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What we know

During this time of confusion and escalation in the Middle East, I want to share what I know to be true:

  • The Constitution requires Congressional approval to initiate military interventions. Congress did not authorize a war with Iran.
  • Political leaders and American families on both sides of the political spectrum agree: we do not want to be involved in a war with Iran.
  • There's no disputing that Qasem Soleimani was a brutal military commander — but U.S. acts of aggression may further destabilize the region, threaten what progress we've made in combating ISIS, damage our diplomatic relationships, and lead to war.

I am tired of these endless wars.

Right now, we have a generation of young people who haven't known a world without our country at war. We have a president acting on impulse and without a clear plan. But we still have an opportunity to do right by military families and service members by de-escalating the situation.

I am working alongside my colleagues in Congress to determine what is going on, and what needs to be done to protect our country, our troops, and our international alliances.


Posted on January 8, 2020.

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Jim McGovern represents the 2nd District of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has earned a national reputation as a tireless advocate for his district and as a champion for food security, human rights, campaign finance reform, social justice and peace.

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