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John J. Duncan, Jr.

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Syria Intervention is a Mistake: US Can't Run Entire Middle East

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The same people that got us into a very unnecessary war in Iraq are now clamoring for military action in Syria.

These same people that have opposed us getting out of Afghanistan, even though our troops have been there more than three times longer than World War II, now demand action in Syria.

These same people seem to want us to be at war in almost every country in the Middle East even though things are worse now than when we started fighting there many years ago.

Surely we have learned a very costly lesson after spending trillions of US taxpayer dollars and losing thousands of American lives that we cannot run the Middle East.
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A Return to the Peace Party

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A few weeks ago, I spoke to about 200 people at the famous Willard Hotel in Washington in a program put on by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. I had been told that this was a group of CEOs and owners of major companies in Southern California, obviously a very upper-income group.

I got to a point in my speech where I said: “It is long past the time when we need to stop trying to run the whole world and start putting our own people and our own Country first once again.”

Much to my surprise, the audience broke into applause. Middle- and lower-income groups have applauded when I have said similar things in my district and around the country. But many upper-income people claim to be moderates, and, contrary to popular belief, conservatives lose most very wealthy areas two-to-one or worse.

I have spoken to a very wide variety of groups in Washington, around the country, and in my district, and I have gotten an overwhelmingly positive response every time I have said that it has been a horrible mistake to spend trillions on unnecessary wars in the Middle East.
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