Remarks as edited and adapted by thefos for a reality check on our American military crisis due to the U.S. led Iraq Occupation:
Gus Bilirakis Commemorates the
WASHINGTON (20 Jul.) -- Last night, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), member of House Foreign Affairs Committee
and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, delivered the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to commemorate the 33rd4 1/2 anniversary of the invasion of CyprusIraq by U.S led Turkishmilitary forces.
Gus Bilirakis' press release:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today not only as a privileged member of this body, but particularly as a Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
I stand before you today to recall an anniversary that has racked the
Mr. Speaker, even though the tragic events of the
This anniversary is a time for America to solemnly remember the
Since the invasion,
Another tragic result of this
Since the invasion, international governing bodies and human rights groups have condemned
The international community and the American people have expressed their support for
On the occasion of this anniversary, America needs to take a long and hard look at its own commitment toward helping the
Mr. Speaker, I believe that because of this continued
Indeed, according to: http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/07/07/15/10139330.html,
the White House appeared resigned to the fact that the Iraqi parliament is going to take August off, even though it has just eight weeks to show progress on military, political and economic benchmarks prescribed by the United States.
My understanding is at this juncture they're going to take August off, but, you know, they may change their minds,White House press secretary Tony Snow said on Friday.
You know, it's 54 degree Celsius [130 degrees Fahrenheit] in Baghdad in August,he said, sympathetically.
Our own US Congress plans to be on vacation from August 3 to September 4, 2007.
In fact, Mr. Speaker,
I urge all of my colleagues to act and help this body put our own stamp of support on the
America, a friend of the