Iraq & Afghanistan
Just to be clear, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan were completely unrelated. America’s involvement in Afghanistan was related to the 9/11 attacks. However, the conflict in Afghanistan has been a complete disaster. We did not need to get involved in yet another costly invasion and occupation there. Rather, our response to the 9/11 attacks should have been surgically implemented via special forces working in concert with aerial reconnaissance.
On the other hand, the conflict in Iraq was completely based on bad intelligence and involved the invasion of a sovereign country that had no relationship with the terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks. Ultimately, however, both Iraq and Afghanistan have been costly, bloody confrontations that have little but create more terrorist havens, drain our resources, and embolden our enemies by giving them fodder for their propaganda machines.
In the case of Afghanistan, when it became evident that Bin Laden was the mastermind behind the horrific 9/11 attacks and he was finding refuge in Afghanistan, I supported sending our commandos there to capture or kill him. This was our ONLY goal and now that this goal has been met, it’s time for us to return home as soon as possible. As your congressman, I pledge to vote to return our troops home from Afghanistan-- as soon as safely possible.
In the case of Iraq, the G. W. Bush administration accused Saddam Hussein of possession and concealment of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and, based upon that accusation, convinced the United Nations (UN) and US Congress to go to war with Iraq. I believe that we were too quick to judge the Iraqi regime and therefore too quick to jump into a war that should have never started. I’m thrilled that we are finally out of Iraq. Too many of our brave young men and women of the armed forces of our United States made the ultimate sacrifice and too many more returned home physically and psychologically injured due to this grave misadventure. This was an unnecessary war that I really wish I was able to stop from ever starting.
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 People. She 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