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Tim Kaine Leads Conference on National Defense and Intelligence

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine is traveling back to Washington from Charlottesville after leading the University of Virginia's first Conference on National Defense and Intelligence.

It was a timely talk considering the violence in Iraq. The senator spoke to nearly 200 military contractors and experts in defense and intelligence during Monday's conference at the UVA Darden School of Business, which focused on advancements in national security technology happening here in Virginia.

Kaine expects the White House to work with congressional leaders soon to hash out a plan for possible U.S. military intervention in Iraq. Kaine serves on the armed services committee, and says he does not expect the U.S. to get involved in the Iraqi conflict alone.

“We need to be working with the regional partners allies always to stop civil wars and provide humanitarian relief for people who are suffering,” he said. “We have to be careful about going in by ourselves to try to bail out a government that kicked us out basically and a government that has marginalized huge swaths of the Iraqi population.”

Kaine says that could involve working with America's longtime foe, Iran. He stresses the need for the U.S. to work with Syria to reduce tensions in that country, saying violence there is spilling over into Iraq.

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