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(Katherine) Harris visits Iraq hot zones (Report & Photo of recent trip)
The Longboat Observer (Sarasota, FL) ^ | Feb. 17, 2006 | Roger Drouin

Posted on 04/20/2006 9:58:32 AM PDT by JulieRNR21

Harris visits Iraq hot zones

Congresswoman says infrastructure improvements and Iraqi-American cooperation are most noticeable changes.

During a recent trip to Iraq, U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Longboat Key, met one-on-one with a small group of Florida soldiers in the Middle East.

Harris said one soldier told her to let the military experts fight the war and decide when to withdraw troops.

"He told me, 'Don't take us out before we can finish;" Harris said. "That is the one thing the troops say when I am alone with them:'

The five-day trip to Iraq, Israel and Jordan reaffirmed the pro-war congresswoman's stance. If elected to U.S. Senate, her persistent opposition to an early withdrawal of troops could prove decisive in .close votes.

Harris first visited Iraq in 2002.

During an interview. with The Longboat Observer Friday, the day after her return, she talked about improved cooperation between Iraqis and American troops and signs of progress. The congresswoman also conceded there is still a strong insurgent presence, and the constant threat of violence is preventing contractors from going to Iraq to help rebuild infrastructure.

Harris visited Tall Mar, previously a hostile insurgent stronghold where troops were shot at while delivering supplies to a hospital, and stayed overnight in Baghdad, where it is common for members of Congress to visit but off limits for extended stays.

For Harris, recent changes in Tall Mar, the small city north of Mosul that was run by insurgents and al-Qaida fighters since the outbreak of war, is an example of how Iraqis and American soldiers can restore control across the country.

"The Iraqi people got tired of finding police officers beheaded in the street, and they rose up;' said Harris.

A newly formed force of American-trained Iraqi police launched a campaign to regain control of the city and captured 900 insurgents and killed 1,200 more, she said.

The effort to restore control of the city took six months of violence, and residents, with the assistance of American soldiers, are now working to rebuild water and electrical infrastructures and important buildings.

"They want a. change; they don't want to live under tyranny anymore;' Harris said.

Throughout the region, she said, Iraqis are waiting in lines to join police forces, even as suicide bombers are targeting training centers, leaving dozens of new officers dead. Even more important to strategic victory, Iraqis are feeding valuable intelligence to American troops.

Harris returned from the trip Thursday evening and on Friday morning spoke to a small group of parents from Manatee and Sarasota counties who have sons and daughters serving overseas.

Harris meets with parents of troops at least monthly, if her schedule allows. Monday's low-key get-together took place at a secluded conference room at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, a company that sells and markets Anheuser-Busch products throughout South­west Florida. No media were present.

Harris said parents echo what the troops are saying. "People who have lost sons and daughters tell us they don't want their sacrifice to be in vain."

Asked what she thinks about critics who have said the Iraqi people are unable buy into a long-term form of democracy, Harris answered, "People who make that prognosis don't know the culture there:'

She said it will be difficult to get Iraq's three different religious sects to embrace a new form of government, but in the end, "Freedom is a better way than tyranny:” Harris emphasized that the main mission of the war is to fight terrorism.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: conservatives; electionloser; florida; gnfi; iraq; katherineharris; republicans; senatecandidate; troops; ussenate; waronterror
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Congresswoman Katherine Harris meets with troops from Florida who are serving in Iraq.
(Note: date on photo is not date of her visit which was in February)


1 posted on 04/20/2006 9:58:34 AM PDT by JulieRNR21
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To: JulieRNR21

I'll bet no one had to be forced to show up to that get together.


2 posted on 04/20/2006 10:01:33 AM PDT by gate2wire
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To: JulieRNR21

Was this story actually published in February, or did you make a typo?


3 posted on 04/20/2006 10:01:42 AM PDT by MineralMan (non-evangelical atheist)
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To: samantha

See this?


4 posted on 04/20/2006 10:01:50 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The Democrat Party. For those who value slogans over solutions.)
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To: JulieRNR21

Your link doesn't go with this story, I'm afraid. Could you fix that, so I can visit the actual story?


5 posted on 04/20/2006 10:03:02 AM PDT by MineralMan (non-evangelical atheist)
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To: MinuteGal; NautiNurse; alloysteel; Joe Brower; summer; Coop; FRONTLINER; pleikumud; ...

