Tulsi: Military Strike in Syria a Mistake

War is hell. But, as a soldier and combat veteran, I know it is sometimes necessary.

I've experienced firsthand the high cost of war. Serving in Iraq in 2005, part of my job was to go through a daily list of our Hawai`i troops who had been injured or killed the previous day. I worked to make sure these brave men and women and their families had what they needed. I saw the horrors of injury and death. I came home from my yearlong deployment resolved that I would do whatever I could to prevent my brothers and sisters in uniform from going to war, unless absolutely necessary to defend our nation.

The proposal and arguments for a limited strike promise us a short conflict with no American boots on ground. But history has taught us again and again that conflicts in the Middle East are never simple, neat, or clean. Intervention of this sort requires a high bar for me to support -- that it is in our nation's security, diplomatic and moral interest.

The proposed intervention in Syria does not meet this test. I spent the last week with an open mind, examined the evidence, heard the Administration's arguments, and participated in Foreign Affairs committee meetings with Secretary of State John Kerry, Vice President Joe Biden, General Martin Dempsey, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, I listened to classified briefings and studied the evidence that was presented.

I have concluded that intervention in Syria goes against America's national security, international credibility, economic interest, and moral center.

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