ICYMI: Crenshaw and Gallagher Make the Case Against Isolationism in WSJ Op-ed
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Dan Crenshaw (TX-02) and Mike Gallagher (WI-08) co-authored an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal warning against an isolationist approach to foreign policy and urging the Trump administration to stay the course in Syria and Afghanistan. Both men served in the military; Crenshaw as a Navy SEAL and Gallagher as a Marine.
Below is an excerpt from the op-ed. Click here to read the full op-ed.
Troops in the Mideast Keep Terror Away
By Congressmen Dan Crenshaw and Mike Gallagher
Isolationism is attractive in theory when it comes to the Middle East. As the narrative goes, America leaves terrorist groups alone to fight in far-off lands like Syria and Afghanistan, and focuses on what matters at home. Isolationism appeals to a sense of humility, giving us the moral high ground by purporting to care about what matters most: home.
But if we care about what matters at home, we must recognize that “far-off lands” no longer exist. An ISIS terrorist can reach American soil after a 12-hour flight. Ideology travels even faster, weaponizing the internet to influence vulnerable Americans and resulting in attacks like San Bernardino in 2015 and Orlando in 2016. The world has become a small, interconnected place, and America ignores it at our peril…