As a veteran of Afghan and Iraqi combat operations, I have firsthand knowledge of and care deeply about the turmoil in the Middle East.
For the sake of national and international security, the United States must continue to maintain diplomatic ties and push for democratic reforms in the region. We must also continue incentivizing the advancement and protection of human rights for the people of the Middle East.
I am also deeply concerned about Iran’s hostile actions. Another war in the region could be disastrous for the United States, Israel and its neighbors. The security of the United States requires that we fully commit to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
With respect to Israel, Israel is one of our strongest democratic allies in the region; Israel needs our support and help to promote peace with its neighbors. Stability and security in the Middle East is in the best interest of region, the United States, and our allies around the world.