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Tensions in the Middle East are increasing. From Iraq to Iran to Syria, the region is witnessing high levels of violence and instability. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a mistake, and I supported President Obama’s decision to move forward with a responsible withdrawal. Moving forward we need to ensure our country is safe and be a leader in the world while balancing all of this with the cost of war in lives and treasure.

Currently, we face a serious and dangerous threat from the terrorists and murderers who call themselves the Islamic State. We must stop these barbarians while working with the newly formed Iraqi government and Kurdish forces to eliminate threats posed to the U.S.