I’ve fought in war. The cost is always high. It’s never something that should be looked at with casual consideration by Congress.

Afghanistan is now America’s longest war in history. We’ve been there almost two decades and we’ve long since accomplished our mission to depose the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks. Sons and daughters should not have to fight the wars of their fathers. And I believe it’s time to bring our sons and daughters home.

I agree with President Trump, we have to deal with geopolitical threats like ISIS swiftly and with overwhelming force. But we must say no to endless war and those who advocate for it.

America has a unique place in the world. We can shine as beacon of liberty and justice that other nations seek to emulate. But we fall short of that ideal role when we reduce our foreign policy mission to simply acting as a global police force or defending the interests of other nations.

We can’t afford to close ourselves off from the world, we cannot be isolationists who don’t participate on the world stage. We should always seek to talk with and trade with our global neighbors. We must exhaust diplomacy when conflict arises.

If we must go to war, it must be done as the founders intended. War requires congressional authorization, and should only be declared in defense of our nation and our citizens.

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