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We will not needlessly put our service members at risk

The developments unfolding in the Middle East are unsettling. Right now, we risk further escalation of armed conflict and permanent diplomatic damage. Iranian missile strikes on U.S. bases in Iraq demonstrate the urgency for us to regain the upper hand by showing restraint.

Diplomacy is critical: Iraq is our host country, they do not want to be caught in the crossfire between us and Iran.

Moreover, we need our friends and allies behind us to ensure the safety of our service members. We should not needlessly risk the safety of our military personnel and diplomats by ratcheting up tensions with Iran.

The United States has a significant military advantage over Iran. However, we cannot afford to behave recklessly and dismantle our cooperative progress against ISIS.

Upon taking office, the administration tore up a diplomatic agreement that, while imperfect, was working to constrain the Iranian nuclear program.

Right now Americans are asking relevant questions: what is the strategy? What is the plan for the region? How do the administration's actions promote national security and American interests?

I oppose war with Iran and will work with my colleagues in Congress to get answers from the Trump administration and hold them accountable.


Posted on January 9, 2020.