John Cornyn on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Nov 09, 2010

Summary

Since coming to the Senate in 2003, Senator Cornyn has been a vocal supporter of the war in Iraq. In 2003, he released numerous press statements noting that there was a clear choice in Iraq and that Saddam Hussein's time was up. He stated that the choice is clear: "We either allow terrorists like Saddam Hussein to continue to build weapons of mass destruction and become more and more dangerous each day, or we act now. We either leave a tyrant like Hussein in power, or allow the Iraqi people to govern themselves in freedom." He noted that the Hussein regime had been given ample time to comply with UN inspections and sanctions and that the UN had been unable to address the situation.

Following the fall of Bagdad to UN forces, Senator Cornyn issued a press statement noting the need for further security in the region and the need for the US to remain in Iraq until the mission was complete. He stated that the people of Iraq are now free.

As the war lagged on, Senator Cornyn continued to support US involvement, calling Democratic criticism "partisan sniping." He stated that "Surely, none of the administration’s critics honestly believe that Iraq was better off before the liberation." He also noted that there was still little evidence to refute the claims that Saddam Hussein was attempting to reconstitute his WMD program.

When the Democratic party began to campaign that the war in Iraq was a distraction from the war on terror, Senator Cornyn refuted the assertion claiming that the assertion flew in the face of the facts: the long litany of terrorist attacks in many different parts of the world, the presence of Al Qaeda forces and allies in Iraq, and what Prime Minister Allawi had said as well.

When the Democrats assumed control of Congress in 2006, Senator Cornyn was highly critical of measures put forth to establish timetables for withdrawal, calling them an embarassment.

In 2008, Senator Cornyn released a press statement noting that the US had fulfilled it's commitments to the people of Iraq and that it was now time for Iraq to assume responsibility for their own security.

 

A Clear Choice in Iraq

In March of 2003, Senator Cornyn released a press statement noting his opinion that there is a clear path in Iraq and that Saddam Hussein had violated UN sanctions numerous times.

 

Saddam Hussein's Time is Up

Days later in 2003, Senator Cornyn released another press statement claiming that Saddam Hussein has been given adequate time to disarm and that action is now required. He released another press statement days later noting that action in Iraq would send a clear message.

 

 

The People of Iraq are Free

In April of 2003, Senator Cornyn released another press statement claiming that the people of Iraq were now free, thanks to the actions of the US.

Days later, he released another press statement noting the need for additional security in Iraq to establish the rule of law and to ensure that the nation comes up with a constitution that is fair to all people.

 

Partisan Sniping on Iraq

In July of 2003, Senator Cornyn issued a press statement stating that the partisan sniping in DC is counter productive to the mission there. He asks if anyone truly believes that Iraq was better off under Saddam Hussein than after liberation.

 

Additional Statements of Support for the War

Throughout the next years, Senator Cornyn released a number of statements showing his support for the war in Iraq. In September of 2003, he noted that Iraq should meet the needs of the residents and not the critics. In October of 2003, he celebrated the six month anniversary of peace in Iraq.

 

Hussein and WMDs

In January of 2004, Senator Cornyn released a press statement noting his belief that Saddam Hussein intended to reconstitute his WMD program despite UN sanctions.

 

Noble Effort to Free Iraq

In April of 2004, Senator Cornyn released a press statement noting that the troops in Iraq were engaged in a noble effort to free the people of Iraq.

 

On the Transfer of Power to Iraq

In June of 2004, Senator Cornyn released a press statement congratulating the people of Iraq on the transition of power to their government.

 

The UN and Iraq

In September of 2004, Senator Cornyn released a press statement noting his belief that if the UN was driving the actions in Iraq, then Saddam Hussein would still be in power. He was critical of representatives campaigning on the notion that more sanctions or threats of sanctions should be used on Iraq.

 

Iraq is Part of the War on Terror

That same month, Senator Cornyn gave a speech on the Senate floor where he noted that those who were saying that Iraq was a diversion from the war on terror are wrong and that Iraq is indeed part of the war on terror.

 

Hussein a Danger to the Region

In September of 2004, Senator Cornyn released a press statement noting a recent report which showed that Saddam Hussein was indeed a threat to the region.

 

Opposition to Timetables for Withdrawal

In March of 2007, Senator Cornyn released a press statement noting his feelings of the Democrats attempts to pass a non-binding resolution to establish a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. He called the resolution micromanagement of the war and referred to it as an embarrassment. Later that month, Senator Cornyn released a second statement calling what the Democrats were doing in Congress with respect to the War in Iraq, "politcal theater."

In April of 2007, Senator Cornyn released two more press statements concerning timetables for withdrawal and the actions taken by Democrats. In one, he referred to timetables for withdrawal as a "surrender date." In the second statement, he referred to comments made by Democrats as irresponsible and wrong.

