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Rep. John Lewis on U.S. Drone Strike

January 5, 2020
Press Release

“The security of our nation and our friends and allies around the world should be above partisan politics.

“It is irresponsible to endanger the safety and well-being of our servicemen and women and countless innocent civilians without congressional authorization.  In particular, the administration’s failure to comply with notification standards and protocols on such a grave and serious matter are unacceptable.

“At a time when our nation is already engaged in seemingly endless wars, yesterday's strike was unconscionable.  Many times, I warned that war is bloody, costly, and destroys the hopes and dreams of a generation.   Failure to learn from the lessons of history means that we are doomed to repeat mistakes of the past.

“For many, this is a disconcerting way to begin a new decade and a New Year.  I want to be clear in my unequivocal condemnation of yesterday’s unauthorized military strike.  I will do all I can to urge for a peaceful, diplomatic, multilateral deescalation of this administration’s most recent, preventable, and unnecessary emergency.”