Germany Japan & Other Rich Allies

America should be proud to have so many allies around the world, and our close relationship with Germany and Japan are a testament to humankind’s ability to forgive and rebuild trust after the devastation of World War II. In fact, these former enemies have entrusted the United States with the awesome responsibility of providing for their national security.

This responsibility doesn't come cheap, however, as America must spend untold billions of dollars to maintain bases, personnel, and weaponry in order to protect Germany, Japan, and several other countries. Although many countries allied with America cannot afford to share this financial burden, there are also several countries-- particularly Germany and Japan-- which are more than capable of sharing the costs associated with maintaining American forces overseas.  

Accordingly, it’s imperative that we require our rich allies to contribute a greater share of these costs. It’s simply unfair to expect otherwise, and given America’s precarious fiscal position we cannot afford to continue paying enormous sums of money for these national security services. Of course, it’s also in America’s interests to protect our close allies, so it’s only fair that we continue to share this financial burden alongside Germany, Japan, and other rich allies. However, our relationship with these countries must be put on a more equal footing, and as your congressman I will fight hard to make sure our rich allies are paying their fair share.

By putting our defense partnerships with these countries on a more equal relationship, it will not only alleviate the enormous burden on our budget, but also strengthen our relationship with these important allies. America will no longer feel like we’re being duped, and these countries will be more committed to mutual defense because they have a greater stake in their alliance with America.

As a result, the governments of Germany and Japan will invest more to ensure their own militaries are combat-ready instead of relying on America for all their security needs. Moreover, the people of these countries will have more pride in their military and develop a more favorable view of America. By putting our relationship with these close allies on a more equal footing, people on both sides of the relationship will have more respect for each other and these crucial alliances will grow stronger, thereby enhancing both America’s national security and global security.

As your congressman, I look forward to using my expertise in foreign policy to champion legislation which requires Germany, Japan, and other rich allies to shoulder a greater share of mutual defense costs. In doing so, America will not only improve our fiscal position, but also strengthen both national and international security.

My opponent, Mimi Walters, supported YES on authorizing military force in Iraq (Bill sponsored by Hastert, R-IL; Bill HJRes114). Walters supported YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date (Resolution on Prevailing in the Global War on Terror; Bill HRES 861). Walters supported NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days (Out of Iraq Caucus bill; Bill H R 2237). Walters supported NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq (The Kucinich Privilege Resolution; Bill H.RES.1258). Walters voted NO on Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action; Bill sponsored by Boehner, R-OH; Bill H R 3461). I’m certain, if given the chance, she will also vote for an unnecessary war with Iran. She did not care what lies were put before us by the Bush administration and did not want them investigated. She feels that our presence in Iraq is part of our war on terror and that we should be there permanently. Walters is and has been out of touch with WE the People. Another great Republican President and World War II hero, by the name of General Eisenhower, warned us that our government is in bed with the military industrial complex. Walters receives contributions to her campaign from the military industrial complex regularly and feels obligated to work for them, instead of WE the PeopleShe is working for her Wall Street and Billionaire Class campaign contributors. See which industries are Walters' largest contributors here!

Walters’s Voting/Support Record:

  • YES on authorizing military force in Iraq (Bill sponsored by Hastert, R-IL; Bill HJRes114)
  • YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date (Resolution on Prevailing in the Global War on Terror; Bill HRES 861)
  • NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days (Out of Iraq Caucus bill; Bill H R 2237)
  • NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq (The Kucinich Privilege Resolution; Bill H.RES.1258)
  • NO on Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action; Bill sponsored by Boehner, R-OH; Bill H R 3461)
  • NOT standing up for WE the People

Varasteh’s Congressional Pledge:

  • Diplomacy over War in Iran’s case and all other future potential conflicts
  • Remove our troops, as soon as safely possible, in Afghanistan’s case and many other countries we currently occupy
  • Cut unnecessary waste in our military spending
  • Standing up for WE the People
  • Not for sale