Monday, July 20, 2009

Bill Foster and Jan Shakowsky on "hunting down" and "destroying" Osama Bin Laden

From Foster's site,
Rep. Bill Foster Responds to Gen. Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker
Congressman encourages leaders to focus on al-Qaida in Afghanistan

Washington, Apr 9, 2008 -

In a response to Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker’s testimony in Congress on the issue of the War in Iraq, Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) issued a statement today, which can be downloaded via satellite.

“This war will cost us over $2 trillion dollars and will impact the financial future of our children and grandchildren,” Rep. Foster said. “They will be forced to pay our bills in the generations to come. This is a war that has deprived us of improving health care, providing a middle class tax cut and investing in science and education.

“I strongly encourage the General to reaffirm our true mission in the Middle East to hunt down and destroy Osama Bin Laden and the al-Qaida network in Afghanistan.”

The Congressman will also be available for media comment throughout the day. Please schedule a time with the press office to speak with the Congressman.
And from Schakowsky' site,
WASHINGTON, DC (July 17, 2009) – Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-IL, Chairwoman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Investigations & Oversight, issued the following statement to announce a full investigation into certain CIA programs and the Congressional notification process.

“The House Intelligence Committee will move forward with a full investigation that will explore certain CIA programs and the core issue of how the committee is kept informed. My subcommittee will take the lead on significant portions of the investigation; we will explore instances where the Congress was not informed in a timely way and situations in which laws may have been broken.

“This investigation will seek to review the process for notifying Congress and the Committee’s role to oversee the intelligence community. It is very important for us to set the record straight going forward that the Congress wants to be, and needs to be, able to conduct its oversight function.

“We want to look very closely at every aspect of the notification process and various programs. If it is determined by this investigation that the Vice President of the United States ordered Congress not to be told there is reason to believe that is a significant violation of the National Security Act, we’ll follow that thread where it takes us and determine if there’s reason to refer to the issue to the Justice Department or clarify the laws regarding notification.

“Currently, we’re collecting necessary documents from the appropriate agencies to proceed with our investigation. In the near future I hope to develop a timetable and soon after we’re going to begin our investigation with hearings.”
So the issue here is Schakowsky missed the urgency of hunting down and destroying Bin Laden?

Bin Laden's destruction what Foster thinks our true mission in the Middle East to be (although Pakistan not exactly in the Middle East his point's understood)?

Is it too much to ask of Illinois Democrats to get their line together when Americans and our allies are laying down their lives?

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