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Rep. Schrader: No more U.S. “go it alone” in the Middle East

Rep. Kurt Schrader D-Oregon File photo

Rep. Kurt Schrader
D-Oregon
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Schrader releases principles on use of force in Syria

My fellow Oregonians are tired of endless wars in the middle east. It is time for a new strategy to fight terrorists in that region. A new authorization for the use of military force should contain the following:

* Training for a limited period of time to allow Congress to consider its appropriateness and effectiveness given new circumstances.

* No boots on the ground beyond special forces to assist in targeting of terror organizations.

I will not be supporting any action that could lead us into another endless period of war. Additionally, I cannot be supportive of an effort that does not include the vocal and public support of other nations in the region. Even the appearance of the US “going it alone” guarantees this effort will become a jihadist recruiting tool.

The constitution puts the authority to declare war with Congress. It is far past time for Congress to reassert its authority as the policy making body in our government. Any open ended use of force authorization for this President, or any other, limits Congress’ ability to do its job.

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