Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

American Military has given hope to the Iraqis

Sep 17, 2003
Press Release
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) made the following remarks from the House Floor: “Mr. Speaker, yesterday I returned from a delegation to Iraq organized by Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Ike Skelton,” said Congressman Wilson. “We visited with troops from Baghdad to Al Hillah in the South and Mosoul in the North, hearing directly from the heroes who won the war and are now winning the peace in the War on Terror.” “These dedicated warriors have trained over 60,000 new Iraqi security forces and initiated over 6,000 community development programs for hospitals, schools, electrical transmission, business development and road improvements. Led by Lt. Gen Ricardo Sanchez they are allied with over 20,000 personnel in Iraq from nations all over the world. “I was inspired by the development of democracy promoted by courageous mayors, governors, council members and an Islamic religious university dean who is a descendent of Mohammed. “We also met with Ambassador Paul Bremer who clearly has recruited a competent team including Columbians George Wolfe and Chris Harvin to successfully promote democracy. “A vital part of the War on Terror is success in Iraq and we have the right component of capable troops, local stalwarts for democracy, and a visionary Coalition Provisional Authority. “In conclusion, God bless our troops,” said Congressman Wilson. ###