I had to scan this article as it was not available online at the newspaper website.

The author gave me persission to post it.

Freeper Dolly Cali helped me to post the photo!

Excerpt:

Harris returned from the trip Thursday evening and on Friday morning spoke to a small group of parents from Manatee and Sarasota counties who have sons and daughters serving overseas.

Harris meets with parents of troops at least monthly, if her schedule allows. Monday's low-key get-together took place at a secluded conference room at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, a company that sells and markets Anheuser-Busch products throughout South­west Florida. No media were present.

Harris said parents echo what the troops are saying. "People who have lost sons and daughters tell us they don't want their sacrifice to be in vain."


6 posted on 04/20/2006 10:05:27 AM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Katherine Harris is 'In It to Win It' .....Go here: http://www.electharris.org/)
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To: JulieRNR21

Good for KH - someone who actually went to see for herself.


7 posted on 04/20/2006 10:06:51 AM PDT by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: MineralMan

No typo....the story appeared in the Feb.17 edition of a small hometown paper. It took me a long time to track down the author, get permission for posting and then get it scanned.

The photo also required time to access and get into fromat for posting.


8 posted on 04/20/2006 10:08:28 AM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Katherine Harris is 'In It to Win It' .....Go here: http://www.electharris.org/)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...
Florida Freeper


9 posted on 04/20/2006 10:08:47 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism. *NRA*)
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To: DollyCali; Billie; Diver Dave; The Mayor; LadyX; MEG33; ST.LOUIE1; snugs; dutchess; Mama_Bear; ...

Special thanks to my Finest Freeper Friend DollyCali for her help in posting this photo of Congresswoman Harris with our troops in Iraq!


10 posted on 04/20/2006 10:14:01 AM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Katherine Harris is 'In It to Win It' .....Go here: http://www.electharris.org/)
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To: patriciaruth; ALOHA RONNIE; M Kehoe; Mach9; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; MeekOneGOP; backhoe; ...

Excerpt:

Congresswoman says infrastructure improvements and Iraqi-American cooperation are most noticeable changes.

During a recent trip to Iraq, U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Longboat Key, met one-on-one with a small group of Florida soldiers in the Middle East.

Harris said one soldier told her to let the military experts fight the war and decide when to withdraw troops.

"He told me, 'Don't take us out before we can finish;" Harris said. "That is the one thing the troops say when I am alone with them:'

The five-day trip to Iraq, Israel and Jordan reaffirmed the pro-war congresswoman's stance. If elected to U.S. Senate, her persistent opposition to an early withdrawal of troops could prove decisive in .close votes.


11 posted on 04/20/2006 10:20:06 AM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Katherine Harris is 'In It to Win It' .....Go here: http://www.electharris.org/)
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To: JulieRNR21

And how many of the sitting senators have bothered their little selves to pay a visit to our soldiers? Oh, they are glued to their seats so they can't move, or speak, or solve any real problems...


12 posted on 04/20/2006 10:23:55 AM PDT by Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin
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To: Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin

Exactly ....and how many meet with parents of those serving?

Excerpts:

"Harris returned from the trip Thursday evening and on Friday morning spoke to a small group of parents from Manatee and Sarasota counties who have sons and daughters serving overseas.

Harris meets with parents of troops at least monthly, if her schedule allows."

Harris said parents echo what the troops are saying. "People who have lost sons and daughters tell us they don't want their sacrifice to be in vain."


13 posted on 04/20/2006 10:29:16 AM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Katherine Harris is 'In It to Win It' .....Go here: http://www.electharris.org/)
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To: Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin

And how many of the sitting senators have bothered their little selves to pay a visit to our soldiers?

According to the source linked below, 37 senators have visited the troops in Iraq, part of over 200 Congress folks from both houses who have been there:

http://www.house.gov/shays/news/2004/may/maycq.htm


14 posted on 04/20/2006 10:30:48 AM PDT by MineralMan (non-evangelical atheist)
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To: MineralMan

Sorry this is a very small newspaper group. They got the interview with Congresswoman Harris because it is her 'hometown paper'. The report is not on the paper's website.

She deeply respects the privacy of the troops' families and no reporters are permitted at her meetings with the families.

I had to get permission from the author (who was hard to locate) then scan the article in so it could be posted.


15 posted on 04/20/2006 10:35:09 AM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Katherine Harris is 'In It to Win It' .....Go here: http://www.electharris.org/)
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To: JulieRNR21

OK. I just like to go to the original source. Thanks for explaining.


