Foreign Policy and National Security
The United States can and should be a driving force around the world for freedom, human rights, and peace. This does not mean we should turn first to war and violence. Too many times, our first response to a foreign policy problem has been military action. Unilateral military interventions are counterproductive to our strategic goals and prolong violence and suffering. I support working together with the international community to find thoughtful diplomatic solutions for the complex issues facing our world.
I opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and I continue to oppose the broad authorization of military force that has operated as a blank check for military use for 15 years. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will push for diplomatic solutions, increased foreign assistance, and the need to conduct robust congressional oversight. I support innovative responses to 21st century national security threats.
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Read my op-ed in The New York Times on U.S. involvement in the unconstitutional war in Yemen.
Read my op-ed in The Los Angeles Times on developing a 21st century foreign policy.
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Santa Clara, CA. – In light of new CNN exclusive reporting that found the U.S. has made weapons linked to Yemen deaths since at least 2015, Rep. Khanna issued the below statement:
WASHINGTON ― A group of House Democrats is preparing a new bid to force the Trump administration and U.S. partners Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to rein in a devastating military campaign that has caused thousands of deaths in Yemen.
Washington, DC – In light of the bombing of a school bus full of innocent Yemeni children by Saudi Arabian forces and the Saudi-led coalition’s escalating airstrikes, Rep.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna lead a letter, signed by more than thirty Members of Congress, to Secretary of State Pompeo to urge an unequivocal condemnation of the crackdown on women’s rights advocates in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and publicly call for their immediate and unconditional release.
Washington, DC – In light of recent news that a Saudi-led coalition has launched air raids on Yemen’s port in Hodeidah, Rep. Ro Khanna issued the following statement:
“I will be monitoring the situation and act accordingly. An escalation of military hostilities in Hodeida is unacceptable and puts 250,000 lives at risk.”
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna clarified his vote on H.R. 6157, the fiscal year 2019 (FY19) Department of Defense Appropriations Act, in the Congressional Record. His statement follows below:
Personal Explanation by
The Honorable Ro Khanna
June 28, 2018
CAIRO (AP) — The 15 officers who arrived at the prison in southern Yemen hid their faces behind headdresses, but their accents were clearly foreign — from the United Arab Emirates. They lined up the detainees and ordered them to undress and lie down. The officers then searched the anal cavity of each prisoner, claiming that they were looking for contraband cellphones.
The men screamed and wept. Those who resisted were threatened by barking dogs and beaten until they bled.
“8 million teeter on the brink of famine. America is complicit,” warned the headline for a Washington Post editorial on June 13, as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates launched a military assault on Hodeida, the major port city in Yemen, despite pleas from relief agencies and the United Nations. The United States provided diplomatic cover and military intelligence for this catastrophic attack on the lifeline for nearly 80 percent of Yemen’s food imports.