National Security

I ran for Congress in 2006 as a pro-peace candidate.  When I was asked “when should we withdraw from Afghanistan?” I answered “a long time ago.”

I support ending the wars in the Middle East and bringing our troops home as soon as safely possible.   

The goals of expelling al-Qaeda and overthrowing the Taliban were accomplished years ago. It took about a thousand Special Forces troops to overthrow the Taliban in 2001.  Why did we need a hundred times that number to keep them out?

Instead of spending billions on the other side of the world, we can spend that money here to rebuild America. We simply can no longer afford these wars. The American people are tired of wars that do not make us safer.

According to a Nobel Prize-winning economist, the war in Iraq cost us around 8% of our national net worth, accumulated over two centuries.  Right now, we are spending more than two billion dollars each day on the military, which is more than $2000 for every man, woman and child in America each year.  This is why I named my bill to cut back on wasteful military spending "The War is Making You Poor Act.”

In Congress, I held the only hearing on the innocent victims of drone warfare, including hundreds of children.  The testimony was so disturbing that the drone attacks in Pakistan stopped for one year.  As we used to say in the Sixties, “war is not good for children and other living things.”