Jindal, Congressman meets Rumsfeld, discusses defence matters
WASHINGTON, January 21 2005
Freshman Congressman Bobby Jindal met US Defence Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld to emphasise the "strategic role"
Louisiana state plays in America's war against terror. The
Indian American, elected Republican from Louisiana in last
November's elections, organised a meeting for new Republicans
on the Hill on the eve of President George W. Bush's second
Jindal said he had organised Wednesday's meeting with Rumsfeld
as he wanted his colleagues to be briefed by the defence secretary
early on in the 109th Congress.
"The US faces a number of challenges to its military
that are being addressed as we take office and it is important
for us to be fully informed as we go to work," Jindal
"I wanted to make sure my colleagues and I had an opportunity
to speak with representatives of Department of Defence, Secretary
Rumsfeld especially." Jindal had sought the appointment
and initiated Wednesday's trip to the Pentagon, his staff
The briefing, which took place at the Pentagon, covered a
variety of topics including the 'war on terror' and the modernisation
of the military to fight the new, non-conventional enemy,
his office said.
"I am committed to maintaining the power and strength
of America's military," Jindal asserted.
A release from his Capitol Hill office said the briefing
gave Congressman Jindal the opportunity to speak with Secretary
Rumsfeld and his top aides, including the chiefs, "about
protecting the military's presence in the state of Louisiana
to enhance the strategic role Louisiana plays in the war against
In all his pronouncements, Jindal makes sure to put his state
front and centre, playing to his constituents in the first
district of Louisiana.
"Louisiana is proud of our bases and proud of the men
and women in uniform who call our state home," Jindal
"I think Louisiana plays a strategic role in the nation's
war against terror, and it is important for our nation's security
that we maintain that activity."
"This opportunity to speak with Secretary Rumsfeld allowed
me to relay to him that feeling and to relay to him that I
will be a tireless fighter in the protection of our current
bases through the Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) process,
our shipbuilding responsibilities, and the many other roles
Louisiana assumes in this battle."