Post 9/11 Vets In Congress Bring Important Background To Debate On War Against ISIS

As Congress debates whether to authorize President Barack Obama’s war plan to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, … Continued

As Congress debates whether to authorize President Barack Obama’s war plan to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the 26 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in Congress offer a vital perspective to the issue, bringing first-hand knowledge of war — against a familiar enemy — to the table.

“One of the reasons I ran for Congress was to make sure we didn’t repeat the mistakes of the past, of going into war without a clear strategy,” Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii and an Iraq war veteran, told the New York Times.

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