Ending the War in Afghanistan
Every election cycle, we hear empty promises from the Washington politicians about supporting our veterans, but very few take the time to actually listen to what they have to say.
Today, huge majorities of American veterans say the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting and fear we are about to be drawn into new disastrous Middle East wars. And they are right to fear this because, despite opposition from our military, the Washington DC establishment wants to launch new regime change wars in Syria and Iran; all while our fellow Mainers have been left behind in Afghanistan, fighting the eighteenth year of the longest war in American history.
Our youngest soldiers on those desert battlefields weren't even alive during the September 11th attacks. Every conspirator who attacked America on 9/11 has been captured or is deceased. Yet our men and women in uniform continue being sent to fight and die on far-away sand dunes. We owe our soldiers better than this.
But the Washington politicians sit on their hands. They demonstrate neither the courage to bring our troops home, nor the honor to justify why our soldiers must remain in harm's way.
We can stand up for our troops and end the War in Afghanistan. Doing so requires a concerted effort in Congress to push back against the entrenched war-profiteer lobby.
22 American veterans commit suicide every day
When I listen to Maine veterans returning home, many speak about the struggles they face. Many say they worry about those left behind, still fighting. Some speak with regret of being thrust into combat, not knowing if the enemies are jihadists or simply farmers who want them out of their country. Many speak of the night terrors they face, the strain on their families and failures of our veteran healthcare system to provide anything but pills to numb their pain. All the while across America, 22 veterans commit suicide every day.
Congress is complicit
The U.S. Constitution empowers Congress to declare war and peace. Yet few in Congress have the backbone to stand up for our soldiers. The most sacred constitutional duty is to decide where and when to send our children off to war, and Congress has effectively handed this power over to unelected bureaucrats and special interests. This is unacceptable.
As your Maine Congressman, I will not rest until all our troops are safely home and every promise made to them is fulfilled.