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Coburn, from Iraq: We will fight this war again if we don’t fight it now.

February 11, 2008

KSWO in Lawton is reporting on Coburns weekend visit to Iraq:

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn says the 3,000 National Guard troops from Oklahoma are fighting in the safest environment in Iraq in five years.

Coburn visited with the troops this weekend and was scheduled to stop
in Afghanistan today before returning to the U.S.


Coburn says reserve units should be deployed overseas, and not Guard

Ben Fenwick, of the Tulsa World spoke with Coburn:

A chance visit to Iraq on Saturday and Sunday by Coburn, R-Okla., coincided with the beginning of de ployment by Oklahoma’s 45th Infantry Brigade, the Thunderbirds, which will spend a year serving throughout Iraq.

Coburn had breakfast with Thunderbird commander Brig. Gen. Myles Deering and other members of the brigade’s headquarters unit, and visited an area of recent fighting with soldiers in Oklahoma’s active-duty military.


A longtime critic of the White House’s deficits and spending policies, Coburn said the real cost of the war has only just begun. He said the administration misstepped from the beginning by choos ing to pay for the war in Iraq through deficit spending.

“We’ve run this war by borrowing money that our grandkids are going to have to pay back,” Coburn said. “There is a consequence to that, and it’s not just financial. The only people who you’ve asked to sacrifice in this war are the military and their families. No other American has sacrificed.”

Coburn insisted, however, that the war is being won and that pulling out would be disastrous. He said candidates who demand a troop pullout will bring ruin to the gains made in Iraq.

Fenwick also quotes Coburn as saying:

The risk is unbelievable for us as a nation for our own security…We will fight this war again if we don’t fight it now. I am absolutely convinced. The other thing I’m convinced of is we are going to win — much more so do I believe that now than I did 18 months ago.

On his website, the Coburn’s position on Iraq and the War on Terror is clearly stated:

…It is vitally important for us, when considering Iraq and the War on Terror, to remember who we are fighting and what is at stake. We have an obligation to future generations of Americans that we achieve victory in the War on Terror. The terrorists we are confronting today in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere would be on our doorstep if we retreat. It is better to confront and disrupt terrorists in far away lands rather than allowing them to once again launch attacks on us in our own cities.

Overall, the debate over troop levels in Iraq is not what matters — victory is what matters… (more)

It seems this most recent visit to Iraq has strongly validated that position for the U.S. Senator from Oklahoma.

NBC Decides to Air "Controversial’ Ad Thanking Troops; Lt. Col. Steve Russell Featured

December 10, 2007

NBC originally refused to air the above commercial yesterday on their Meet the Press program with Tim Russert. NBC said that airing the spot would violate the network’s prohibition on “controversial issue ads.” How sad. The war has been so politicized, that now it is deemed “controversial” to ask Americans to thank our brave soldiers who are serving thousands of miles away during the Christmas season?” From the website:

“As we celebrate the holidays, it is important to remember the sacrifices these brave men and women stationed throughout the world make each day to defend our freedom. Freedom’s Watch is honored to support their services and say thank you.”

Voice of Defeat Headlines Oklahoma Democrat Fundraiser

October 17, 2007

From Red Oklahoma

Oklahoma Democrats’ 13th annual Carl Albert awards banquet won’t be headlined by a war veteran with a message of staying the course for victory.

It won’t be headlined by a legislative leader who supports our troops and is an advocate for responsible policy in Iraq, either.

Instead, Oklahoma Democrats have chosen Congressman James Clyburn (D-S.C.), an unwaivering voice of defeat in the War in Iraq, to be their honored guest. Though Oklahomans may be divided on whether going into Iraq was the best decision, they are united in supporting our troops to get the job done now that they’re there. Yet this is another example of how the extreme liberal 1% of Oklahoma Democrats who are currently in control of the Oklahoma Democratic Party are spreading defeatist liberalism to party faithful.

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Rep. Boren a "Bush Dog?"

August 22, 2007

“I’m hearing more and more frequently a sense of rage with the Democratic leadership in Congress. From failing to stop the war to expanding Bush’s wiretapping authority, the swing vote of conservative Democrats in the House are forming an effective conservative majority that is enabling Bush to govern as he wishes.”

“Bush’s Dogs”

Jason Altmire, PA-04
John Barrow, GA-12
Melissa Bean, IL-18
Dan Boren, OK-02
Leonard Boswell, IA-03
Alan Boyd, FL-02
Chris Carney, PA-10
Ben Chandler, KY-06
Jim Cooper, TN-05
Jim Costa, CA-20
Bud Cramer, AL-05
Henry Cuellar, TX-28
Lamar Davis, TN-04
Joe Donnelly, IN-02
Chet Edwards, TX-17
Brad Ellsworth, IN-08
Bob Etheridge, NC-02
Bart Gordon, TN-06
Stephanie Herseth, SD
Baron Hill, IN-09
Nick Lampson, TX-22
Dan Lipinski, IL-03
Jim Marshall, GA-08
Jim Matheson, UT-02
Mike McIntyre, NC-07
Charlie Melancon, LA-03
Colin Peterson, MN-07
Earl Pomeroy, ND
Ciro Rodriguez, TX-23
Mike Ross, AR-04
John Salazar, CO-03
Heath Shuler, NC-11
Vic Snyder, AR-02
Zack Space, OH-18
John Tanner, TN-08
Gene Taylor, MS-04
Tim Walz, MN-01
Charlie Wilson, OH-06

Read more…

Fallin Iraq Interview

August 22, 2007

Ray and Bob interview Representative Mary Fallin about her trip to Iraq and the latest developments in Congress. Listen to the interview here.


