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A Pretty Typical Week

Since I wrote last week’s blog, I’ve been quite busy representing you in Washington.  Here’s a taste of some of the things I’ve been involved in over the past week.  (Keep in mind that I’m a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.)

I attended a classified briefing along with quite a few other members of the House in which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates briefed Congress on their strategy in Libya.  (Even though it was classified, you could learn 99.99% of what we heard by watching the news.) 

I attended a dinner at which New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was the keynote speaker.  (One of the best speeches I’ve heard in quite some time.)  I joined some of my new freshmen Republican colleagues to hear former House Speaker Newt Gingrich opine on most major issues facing our nation.  (Newt’s one of the smartest guys I’ve served in Congress with – he didn’t announce whether he’ll run for President in 2012.  My guess is, he will.)

I met in my office with Adel Aljubeir, the Ambassador to the United States from Saudi Arabia.  (We talked mostly about fighting terrorism, the uprisings throughout the Middle East, and of course – oil.)  I also met with Antoine Chedid, the Ambassador to the United States from Lebanon.  I emphasized to the Ambassador that future aid from the United States may well be at risk if the terrorist organization Hezbollah continues to play a significant role in their government.  (It’s my view that the U.S.

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The Lions and the Wildebeests

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a big fan of Animal Planet-type nature shows – Big Cat Diary, etc. When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to see Wild Cargo (we’re going back pretty far now!)

I always found it fascinating how a lion pride would lie in wait, intently watching as the wildebeests would lumber along in front of them.

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Gitmo

As I’m writing this week’s blog, I’m on a military flight on my way back from Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay, Cuba). I’m on a Codel (Congressional Delegation) consisting of Republican Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts (who replaced Senator Ted Kennedy), Democratic Congressman Albio Sires of New Jersey, myself, and a few military personnel and staff.

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Democrats Say the Darndest Things

There are an awful lot of outrageous things that people in government and politics have said recently.  And I thought it might be fun to point a few of them out, and comment accordingly. 

First of all, I think it’s safe to say that most Americans aren’t particularly happy with the direction that gas prices have been going in recent months.  And even though they’re too high here in America, most people realize that they’re even higher in Europe – much higher. 

Well, here’s what the guy President Obama appointed to be in charge of our U.S.

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