Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss (File photo)
November 30, 2004
Moultrie-- Senator Saxby Chambliss says it was the most memorable Thanksgiving ever. He left Iraq with optimism about our military and the future of the war torn country in the Middle East.
Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss ate Thanksgiving diner with deployed troops. A taste of freedom that the Iraqi people will hopefully understand after elections.
"It will also improve the morale of the Iraqi people. They don't really understand freedom over there, they've never lived under freedom," said the Senator.
But terrorists are trying to interrupt that freedom. They are using not only violence, but intimidation to target free Iraq supporters."They are now telling those folks, if you continue to do that, we are going to kill you or your family, your wife and children-- and in some instances we've seen that to be very effective."
But the Senator says the terrorists haven't been effective when it comes to tearing down our troops' morale. He visited the injured."Every instance they will look at you in the eye, with tubes coming out of them and say 'We are doing the right thing over there and I can't wait to get out of this hospital to go back to Iraq and be with my buddies.'"
Senator Chambliss says it's critical that Iraq continues with the January 30th elections. It will send a strong signal to terrorists that will break them down and build Iraq up.
Senator Chambliss says the biggest challenge in Iraq is to develop the Iraqi mindset on what democracy will do for their people and their country, like education and economic development.