for the United States is to assure that the regional powers currently engaged against the Islamic State have the material support they require.


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