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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.

Click here to learn more about the bills that I introduced and cosponsored.

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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March 19, 2018 Press Release

As the Senate is expected to debate S.J. Res. 54, a resolution to force the first-ever Senate debate and vote to remove U.S. Armed Forces from unauthorized hostilities, Rep. Khanna, member of the House Armed Services committee and sponsor of H.Con.Res. 81, a resolution closely resembling the Senate version, issued the following statement:

February 2, 2018 In The News

Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna sat down with ABC7 News' Larry Beil to discuss his thoughts on the GOP memo that was released on Friday.

The contents of the controversial Republican memo alleging abuses of government surveillance powers at the FBI and Justice Department have been debated, and now the American public is now be able to read them in detail.

February 2, 2018 Press Release

Santa Clara, CA – In response to the release of the Nuclear Review Posture, Rep. Ro Khanna of the House Armed Service Committee issued the below statement:

January 23, 2018 In The News

As if more evidence were needed that there are distressingly few, if any, grown-ups presently

working within the confines of the West Wing, the final days of 2017 saw the emergence of several reports that the Trump administration is considering launching a preemptive attack on North Korea.

January 23, 2018 In The News

The U.S. Congress has proposed a bill to prohibit the government from conducting any preemptive strikes against North Korea.

A group of 65 lawmakers — led by U.S. Representative for California, Ro Khanna — submitted the bill named "No Unconstitutional Strike Against North Korea Act," last week, according to Congress.

The bill is under review from military committees of Congress.

January 19, 2018 In The News

Dozens of lawmakers sent a letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to reestablish military-to-military contact with North Korea in order to prevent any miscalculations that could evolve into "a great conflict, including nuclear war."

The letter, signed by 32 Democrats and one Republican, said: "We write to request the reestablishment of military-to-military communication between the United States and North Korea. The U.S. should do all in its power to avoid misunderstandings that could escalate to a great conflict, including nuclear war."

January 18, 2018 Ro's Op-Eds

San Francisco Chronicle

The false missile alert in Hawaii on Saturday reminds us that miscalculation and human error are major risks that can escalate to war. Fortunately, recent events offer hope for diplomacy in the Korean Peninsula.

January 18, 2018 In The News

More than 30 lawmakers are calling on President Trump to reestablish military-to-military communications with North Korea.

“The U.S. should do all in its power to avoid misunderstandings that could escalate to a greater conflict, including nuclear war,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Trump on Thursday.

January 18, 2018 In The News

DRIVING THE DAY — CONGRESS HURTLES TOWARD A SHUTDOWN, write POLITICO’s Burgess Everett, John Bresnahan and Rachael Bade: “Congress is careening toward the first shutdown in more than four years, with Republicans and Democrats at a seemingly intractable impasse over government funding and the fates of young immigrants facing deportation.

January 3, 2018 In The News

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) called on Wednesday for lawmakers to pass a measure barring President Trump from launching a preemptive nuclear strike on North Korea without congressional approval.

Khanna's comments followed Trump's claim on Tuesday that the U.S. has a "much bigger" and "more powerful" nuclear arsenal than that of North Korea, after that country's leader, Kim Jong Un, said that he has a nuclear launch button on the desk in his office.