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Sam Johnson lauds aggressive tactics to root out terrorists in Iraq

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Washington, Jan 11, 2007 | McCall Avery ((202) 225-4201) | comments
Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (3rd Dist.-Texas) released the following statement after the President of the United States addressed the nation to spotlight aggressive new tactics in the war against terrorism.
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Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (3rd Dist.-Texas) released the following statement after the President of the United States addressed the nation to spotlight aggressive new tactics in the war against terrorism.

A 29-year Air Force veteran, Johnson flew combat missions in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars.  Shot down on his 25th mission during his second tour of duty, Johnson spent nearly seven years as a Prisoner of War in Vietnam, more than half of that time in solitary confinement.

On Tuesday, Johnson joined a handful of Members of Congress to meet with President George W. Bush in the White House.  The President detailed his action plan for Iraq.

Johnson represents portions of Dallas and Collin Counties in North Texas.

“This week I had the distinct honor to meet with the President at the White House.  I had the opportunity to hear him share his solutions for aggressively rooting out terrorism in Iraq.

“I respect the President for listening to others and I must give him credit for examining his policies, upping the ante, and changing the rules of engagement.  We’ll finally be getting help from the Iraqi government to hunt down insurgents.  As a former fighter pilot, I support his resolve to boost firepower and increase manpower.  

“More important, as a former Prisoner of War, it’s heartening to see that no matter if people live in a Red State or Blue, or like donkeys or elephants, Americans support the troops 110%!  It’s critical for mission success that the troops know that we Americans respect and admire our men and women in uniform.  

“Our nation remains free because of the sacrifices of brave and selfless men and women in our armed forces – and their families too.  I know freedom isn’t free – and I salute them all for their hard work and sacrifices.”

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