Congressman Blumenauer believes that the United States needs a proactive agenda to address conflict and terrorism. Those extremists who have attacked us in New York and Virginia, as well as our allies from Madrid to Bali, and continue to try to harm Americans because of an implacable ideology of hate must be confronted and defeated. But the broader struggle for security can only be won by dealing with the political conditions that extremists exploit to gain the sympathy of their communities and recruit new followers.
We must undertake the difficult, yet critical, task of engaging directly and honestly with Iran and Syria, despite their often destructive and destabilizing roles. The lack of serious diplomatic relationships strengthens those who seek chaos and isolation, while leaving the U.S. with fewer levers of influence and more blind spots than we can afford. It is also past time for greater United States involvement to advance the vision of a secure Israel and an independent Palestinian state living side by side through serious negotiations leading towards a final status agreement.
Congressman Blumenauer was also a staunch and early opponent of the Iraq War.