Jim’s top priority is keeping Americans safe.
At times, American foreign policy choices have led to decisions that have ultimately not made us safe, like the disastrous 2003 Iraq War that Jim vigorously opposed.
The Iraq War cost way too much in American lives and distracted our focus from Afghanistan and finding Osama Bin Laden. The resulting instability has left the United States in the middle of a religious conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims and given rise to ISIS.
The war, paid for with borrowed money, also put significant pressures on our long term debt and short term deficits, and will continue to have significant budget consequences for the foreseeable future. It also put pressures on our VA system that must be addressed.
While there is a role for Americans to fight alongside other nations to address global conflicts, Jim believes we must move beyond a time where we are involved in wars of choice, like Iraq, rather than limiting our actions to those that are key to our national interest and security, like Afghanistan after 9/11.
In the U.S. Senate, Jim will be a voice for using all the tools of diplomacy in the pursuit of peace – including ensuring we only have trade deals that provide an equal playing field for American workers and enhance our exports – and work to end U.S. military involvement in wars that our not ours to fight, as doing so can make matters worse and ultimately leave our country less safe.