To the Editor:
Thank you, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, for showing some restraint on foreign policy, specifically in regard to the civil war in Yemen. It is not our job to stabilize or destabilize every country in the world.
The bill she supported would require getting soldiers out of Yemen within 30 days in absence of congressional authorization. No longer would we assist the Hadi regime in bombing Houthi rebels. Do you know who Hadi or the Houthis are? Did you know we had a presence in Yemen? Do you even know where Yemen is?
The founders wanted Congress to have a say in foreign policy, which is why article 1 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war. No president should have unlimited power in an undeclared war.
When Trump ran for president, he ran on a less interventionist foreign policy! This was something that had broad support and was, in many ways, contrary to the conventional “wisdom” of the neoconservative-led Republican Party. Not only did he defeat about 16 Republicans in the primary, but he managed to win three states that hadn’t voted Republican in a presidential election since the 1980s.
Clearly, voters were expecting a different kind of Republican. Therefore, it is disappointing to see Trump backtrack on troop withdrawal in Syria, even consider having a coup in Venezuela, put troops in Yemen, and pack his cabinet with Bush era war hawks. Maybe Lauren Underwood should talk to Trump.