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As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since 1993, I have consistently worked to ensure that U.S. foreign policy enhances our national security by promoting stability, prosperity and basic human rights around the world.

I opposed the resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq, and since the war in Iraq began I have repeatedly pressed the Administration to provide a clear strategy in Iraq. In June 2005, I became the first Senator to introduce a resolution calling on the President to provide a flexible timeframe for achieving his military goals in Iraq and subsequently withdrawing U.S. troops. More recently, I called on Congress to use its power of the purse to put an end to our involvement in the Iraq war. By passing legislation to end funds for the war in six months’ time, Congress can force the President to safely redeploy our troops out of Iraq. Redeployment will allow us to fix this administration’s failed Iraq-centric foreign policy and refocus our resources on threats from terrorist networks around the world.

The fight against global terrorism is our highest national security priority. I supported legislation authorizing the use of force against those responsible for the September 11th attacks, but I also recognize that a successful response to the terrorist threat requires a multi-faceted approach, not one that only relies on our military. In 2008, I gave a series of three speeches to explore how the United States can conduct a post 9-11 foreign policy in our interconnected and interdependent world that strengthens our long term national security and advances the interests, values, and aspirations of the American people.

As the Chairman and a long-time member of the Subcommittee on African Affairs, I have led a number of congressional efforts to recognize sub-Saharan Africa's vast potential and to seriously address the region's conflicts, public health crises, and governance problems.

View a timeline on my efforts to fix our flawed Iraq policy.


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