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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Charlie Dent to Report on Middle East Tour Today

LV Congressman Charlie Dent is currently winding up a tour of Afghanistan, Georgia, Lebanon and Pakistan. Over the years, I've learned he has a real passion for foreign affairs. At Penn State, he earned a degree in Foreign Service & International Politics, and has developed a surprising knowledge and understanding of international security. A few years ago, he actually called me from Islamabad, and spent the first 15 minutes regaling me with tales of the desolate landscape of Afghanistan and the brightly decorated buses so common in Pakistan. The hotel he called from was hit with a bomb attack about a year after that conversation.

His most recent tour has included meetings with American military and diplomatic officials, including Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; General David Petraeus, Commander of the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan; and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. He also participated in meetings with the Prime Ministers of Georgia, Lebanon, and Pakistan.

Can Lebanon, caught in the crossfire between Israel and Hezbollah, ever find peace? His district is full of Lebanese expatriates who have fled the violence to start new lives here.

Is the Russian Bear violating terms of a cease fire with Georgia by deploying sophisticated missile-defense systems in the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as claimed by Prime Minister Nika Gilauri?

Is there a danger that failure in Afghanistan will result in a Taliban takeover in Pakistan, a nation of 170 million people and 90 nuclear warheads?

Will Vladimir Putin please put on a shirt?

Congressman Dent will be speaking to the media today, and I'll try to pose those questions.


Anonymous said...

so does Charlie Dent join his right wing friend in burning the Kuran?

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Bernie O'Hare said...

Yeah, it's not as flashy as a fundraiser with Biden at the Blue, but our combat troops like seeing their Congressmen and Dent always brings them packages from the Blue Star mothers.

Anonymous said...

but he'll support the right wingers that burn the Koran and put troops in danger.

Anonymous said...

Now that makes my blood boil --

"Anonymous said...
but he'll support the right wingers that burn the Koran and put troops in danger."

The troops are over there not because of ultra-nationalist preachers in Florida, but because of insurgent Islam, which SAYS it wants to take over the world and kill all who do not agree. And when our troops are killed and maimed it is these vermin who kill and maim them, not ultra-nationalist Christian preachers in Florida.

Anonymous said...

Just like building the mosque where it offends so many, it's fine to torch lots of Korans.

Dent should paraphrase Barry and say he defends the right of those who burn Korans, even if he questions their wisdom in doing so.

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