HR4156 was the much talked about legislation that tied funding for the Iraq war to a plan for withdrawal of troops. It called for no interrogation tactics to be utilized that were not already outlined in the U.S. Army Field Manual. HR4156 made it impossible for any of the $50 Billion appropriated to be used to establish a permanent military presence in Iraq or to control any Iraqi oil resources. It also demanded that the Secretary of State compile a report on the plan and status on the reduction of troops.
HR4156 passed the House 218-203.
North Carolina 5th District Representative Virginia Foxx voted against this resolution.
This week, as we enter the 6th year of this war, the U.S. death toll rises to a startling 4,000. I think about the mortars and car bombs that are bombarding the Green Zone in Baghdad, the men and women serving our country in uniform and in the U.S. embassy answering to harrowing cries of, “duck and cover”. I am reminded of the great need we have to create a responsible, reasonable way to bring our men and women home. My resolve for the need to heighten our diplomatic efforts is strengthened when I read stories of gunmen opening fire on passengers waiting for busses killing 7 people and wounding 16 others including women and children. My resolve is strengthened when I hear reports of police finding the bullet-riddled bodies of 12 people- six in Baghdad, four in Mosul and two in Kut, scenes of clashes between government troops and Shiite militiamen.
Representative Foxx, I am sure you have answers for the family and loved ones of the 160 service members who have lost their lives since November 14th 2007. I would certainly like to know what you would say to the families of 2nd Lieutenant Burks, Specialist Bunks, and Sergeant Booker, who were being killed by hostile enemy fire while you were fighting against bringing them home.