16 posted on 04/20/2006 10:38:19 AM PDT by MineralMan (non-evangelical atheist)
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To: JulieRNR21

This is inspirational, Julie.
We join you, Ms. Harris, in thanking and appreciating our awesome U.S. troops!


17 posted on 04/20/2006 10:48:39 AM PDT by La Enchiladita (God Bless Our Troops...including U.S. Border Patrol, America's First Line of Defense)
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To: JulieRNR21

Lt is getting a bit familiar with the lady.


18 posted on 04/20/2006 11:01:14 AM PDT by TankerKC (Sorry I missed the protest, I had to work.)
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To: JulieRNR21
That is a great article & a great picture!
19 posted on 04/20/2006 11:22:16 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (She left suds in the bucket, And the clothes hangin' out on the line)
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To: JulieRNR21

BUMP! Great job!


20 posted on 04/20/2006 11:29:54 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: JulieRNR21
BUT SHE CAN'T WIN!! HER CAMPAIGN IS IN FLAMES!

Great pic, Julie...

21 posted on 04/20/2006 11:38:35 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Remove card rapidly)
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To: JulieRNR21
""People who have lost sons and daughters tell us they don't want their sacrifice to be in vain.""

Of course they don't and WE won't allow it. Neither will Catherine.

22 posted on 04/20/2006 12:30:55 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US!)
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To: goresalooza; marc costanzo; bill1952

The pleasure of your company is requested on this thread.


23 posted on 04/20/2006 12:49:06 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Katherine Harris is 'In It to Win It' .....Go here: http://www.electharris.org/)
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To: JulieRNR21

I can't vote for Ms. Harris, but I know Longboat Key. I used to live in Florida.

That Key is just north of Sarasota. Big Yacht Club there. Very rich people in an exclusive area.

Is she making any headway with her campaign yet?


24 posted on 04/20/2006 12:50:14 PM PDT by Supernatural (When they come a wull staun ma groon, Staun ma groon al nae be afraid)
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To: Supernatural

Good for her but I'd rather vote for Belinda Noah she supports meaningful tax reform.


25 posted on 04/20/2006 12:53:01 PM PDT by TheKidster
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To: JulieRNR21

Thanks Julie...I will definitely be pushing for Harris to win the senate seat in NOV. Actually, I'll be voting for whomever opposes Nelson. We have to get rid of that neoMarxist once and for all. I don't know yet who it will be for sure but I do like Harris and hope she triumphs if we have a primary...not sure what our GOP is doing yet.

Great story! Thanks...:)


26 posted on 04/20/2006 12:55:45 PM PDT by goresalooza (Nurses Rock!)
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To: JulieRNR21
Freeper Dolly Cali helped me to post the photo

Are the military ranks photo shopped our to be PC, or does the military now conceal the rank of the troops?

27 posted on 04/20/2006 1:16:28 PM PDT by itsahoot (Any country that does not control its borders, is not a country. Ronald Reagan)
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To: JulieRNR21

Seems I remember a February '06 Fl Today article relating Iraq differences between Bill Nelson and Katherine.

He sees the war as "a mess" ; she sees successes.


28 posted on 04/20/2006 1:50:26 PM PDT by Phyllis
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To: JulieRNR21

Texas bump for Harris!


29 posted on 04/20/2006 2:03:28 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: JulieRNR21

Dear Julie, there seems to be a typo here; >Harris first visited Iraq in 2002< ?


30 posted on 04/20/2006 2:21:36 PM PDT by marc costanzo ("The Only Poll That Counts, is the one at the Ballot Box" - Truman)
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To: JulieRNR21

Yes, the photo of Rep Katherine Harris with American Military Personnel is excellent .


31 posted on 04/20/2006 2:23:53 PM PDT by marc costanzo ("The Only Poll That Counts, is the one at the Ballot Box" - Truman)
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To: JulieRNR21

bttt


32 posted on 04/20/2006 2:38:39 PM PDT by Matchett-PI ( "History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid." -- Dwight Eisenhower)
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To: marc costanzo

That is correct......2002 was her first visit.


33 posted on 04/20/2006 3:12:31 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Katherine Harris is 'In It to Win It' .....Go here: http://www.electharris.org/)
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To: JulieRNR21; snugs

WELL DONE!


