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Bonamici Statement on Conflict with Iran

January 3, 2020


The events in Iraq over the past few days are deeply troubling. The Trump administration must present its rationale for recent military actions to Congress, a co-equal branch that directly represents the American people. The President and his national security team have not articulated a long-term strategy. They have neither justified the risky and inflammatory action they have already taken nor demonstrated that they are pursuing the best course of action to keep our troops and our country safe. A great strength of the United States is the ability to show restraint when provoked. I urge the President to stop escalating this confrontation with Iran and avoid starting another futile war that Congress has not authorized.