End Forever Wars and No Destabilizing Other Countries
War and military aggression should be a last resort - not a first step. Solomon believes that America should not contribute to the destabilization of countries. The destabilization contributes to the global refugee crisis, immeasurable suffering, and furthering the cycle of extremism.
America must stop using its military to intervene in a united capacity. Any intervention must be made in a multi-country coalition framework, preferably with the backing of the United Nations.
Right now, America’s military is engaged in numerous interventions across the Middle East and Africa. Congress, who is constitutionally delegated the power to declare war, is not in control of these interventions because of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists - a problematic law passed in the fear surrounding the 9/11 attacks. Instead, the executive branch commands our military to intervene in various foreign conflicts. Acts of military aggression should be taken very seriously, and Congress must take back the power to declare war that the Constitution grants them.
America’s strategy in the wars in the Middle East have not worked. Right now, military contractors are the only beneficiaries of the chaotic corruption. We must work to end the “forever wars” in the Middle East.
America’s military budget is bloated. We are spending unjustifiable amounts of money on war machines, but neglecting to take care of our troops and veterans. We need to work to decrease military waste, and increase the care we give to those who sacrifice so much for our freedom.
Solomon also supports the closure of Guantanamo Bay. There is a lack of transparency and a troublesome history embedded in that facility. He will work to ensure that America stays true to its fundamental values. We know torture (or “enhanced interrogation”) and abuse are not effective strategies for eliciting information.