Democratic Leaders Refuse to Meet With Veterans Group!
But, sadly the democratic leaders of Congress could not find 5 minutes for the American veterans.
Republican presidential hopeful, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, and Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., center, listen as Pete Hegseth of the Vets For Freedom, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 17, 2007, supporting the war in Iraq. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
The democratic leadership of the Senate and House refused to talk with Veterans for Freedom members, a nonpartisan veterans group, who had asked for only 5 minutes of their time on Tuesday.
Vets for Freedom reported this sad news:
Vets for Freedom expresses disappointment that veterans were not able to meet with Congressional leadership from both sides of the aisle in Congress today. While many Republican Senators, including leadership, made themselves available for questions and input, interaction from Democratic leadership was noticeably absent. In spite of that, Vets for Freedom members remain committed to speaking with elected leaders on both sides of the aisle.
Republican leadership (and some Democrats, although not leadership) made room in their busy schedules—on very short notice—to speak with veterans. These veterans flew in on their own dime to ask Congress to give General David Petraeus the time he needs to fully implement the surge of American forces in Iraq. Veterans are very grateful and thankful for the time that these Senators took to spend with them.
Five days in advance of today’s events, Vets for Freedom meeting requests—for 5 minutes—were submitted to the Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House. Repeated attempts were made to contact and meet with the Democratic leadership. “In the end, they made a disappointing decision to decline meeting with veterans who have first-hand knowledge of the situation on the ground” said Pete Hegseth, an Iraq War veteran and executive director of Vets for Freedom. “It is especially disappointing because Democratic leadership’s misguided policy—a declaration of defeat—will lead to a national security disaster for the United States.”
Vets for Freedom is a nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its mission is to educate the American public about the importance of achieving success in these conflicts by applying our first-hand knowledge to issues of American strategy and tactics—namely “the surge” in Iraq. Vets for Freedom is the leading voice representing troops and veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information, please visit www.vetsforfreedom.org.
Sen. Christopher Bond, R-Mo., right, speaks to members of the group Vets for Freedom prior to the start of a news conference supporting the war in Iraq, Tuesday, July 17, 2007, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Powerline has the transcript from the press conference posted. It was powerful- Too bad the democrats missed it.
Related: McCannta has more on the Congressional politics being played out by the democrats.