I am pinging snugs so she can have K's pic with the soldiers in her photobucket.


34 posted on 04/20/2006 3:15:22 PM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: JulieRNR21; DollyCali
Thank you so much for all the hard work that went in to getting this posted.

What really comes through is Katherine's deep respect and appreciation for the troops and their families.

Unlike Nelson, who spouts the Dem "quagmire" talking points, Katherine acknowledges the progress being made as well as the existing challenges.

She supports the troops AND THEIR MISSION.She's on America's side, Nelson is not.

35 posted on 04/20/2006 5:19:38 PM PDT by smoothsailing (NEVER FORGET-Don't be Murtha'd again)
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To: JulieRNR21

I don't see the wooden indian in that picture. Go get'em Katherine!


36 posted on 04/20/2006 5:51:09 PM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Everyday brings a new reason to distrust Hillary Clinton.)
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To: JulieRNR21

Where's the Hillary symbol behind her back?

Don't these soldiers know she cost Al Gore the presidency?

/sarcoff


37 posted on 04/20/2006 6:07:21 PM PDT by usmcobra (Those that are incited to violence by the sight of OUR flag are the enemies of this nation.)
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To: Joe Brower
With the religious divisions in Iraq it is incomprehensible to me why we did not PUSH adoption of a Bill of Rights closely following ours to their constitution. Freedom of press, religion, association for starters. If any country needs a 1st Amendment - the Iraqis do. Reminder bump for call to Ms Harris. I don't want our sacrifices to entrench another islamic mullahocracy.
You can put me on your FL ping list if you have time ... ;-)
38 posted on 04/20/2006 6:18:59 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: jmaroneps37; JulieRNR21
I don't see the wooden indian in that picture.


39 posted on 04/20/2006 6:48:06 PM PDT by NautiNurse
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To: gate2wire

I agree.


40 posted on 04/20/2006 6:51:46 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: MNJohnnie

I did now.....


41 posted on 04/20/2006 7:17:21 PM PDT by samantha (cheer up, the adults are in charge! Soldier in Bucket Brigade Reporting for Duty.)
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To: JulieRNR21
Great article. Katherine Harris is an outstanding congresswoman and I know she is going to make one great Senator when she beats Nelson in November.
42 posted on 04/20/2006 8:22:06 PM PDT by FloridianBushFan (I support National Security. I SUPPORT HR4437)
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To: ducks1944; Ragtime Cowgirl; Alamo-Girl; ziggy_dlo; TrueBeliever9; maestro; TEXOKIE; My back yard; ..
Congresswoman says infrastructure improvements and Iraqi-American cooperation are most noticeable changes.

During a recent trip to Iraq, U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Longboat Key, met one-on-one with a small group of Florida soldiers in the Middle East.

Harris said one soldier told her to let the military experts fight the war and decide when to withdraw troops.

"He told me, 'Don't take us out before we can finish;" Harris said. "That is the one thing the troops say when I am alone with them:'

43 posted on 04/20/2006 8:25:43 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia
BTTT! (See my post #35)
44 posted on 04/20/2006 8:33:38 PM PDT by smoothsailing (NEVER FORGET-Don't be Murtha'd again)
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To: JulieRNR21; smoothsailing

bump!


45 posted on 04/20/2006 8:35:20 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

Thanks for the ping!


46 posted on 04/20/2006 9:10:11 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: JulieRNR21

Okay, will ping the list of troop supporters. This isn't exactly what I normally do pings for, but as I am a supporter of Congresswoman Harris' bid for the Senate seat, I'll bend my rules here.

Last week I sent her the fourth check. Promised her one every 3 months starting last Fall.

I just like her as a person. She's got a head on her shoulders.


47 posted on 04/21/2006 3:14:30 AM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: Abigail Adams; AIC; airborne; AirForceBrat23; Alamo-Girl; ALOHA RONNIE; angelsonmyside; apackof2; ..

JulieRNR21 requested a ping for this news of troop visit to Tall Mar.

Anybody know where that is?


48 posted on 04/21/2006 3:16:44 AM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: floriduh voter

Ping


49 posted on 04/21/2006 3:34:02 AM PDT by BykrBayb ("We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest.")
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To: JulieRNR21; patriciaruth

WOW! What a great picture of America's finest, Katherine Harris included.

Thanks for the ping.


50 posted on 04/21/2006 4:41:55 AM PDT by PGalt
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