Paul Ryan on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Aug 24, 2012

Summary

Congressman Ryan has remained a consistent supporter of the war in Iraq since its beginning in 2002. He opposed timetables for withdraw, and supported the surge strategy in 2007.

In 2002, Congressman Ryan voted in support of the resolution to grant the authority for the use of force in Iraq, and spoke twice on the House floor in support of the resolution. In those speeches, he read from a book that asserted that the Hussein regime engaged in a number of atrocities including gouging out the eyes of children to force confessions from parents, crushing the bones in the feet of a 2-year-old girl to force her mother to divulge information, dragging in a man's wife, daughter or other female relative and repeatedly rape her in front of him, and forcing a white-hot metal rod into a person's anus or other orifices, and a number of other atrocities. He also noted the number of violations of UN Resolutions that Iraq has undertaken. He concluded by stating that not since Hitler and not since Stalin have we seen so much evil delivered by one man. In one of those speeches, Congressman Ryan asserted that Iraq had amassed a large cache of chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction and is aggressively seeking nuclear weapons.

A year after military action in Iraq began, Congresman Ryan supported a resolution that affirmed that the United States and the world have been made safer with the removal of Saddam Hussein and his regime from power in Iraq and commended the Iraqi people for their diligence and their passage of a constitution.

In November of 2005, Congressman Ryan spoke on the House floor in opposition to legislation to require an immediate withdrawal from Iraq. In that speech, he asserted that it would be a huge mistake to make their withdrawal based on an arbitrary date, rather than conditions-based, and that pulling our troops out now is akin to surrender and would be a fateful blunder.

In the summer of 2006, Congressman Ryan spoke on the House floor and tied the war in Iraq to the overall war on terror. He noted that the war on terror had to be won so that attacks were not continued in the US. He asserted that if Democracy was established in Iraq, the war on terror would be won.

In 2007 and 2008, Congressman Ryan voted against a series of pieces of legislation all designed to require a withdrawal of troops from Iraq by a certain date or within a given amount of time. 

In 2007, Congressman Ryan supported the surge strategy in Iraq and cautioned against removing support for the troops while they were attempting to complete operations in that nation. He did agree that the strategy in Iraq had failed up to that date, but that the surge should be given a chance to succeed.

 

Authorization for the Use of Force

In October of 2002, Congressman Ryan spoke on the House floor in support of the resolution to grant the authorization for the use of force. In that speech, Congressman Ryan read from a book on Iraq by an expert on Iraq. In concluding the speech, Congressman Ryan asserts that not since Hitler and not since Stalin have we seen so much evil delivered by one man - Saddam Hussein. He also asserts that Hussein has amassed a large cache of chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction and is aggressively seeking nuclear weapons. 

The next day, Congressman Ryan again spoke on the House floor in support of the resolution. He read another exert from the same book and noted all of the UN violations that have occured under Saadam.

 

 

Attacks Show Need for Vigilance

In March of 2004, Congressman Ryan issued a press statement noting his view that recent attacks in Bagdad and Spain prove that there is a need to continue the fight in Iraq. He notes his support for a resolution affirming that Iraq is better off without Saddam Hussein.

 

Response to Ending Forces in Iraq

In November of 2005, Congressman Ryan spoke on the House floor in opposition to legislation to require an immediate withdraw from Iraq. 

 

If Iraq Becomes Free, They Lose

In June of 2006, Congressman Ryan spoke on the House floor concerning the issue of Iraq. He assered that if Iraq becomes free, the terrorists lose. He also ties the war in Iraq to the overall war on terror.

 

 

Response to Presidential Address on Surge

In January of 2007 Congressman Ryan responded to President Ryan's announcement of a surge by stating that he agreed that the strategy in Iraq was failing and stated that we should look closely at the new strategy before condemning or praising the plan.

 

Further Support for the Surge

In February of 2007, Congressman Ryan spoke on the House floor in opposition to a resolution that disapproved of the surge in Iraq. While he states that he has not been happy with what has been happening in Iraq and how the war has been managed, it is not the time to pull the troops.

 

Reaction to Testimony by Crocker and Petraus

In September of 2007, Congressman Ryan released a press statement noting his reaction to testimony by General Petraus and General Crocker in which he expresses disappoint at the lack of political progress in Iraq and a desire to see the number of troops there lessened.

 

Opposition to Time Table Bill

In November of 2007, Congressman Ryan issued a press statement noting his opposition to recent legislation to impose a time table for withdrawal within the funding bill for Iraq.

 

Official Website Statements

 

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. Paul Ryan voted against this resolution, and therefore supported the surge.

Paul Ryan 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. Paul Ryan voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

Paul Ryan 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. Paul Ryan voted against the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Paul Ryan 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. Paul Ryan voted against the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Paul Ryan 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. Paul Ryan voted against this resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

Paul Ryan 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. Paul Ryan voted against withdrawing troops in 180 days.

Paul Ryan 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. Paul Ryan voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq.

Paul Ryan voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

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