Todd Akin on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Oct 22, 2012

Summary

Congressman Akin has been a strong supporter of the war in Iraq. He voted in favor of the resolution to grant the authority to use force in Iraq and has voted against most efforts to require the removal of troops. However, in 2007 he voted in favor of legislation to require the President to develop a plan to withdraw troops from Iraq.

Beginning and Ending of Action

In 2003, Congressman Akin stated that the initiation of ground actions in Iraq is the true beginning of a necessary and just war against an inhumane regime that has brutally oppressed the people of Iraq, proven itself a grave threat to its neighbors, used weapons of mass destruction against civilian populations and continues to threaten the free world with some of the most destructive weapons ever developed. When the end of hostilities was declared in 2003, Congressman Akin stated that although there remains dangerous work yet left to do, the destruction of Iraq’s dictator and his insufferable regime has liberated an oppressed nation and is a significant victory in the war against terrorism.

In 2004, Congressman Akin supported a spending bill for Iraq by stating that Congress was reaffirming our nation's commitment to the war against terrorism and the building of a democratic Iraq. He added that our troops deserve and need this support, and every dollar spent represents an investment in our nation's long term security. Finally he stated that a free and secure Iraq means less tension in the Middle East and less likelihood of conflict throughout the region.

The Draft

in 2004, Congressman Akin opposed legislation to reinstate the draft. He stated that he has always opposed the reinstatement of the draft and with the defeat of this politically motivated bill it is clear that there is no significant or real support for it anywhere.

Troop Withdrawal

Congressman Akin has remained consistently opposed to legislation to withdraw troops. In 2005, he stated that by setting a date, Congress would be sending a message to the brave Iraqi citizens who participated in historic national elections that the United States will support the fledgling democracy for only so long and then they are on their own. He added that congress would be empowering the insurgency, which is seeking to subjugate Iraqi citizens by brutal and cowardly attacks.

In 2005, he also stated that immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq and Afghanistan would demoralize our troops, hearten our enemies and strike a body-blow to the movement toward freedom and self-government in those nations.

In 2007, Congressman Akin responded to timetables for withdrawal by stating that it is tremendously counter productive to tie Iraq funding to an unrealistic timetable. Such a strategy emboldens our enemies and discourages our brave men and women serving America.

The Surge

In July of 2012, Congressman Akin stated that since the recent troop surge has been implemented, violence has gone down in Iraq, and some success has been noted.  He added that the surge in troop levels has only been in place for one month, and we need to give General Petraeus a chance to suppress the insurgency.

A few months later, Congressman Akin stated that Democrats were wrong in being against the surge and it was proving to be effective and helping us to build local governments. He added that they were also wrong in the sense that everything is lost and we ought to quit.

 

Initiation of Ground Forces

In March of 2003, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting the initiation of ground forces in Iraq. He stated that the war was just and necessary.

 

Cessesion of Activity

In May of 2003, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting the cessesion of hostile activity in Iraq.

 

Investment in the Future

In October of 2003, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his support for the Iraq supplemental spending bill and calling it an investment in the future.

 

Reinstating the Draft

In October of 2004, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his vote against a Democratic led effort to reinstate the draft.

 

Opposition to Troop Withdrawal

In June of 2005, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his opposition to legislation to set a date to have all troops withdrawn from Iraq.

 

Resolution to Withdraw Troop

In November of 2005, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his vote against a Democratic effort to withdraw troops from Iraq.

 

Iraq War Resolution

On February 13, 2007 Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor about several resolutions that were pending on the war in Iraq and the possible removal of troops from Iraq.

 

Iraq War Resolutions

On February 15, 2007, Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor about several pending pieces of legislation related to the war in Iraq and possible troop withdrawal.

 

Opposition to Timetables

In April of 2007, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his oppositoin to timetables for withdrawal from Iraq.

 

Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act

In July of 2007, Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor in opposition to the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

 

Withdrawal Plan Dangerous

In July of 2012, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting that the withdrawal plans were dangerous and haphazard.

 

The Situation in Iraq

On September 5, 2007 Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor about the overall situation in Iraq and the strategies being employed there.

 

Moving Forward and Winning

On September 6, 2007 Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor about Iraq and the need to move forward and win in Iraq.

 

Orderly and Responsible Deployment from Iraq

In November of 2007, Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor about the Orderly and Responsible Deployment from Iraq Act. He referred to it as a plan for failure.

 

Voting Record

Disapproval of the Surge Strategy

In February of 2007, the house passed a resolution disapproving of President Bush\'s recently announced surge strategy in Iraq. The vote on the bill was largely partisan, with a vast majority of Democrats supporting the legislation and thus disapproved of the surge. Although the resolution passed the house in roll call 99, it was not voted on in the Senate. Todd Akin voted against this resolution, and therefore supported the surge.

Todd Akin voted against this resolution, and therefore supported the surge.

Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy

In October 2007, the House put forth yet another resolution to require that President Bush submit a strategy for redeployment from Iraq. The bill explicitly stated that it endorsed to specific action, but rather required that the Secretary of Defense submit a strategy to congress for the redeployment of troops from Iraq within 60 days of the resolution. Although the resolution passed the House with bipartisan support, it was not voted on in the Senate. Todd Akin voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

Todd Akin voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act

In July of 2007, the House again addressed the issue of redeploying troops from the Iraqi theatre. This bill had the same goal as other resolutions to redeploy troops, but lacked the removal of funding that enforced the resolution. Although a small number of members from both side crossed party lines, the resolution passed in roll call 624 among largely partisan lines. Todd Akin voted against the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Todd Akin voted against the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act

The Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act was an attempt by House Democrats to bring the number of American military members in Iraq to a limited number by April 1, 2008. The measure passed the House in a 223-201 vote, but was never raised in the Senate. Todd Akin voted against the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Todd Akin voted against the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Iraq Transition Act

The Iraq Transition Act was a bill to to require the Secretary of Defense to commence the reduction of the number of United States Armed Forces in Iraq to a limited presence by April 1, 2008, and for other purposes. The bill passed the House 221-196 but was never raised in the Senate. Todd Akin voted against this resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

Todd Akin voted against this resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

Troop Redeployment in 180 days

In May of 2007, the House attempted to pass a resolution to require that President Bush begin redeployment of troops from Iraq within 90 days and complete the withdrawal within 180 days. To enforce the resolution, language was added to restrict funding for any actions other than redeployment. Almost all Republicans opposed the resolution, and when a significant portion of Democrats joined the Republicans the resolution failed in roll call 330. Todd Akin voted against withdrawing troops in 180 days.

Todd Akin voted against withdrawing troops in 180 days.

Authorization for the use of Force in Iraq

The authorization for the use of force in Iraq was voted on in October of 2002. The authorization had the support of almost all Republicans and more than 1/3 of the Democrats. Todd Akin voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq.

Todd Akin voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H Con Res 315; Supporting the idea that coalition victory in Iraq is possible. - Cosponsor

Supports the idea that the war in Iraq is not lost. Recognizes that: (1) the overall progress being made on the ground in Iraq is undeniable; (2) much of this progress is due to the skill and valor of the American service member; and (3) the decision by the President and our military leadership to provide a surge of troops to implement a new counterinsurgency strategy was the correct course of action.

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