The Middle East is a hot cauldron continually threatening to boil over.
It is a mistake to funnel arms into centuries-old conflicts.
There is no great certainty that the arms we send into the Middle East will not one day be used against our soldiers. In fact, there is a real threat that someday our young soldiers will be sent to fight against the very weapons Congress sends today.
Thursday’s vote is not directly about selling arms to Saudi Arabia, but indirectly the vote is about the wisdom of proliferating arms in the Middle East.
Thursday’s vote is specifically about disapproving U.S. arms sales to Qatar and Bahrain.
The facts are not contested. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Bahrain have allowed U.S. arms to be funneled to radical Islamist groups throughout the Middle East.
Dumping more weapons into the Middle East won’t get us any closer to peace.
This week the Senate will vote on a pair of resolutions that would put a halt on future weapons sales to Bahrain and Qatar. I hope that every senator will vote to support S.J. Res. 20 and 26 which would stop the arms race. I strongly urge all my colleagues to vote “Yes.?Dumping more weapons into the Middle East won’t get us any closer to peace.
A “yes?vote is a vote for sanity.
A “yes?vote is a vote to quit sending arms to human rights abusers.
A “yes?vote is a vote against aiding and abetting the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
A “yes?vote is a vote for finally restoring Congress?proper role as a check on executive power.
Our Founding Fathers were wary of granting presidents too much power.
James Madison wrote that the executive is the branch of government “most prone?to war. Therefore, the Constitution, “with studied care,?granted the power to declare war to Congress.
I urge a “yes?vote to help restore a semblance of the Separation of Powers necessary to preserve our great republic.
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