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CONUS Archive
244898
HOUSE FLOOR / BOSNIA (1994)
WASHINGTON, DC
TVD
4/19/1994
5:12
5:15
REPRESENTATIVE DANA ROHRABACHER, R-CA REPRESENTATIVE ROBERT G. TORRICELLI, D-NJ REPRESENTATIVE CASS BALLENGER, R-NC REPRESENTATIVE DAVID BONIOR, D-MI REPRESENTATIVE NEWT GINGRICH, R-GA
SOUND FROM THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SEVERAL HOUSE MEMBERS COMMENT ON BOSNIA DURING MORNING BUSINESS AND HOUSE ONE MINUTES.
(SUGGESTED TRANSCRIPT OF AUDIO) Well read expired. The gentleman from California objection Mr. Speaker Serbian forces are entering Gorazde. 10s of 1000s of Bosnian Muslim civilians now face an enemy who has already slaughtered over 100,000 of their countrymen. The West sits on his hands, weak leadership and spinelessness in the West have doomed the people of Gorazde to Serbian strong man Milosevic and his psychopathic allies. These are the these, Milosevic and his Serbian allies in Bosnia are the Nazis of our day. And Bill Clinton, and our European allies and friends are playing their role as well. American troops do not need to fight on the ground in the Balkans. But we must act and act aggressively. We must act as the moral and military leaders of the free world. Time has long since passed when we should have lifted the arms embargo on the Bosnians and Croatians who are the victims of a genocidal land grab by their Serbian neighbors. And if we decide to use force again, we should bomb Serbia's military infrastructure in Serbia, get that bombed Serbia rather than dropping a couple of duds on tents, which only proves the West gutlessness and emboldened Serbian cutthroats. Speaker 2 1:35 speaker for more than a generation we told ourselves it was never going to happen again. After the destruction of the Armenian people by the Ottomans, the Jews by the Nazis and the Cambodians by Pol Pot, we were going to live in a more civilized time with the international community would not sit idly by during genocide. Tell that today to the people of Bosnia, tell it to the 60,000 Poor souls encircled and being overrun today in Gorazde. For them, it means nothing. And what is it that the international community does to the safe areas to airplanes dropping for bombs, while tanks roll through city streets, taking potentially hundreds, if not 1000s of lives. President Clinton says accurately there is an international embargo. We cannot unilaterally lift it. We cannot unilaterally defy it. Perhaps, Mr. President, but we don't have to be enforcing it either. Withdraw the United States Navy from the Adriatic pull America out of this enforcement allow these poor, desperate people to get the arms they want to buy with their own money to defend their own families with their own lives. lest we be complicitous. And yet another international genocide. Speaker 3 3:07 Mr. Speaker, as the President was driving his Mustang last Sunday down in North Carolina, he arrived two hours late because of his golf game. The United States position in Bosnia was worsening. You have to wonder where the President's priorities are. According to many reports, Mr. Clinton simply doesn't care about foreign policy. The results of this indifference, indifference are obvious. From North Korea, to Bosnia, from Haiti to Iraq, American resolve is in question. And we seem to be getting ourselves deeper and deeper into trouble without a clear plan or understanding of our mission. But the Clinton doctrine is if it doesn't show up on the polls, don't worry about it. Mr. Speaker, that's a heck of a way to lead the most powerful nation in united in the world. I urge the president to jump out of his Mustang and behind our foreign policy policy steering wheel, we need a president who knows where he's going on foreign policy, Speaker 4 3:58 after so much suffering is utterly shameful. We promised the Muslim people that Gorazde would be a safe haven. We promise that their children and their families would be safe there. We promise that no harm would come to them if they trusted the United States. Well, they trusted us Madam Speaker, and now they are dying. And unless we act right now to let the Bosnian people defend themselves. Unless we act right now to lift the arms embargo. And to use the full force of US and NATO to increase airstrikes than the blood of Bosnia isn't just on the hands of the Serbs. It's on all of us. Speaker 5 4:45 in Russia on an official delegation last Sunday, we were told the United States was committed to bombing near Gorazde. I said at the time, in my only advice. We must be strong. We must communicate gait that America has resolve is unshakable once you have crossed that that decision point you have to be prepared to when we met with the President last week I said to him we must be strong all the time instead tragic weakness
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