 

Consequences of Failure

In July of 2007, Senator Cornyn released a press statement noting the consequences of failure in Iraq.

 

Clear Progress in Iraq

In April of 2008, Senator Cornyn released a press statement noting that clear progress had been made in the war in Iraq.

 

Time for Iraq to Pay It's Own Way

In August of 2008, Senator Cornyn released a press statement noting his belief that it was time for Iraq to take responsibility for the reconstruction of it's own nation.

Voting Record

Repealing the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq

In November of 2011, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky proposed an amendment to the yearly defense appropriations act that would have repealed the authorization for the use of force in Iraq. The amendment failed 30-67 with Democrats equally split and a vast majority of Republicans opposing the measure. John Cornyn voted against repealing the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

John Cornyn voted against repealing the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Phased Redeployment

On March 15, 2007, S J Res 9 was put forth in an attempt to convince President Bush to commit to timetable for withdrawal of troops from Iraq. The bill was titled "United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007 - Phased Redeployment" and called upon the President to begin the withdrawal of troops from Iraq within 120 days of the enactment of the legislation, and to have all troops out of Iraq by March 31, 2008. The bill was defeated on roll call 75, which was largely among partisan lines with 1 Republican joining the Democrats and 3 Democrats joining the rest of the Republicans. John Cornyn voted against the phased redployment plan.

John Cornyn voted against the phased redployment plan.

Approval of the Surge Strategy

The second piece of legislation was S 574, and it came up for a vote on February 17 and had two main points of emphasis : the Senate continued to support the troops already on the ground in Iraq; and the Senate disapproved of the President\'s surge strategy. The bill only got 56 of the 60 votes required for cloture. 7 Republicans voted in favor of the legislation while only 1 Democrat sided with the Republicans. 10 Senators cast a "No Vote" (9 R and 1 D). (roll call) John Cornyn voted against the legislation by voting against cloture. This was a vote of support for the surge strategy in Iraq

John Cornyn voted against the legislation by voting against cloture. This was a vote of support for the surge strategy in Iraq

Approval of the Surge Strategy

On January 10, 2007, President Bush announced a "surge" strategy in which 20,000 additional troops would be sent to Iraq to bolster the troops already there. In February of 2007, the US Senate voted on two bills with the purposes of expressing the Senate\'s disapproval of this strategy. S 470 was the first such piece of legislation, and it came up for a vote on the Senate floor on February 5, 2007. Along with expressing the disapproval of the Senate towards the President\'s recently announced strategy, the bill also outlined a series of strategy suggestions for the President. These suggestions included the transfer of equipment to Iraqi officials, the continuing of operations in the Anbar province, and numerous other items. The bill only got 49 of the 60 votes required for cloture. Only 2 members of each party voted with the opposing party with almost all Democrats voting to disapprove the surge and almost all Republicans voting to approve of the strategy by refusing to allow the legislation a cloture vote. (roll call 44). John Cornyn voted against cloture on S470 and therefore supported the surge.

John Cornyn voted against cloture on S470 and therefore supported the surge.

To provide for a reduction and transition of United States forces in Iraq

In September of 2007, the Senate voted on an amendment by Senator Levin to require that all troops begin to be withdrawn within 90 days. The amendment also stated that the troops remaining in Iraq would only be there for the purposes of protecting US personnel and infrastructure. John Cornyn voted against withdrawing the troops within 90 days.

John Cornyn voted against withdrawing the troops within 90 days.

Dwell Time

In September of 2007, the Senate voted on a measure to require US servicemen be stationed at home for an amount of time equal to their deployment time. The measure received a majority of votes, but not the number required to pass. John Cornyn voted against the measure to require equal dwell time.

John Cornyn voted against the measure to require equal dwell time.

Contract Award Overview

Later in the year, the same amendment was introduced into the Senate by Senator Dorgan. This amendment has the same purpose and failed to achieve the needed votes by a simlar margin. John Cornyn voted against the amendment to create the special committee.

John Cornyn voted against the amendment to create the special committee.

Contract Award Overview

In 2005, a series of accidents at military bases in Iraq which were built by US contractors such as Halliburton, prompted Congress to call for investigations into the awarding of contracts. There were two ammendments introduced to separate pieces of legislation to attempt to accomplish the goal of investigating the contract awards process. roll call 228 concerned the Dorgan amendment, and was the first attempt to establish a special committee on the awarding of contracts in Iraq. The amendment failed by a narrow margin in a 53-44 vote. John Cornyn voted against the amendment to create the special committee.

John Cornyn voted against the amendment to create the special committee.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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

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