As members of a global community, the United States and all nations of the world have much to learn from each other. Our nation has a proud history of leading the world in times of peace and times of war. We have formed coalitions of nations to depose tyrannical dictators that threatened the freedoms and safety of our citizens and allies. Together with our friends we have drawn attention to humanitarian crises and worked to improve the quality of life in those parts of the world that live in poverty and turmoil.
As a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, I have the privilege to help address the issues facing our relationships with nations around the world. As one of only a few members of Congress to serve on both the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Armed Services Committee, I have the unique opportunity to contribute to our national dialogue from a military as well as a diplomatic perspective. An open and candid discussion among friendly nations and a clear and consistent message to unfriendly nations will ensure the safety and prosperity of the United States.
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On Friday, July 15, 2011, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a hearing entitled “Military Voting.” Chairman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following prepared remarks:
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after learning of today’s terrorist attack in India which killed more than twenty people and injured at least 100 more in Mumbai’s financial district:
“I am deeply saddened by the news from Mumbai. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and all affected by these attacks. There is no place in this world for senseless acts of violence like those experienced in India today. The American people stand firmly behind the people of India in support of the fight against global terrorism.”
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted against authorizing the limited use of the United States Armed Forces in Libya:
“The President’s decision to ignore the Constitution along with the War Powers Resolution has led us to this point. Choosing not to consult with Congress on this conflict was complicated even further by this Administration’s failure to explain and outline a plan of action to the American public.
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress earlier today:
“It was an honor to have Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to a joint session of Congress today. Israel is one our country’s closest allies, and the partnership shared between our two countries is vital in achieving peace and stability in the Middle East.
Last week, I had the pleasure of hearing General David Petraeus, U.S. Army Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, testify before the House Armed Services Committee on Afghanistan. Ever the dedicated professional, the General not only outlined the current state of affairs on the war front but also updated Members as to the progressions and potential setbacks currently facing allied forces in Afghanistan.