East Texas Congressman Talks About Visit To Middle East

Congressman Louie Gohmert says Texas troops in Iraq are in good spirits as the restoration there continues. During his recent visit there, the congressman says the election has not only invigorated U.S. troops, but also the Iraqi people. Gohmert also met with wounded soldiers in Germany.

In a interview Tuesday morning, Congressman Gohmert talked about the recent elections and about how long U.S. troops will remain in Iraq.

"The election brought new vigor to their job and to them.  They're seeing cooperation from people and appreciation. We flew out to Fallujah and Tikrit in helicopters and to see the little kids coming out raising their arms, they're just glad to see us," says Congressman Gohmert. He adds, "We expect sometime soon that we're going to be seeing the gradual troop withdrawal that's expected but it's a big mistake. The Sunni leaders and Shiite leaders we talked to said please don't telegraph when you're leaving, just make clear you'll be here until we have our government set up."

A Texas soldier gave Gohmert a flag that was flown in five different wars. He says the flag will have a special place in Washington.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com