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First, allow me to state the obvious: there is a crisis in the Middle East. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are brutally murdering hundreds of people in their attempts to gain control of the region. This past week, with the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley, we suddenly became deeply affected by what is occurring.
My heart is heavy for those who are impacted by the actions of ISIS militants. Christians and Yazidis are being directly targeted and executed solely on the basis of their beliefs. Yet the recent situation in Ferguson along with other domestic concerns has driven our attention away from these actions.
We have allowed our government to mishandle circumstances in the Middle East for too long. Part of it is the fact that many of us are too worried about our own trepidations about what is going on here at home and in our daily lives. But we must realize that continuing to exacerbate problems in the Middle East will ultimately come to haunt us if the problem is not addressed.
I understand that this is a very volatile and complex situation. Members of our government were led to believe that weapons of mass destruction existed in a place they did not, and this has made the situation much worse. We were forced into a misguided war that has proved costly in terms of loss of life and financial resources for our nation.
I believe we must urge President Obama to call Congress to reconvene immediately to vote on whether further military action should be taken in Iraq. The American people are understandably extremely weary of sending our troops back into harm’s way for yet another war. It is time we have a national debate about the costs and benefits of sending American sons and daughters back into the Middle East.
The United States has long taken the position that it is our duty to protect innocent civilians and human rights for people all over the world. While I am fully in favor of continuing this practice when necessary, we must also understand what is associated with another war in Iraq.
Congress has long hailed President Obama as someone who consistently undermines its authority by taking executive action whenever he is presented with the opportunity. Now is the time for Congress to suspend their vacation and put their money where their mouth is in terms of the future of our military involvement in the region. One way or another, I believe our brave men and women of the United States military deserve it.
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