Murphy Returns From Trip To Middle East, Warns Against \”American Solution To Every International Problem\”

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\"MurphyU.S. Senator Chris Murphy recently returned from a week-long trip to the Syrian border, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the U.S. military base in Germany.

In a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon, Murphy pointed to multiple countries he visited to warn against using U.S. military money to respond to all international conflicts.

\”I think that there has often been a desire to find an American solution to every international problem,\” said Murphy. \”As we discovered in Iraq we often let our hopes get far ahead of reality…it simply feeds one side of a civil war.\”

The senator  emphasized the importance of withdrawal from Afghanistan and challenged recent calls for increased U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war. Citing a better understanding of the nature of the opposition after visiting Turkey refugee camps and traveling to the Syrian border, Murphy said:

\”There is a humanitarian imperative there. I do not think it\’s clear yet that we have a national security imperative.\”

The senator described himself as \”very hesitant to put military money on the ground in Syria. He said if U.S. military dollars are going to be used, they should \”lead to a result that makes the situation better not worse.\”

The trip, Murphy said, confirmed his position on withdrawal from Afghanistan and made him realize the Afghan military \”is finally up to the task.\”

Joining Murphy were three other freshman senators and one Congressman. The group included Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat who voted against gun control.

\”It was a trip that involved many very long plane flights,\” said Murphy who declined to give details but said he and his colleague had several conversations about gun control. \”Whether they will bear any fruit or not I can\’t tell you but we certainly spent a lot of time talking,\” he said.

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5 thoughts on “Murphy Returns From Trip To Middle East, Warns Against \”American Solution To Every International Problem\”

  1. Kim

    Murphy is right to be concerned about American solutions for every problem – just look at his contribution to the gun violence issue. If he or anyone else calls THAT a ‘solution’, I’ve got a bridge to sell them.

  2. johngaltwhereru

    When Murphy denounces and American solution to every International problem, does he include our monetary Foreign Aid among the unnecessary American Solutions?

    This is the first, and probably the last issue on which I will ever agree with Murphy. Now if he could only expand that thinking into warning against a Government solution to every American problem…never mind.

  3. Sharpshooter

    Once again, the least experienced man in the room comes forward with his observations on what makes this country great. The world is much safer when the U.S. takes a leading role in foreign policy….just look what Obama has done and now we have ‘junior’ running around underscoring the same crap….

    1. Kim

      murphy is a simple mind desperate to be relevant. Something he has in common with Blumenthal.

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