Wednesday night at 7pm, at the Library of Congress, I will be speaking as part of a panel on the topic “Freedom, Security and America’s Role in the World.” Senator Rand Paul will be on the panel as well.
If you can come out to join us, please do. For those not in DC, the event will be live-streaming Wednesday at 7pm as well.
My position is clear:
While for much of our history America did well by not going out in search of monsters, our turn away from that policy has produced very poor results for the United States. As part of the final act of the Iraq War, assigned to the last of the reconstruction teams, I saw first-hand how unneeded, unfocused foreign intervention took lives, wasted our economy and created the perception of America the bully boy, not America the necessary policeman. The results in Afghanistan 12 years on, chaotic Libya and across the Middle East cry out for more thought and caution, even as the U.S. deliberates on whether to intervene in Syria, once again lacking unambiguous strategic goals, meaningful multi-lateral support and a clear nexus between our actions and our nation’s true needs.
Hope to see you there!
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