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Antiwar Congressional Candidates 2020

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In September 2018, I wrote an article about four women who were running for Congress in four separate districts, each speaking against wars and militarism in highly unusual ways. They later all won their elections, joined together, and called themselves a squad. Since taking office, they've all been far superior to the average Congress member, and often been real standouts.

Who are likely to be the big-party, general-election, antiwar candidates in 2020? It's possible that there will be more than four. If you know of any prospects I haven't heard about, please let me know. Here are the ones I have heard about:

INCUMBENTS

Ilhan Omar, Minnesota's Fifth District
Ro Khanna, California's Seventeenth District
Rashida Tlaib, Michigan's Thirteenth District
Ayanna Pressley, Massachusetts' Seventh District
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York's Fourteenth District

CHALLENGERS

Jamaal Bowman, New York's Sixteenth District:

Bowman has said, "My opponent, Representative Eliot Engel, and I do not share the same foreign policy vision. He voted for one of the worst policy disasters of my lifetime an unjust and costly 2 trillion dollar war in Iraq. He voted against President Obama's signature foreign policy achievement which put a lid on Iran's nuclear program. He went on CNN this past year and said he didn't want to tie Trump's hands when it came to strikes on Iran. He was one of only 16 House Democrats in 2016 to vote against an amendment that blocked the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia which has been relentlessly dropping them on Yemeni civilians. My opponent accepts donations from corporations and arms manufacturers like Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon. He supports a hawkish and costly foreign policy agenda instead of focusing on the communities in our district that have been neglected for far too long. We must dramatically reduce the Pentagon's budget over the next ten years, end the forever wars, and rebuild a diplomacy-first approach through the State Department. We have been in Afghanistan for 19 years, in Iraq for 17 years, and in Syria for five years. Congress must reassert its authority to bring our troops home."

Arati Kreibich, New Jersey's Fifth District:

She proposes to "put a stop to the endless wars and turn the focus of the international community to building peace and fighting climate change." Kreibich proposes to redirect military spending to human needs, going so far as to suggest that the latter should be be funded more than militarism.

Mckayla Wilkes, Maryland's Fifth District:

Wilkes proposes using the War Powers Resolution to end U.S. participation in the war on Yemen, and moving at least $200 billion out of military spending, as well as "massively increasing funding for foreign aid programs, especially in regions victimized by unjust American military interventions."

Michael Owens, Georgia's Thirteenth District:

Here's a bit of his platform.

  • "Focus on rebuilding trust by partnering with our allies and the United Nations.
  • "Strengthen the State Department and take a diplomacy-first stance to solving international conflict with a balanced approach to intervention as a last resort.
  • "Immediately end funding to the Saudi war in Yemen."

Mark Gamba, Oregon's Fifth District:

Remarkably, Gamba proposes that the United States obey international laws and end its wars. He recommends a major shift of resources out of war profiteering and into human and environmental needs. Gamba connects the issues by pointing out that "the U.S. military is the largest organized polluter in the world," and noting that investing in diplomacy saves money (as well as lives).

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David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for the online (more...)
 
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