1. Support the Troops - bring them home now
Our endless wars in foreign countries create more and more enemies.
The so-called "War on Terror," which was declared by President Ronald Reagan in July, 1985 and then re-declared by President George W. Bush after 9/11/2001, has been a tremendous failure. Every time the US invades a country to attack al Qaeda, ISIS, or some other terrorist organization, we end up killing so many civilians that the number of terrorists increases. It's like playing "whack-a-mole" where three moles pop up somewhere else after you whack one. By now, the typical Afghan, the typical Syrian and the typical Iraqi feel they're being terrorized and attacked by two hostile forces: ISIS and the US Government. Millions of people in the Middle East firmly believe that the CIA founded ISIS, and they might (or might not) be right.
Hassan Abbas wrote an article in The Atlantic titled "How Drones Create More Terrorists: Militants take advantage of fearful communities to draw new recruits."
You can find the article here.
Also, millions of people, including me, regard our military invasions as illegal aggression, which is the supreme international crime, and we end up with more and more enemies. Military empires always go bankrupt and collapse when they make too many enemies and start too many wars, even if each enemy is small. And Iran is not small. The U.S. is stoking the fires of anti-American hatred by maintaining about 1,000 military bases all around the world and assassinating foreign military leaders and innocent civilians. All of the world's other countries combined have only about 30 military bases outside their own countries.
Peace is my top priority, and it's not even on Andy Barr's list. He has always been a reckless, vicious, pro-war, ignorant neocon, and as such, he supports all U.S. military actions that the Pentagon supports - even if they're illegal. Here's what Barr tweeted on January 2, 2020: "The @DeptofDefense has confirmed that Iranian terrorist Qassem Soleimani — Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force and Shiite insurgency leader responsible for the killing of hundreds of Americans in Iraq — was killed in Baghdad tonight by a U.S. airstrike." And: "This decisive response to Iranian-supported aggression against our Embassy in Baghdad is a massive victory for our Armed Forces, our Intelligence Community and the United States of America." What the President's impulsive order actually did was start a shooting war against Iran that might go on for the next 30 years and bankrupt the U.S. Treasury.
Conclusion: Andy Barr is a clear & present danger to our troops, our economy and our national security.
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