Oklahoma Women’s Network Blog: “Oklahoma Women’s Groups meet with Rep Mary Fallin”

ODP Loves the Veterans Now?

August 17, 2007

A little damage control maybe?

From Okbluenotes:

Oklahoma Democratic Party & Veterans Committee to Host “Support the Troops” Event Oklahomans Deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan to Receive Care Packages

Oklahoma City – The Oklahoma Democratic Party is sponsoring a ‘Support the Troops’ campaign by gathering items from the ‘most wanted’ list that have been requested by our Oklahoma Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Who: Democratic Veterans, family members, elected official and Oklahomans who support our military

What: Event to pack care boxes for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

Where: George Krumme Center, Oklahoma Democratic Party Headquarters, 4100 N. Lincoln, Oklahoma City, OK 73105

When: Tuesday, August 21st from 6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.

Ron Wasson, Vietnam Marine Corps veteran and Dr. Katherine Scheirman, retired Air Force Colonel, are co-chairs of the Oklahoma Democratic Veteran’s Committee, which is devoted to political and social justice issues that affect our country’s veterans. They have organized the event to let members of our armed forces know we salute their patriotism and courage.

The event will include speakers from the Veterans Committee along with State Rep Richard Morrissette, Iraq war veteran Mike Waggoner and State Party Chair Ivan Holmes. Refreshments will be served and everyone is invited to participate in this important event.
Read more…

Istook on Funding the Troops

May 25, 2007

MoveOn Tulsa Response to Iraq Compromise

May 23, 2007

For Immediate Release

Later today, we’re going to deliver a message with a backbone on it to Rep. John Sullivan’s Tulsa office as part of a rapid response to the Congress’ weak compromise on the Iraq supplemental bill. Here’s my statement on the bill and on the event:

Representative Sullivan needs to vote against the Iraq supplemental bill. The bill has no real timelines or real accountability for the Bush administration. A vote for this bill is a vote to continue President Bush’s failed Iraq policy.

It’s time for Congress to show some backbone and reject this blank check for endless war. We’re delivering a backbone to Rep. Sullivan to remind him that folks here in Tulsa are expecting strong leadership, not weak compromises.

In an email this morning, MoveOn encouraged all 3.2 million of its members to urge Congress to vote no. In part, the email reads: “Every single Democrat must vote against this bill. This is a key test vote on whether your representative is serious about ending the war.” The email was sent by MoveOn’s Nita Chaudhary.

Please let me know if you have any questions or want any further comments.

Mike Workman
MoveOn Tulsa
MoveOn Regional Coordinator for OK-AR

Only In Oklahoma: Adair County Sheriff Serving the People……In Iraq!

May 15, 2007


If you have business with Adair County Sheriff Charles Hartshorne do not bother going by his office or even calling on the phone, as his staff will tell you the sheriff is not in.

And they would be telling you the truth, for Sheriff Hartshorne is not in his office. He is not in the courthouse. He is not in the town of Stilwell, the county seat. He is not even in Adair County.

All of which makes sense, as he is also not in the state of Oklahoma or the United States for that matter.

It turns out that Adair County Sheriff Charles Hartshorne is in Iraq, working for a private company that trains Iraqi civilians to become law enforcement officers.

Recently Sheriff Hartshorne, in a published letter to the “Adair County citizens” said:

I will still be your working sheriff. Let me assure you I am not deserting you or my office. No matter where I am, I am always in contact with and overseeing the daily operations of my office.

A published report by the Muskogee Phoenix revealed that Undersheriff Tim McCollum said he speaks with Hartshorne via telephone about every two days. That same report indicated that Commissioner Sam Chandler said the last time he was aware of Sheriff Hartshorne being in the county was on April 1st. Read more…

Rep. Fallin Calls Iraq Resolution "Product Of A Political Game"

February 19, 2007

Rep. Mary Fallin wrote on the Hill Newspaper’s Blog that the non-binding resolution passed by Congress Friday was the “product of a political game.” Fallin warned her fellow legislators that the “situation before us is deadly serious”.

“If we pass this resolution, we will send precisely the wrong message at precisely the wrong time to one of the most dangerous and sinister enemies we have ever faced.” She concluded the post saying:

“Our soldiers deserve real answers to the problems they face in Iraq, not political posturing which risks emboldening their enemies. I sincerely hope that the House of Representatives rejects this resolution and begins working in a bipartisan fashion towards a plan for victory in Iraq.”

UPDATE: Passing of Iraq Resolution Lacked Substantive Debate

“I’d rather have seen the resolution fail. But I was pleased that there were so few Republicans that supported it. I just wish we had the opportunity on the floor to actually debate these issues. A few minutes from each person to speak isn’t enough.

As a freshman, I’m very disappointed. I was elected to come to Congress to voice the concerns of my Oklahoman constituents. But we can’t speak freely because of constant suspension of House rules and closed debates.”