Sen. Gary Peters: U.S. Military Objectives Aren’t Clear

Photo Courtesy of the Office of Gary Peters

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)

Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) says there needs to be more communication between the White House and Congress on military actions overseas. On Thursday, U.S. forces struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in Eastern Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear weapon the military has ever used in combat.

Peters says the administration has not consulted with Congress on any military strategy in the Middle East.

If this was a use of the weapon in order to deal with entrenched forced that would present a threat to American servicemen and women who are serving in Afghanistan, certainly that type of activity would be warranted. But, certainly, Congress should be informed,” said Peters. 

Peters says America’s military objectives aren’t clear.

To me, we don’t have a foreign policy strategy right now – or, if there is one, it seems to depend on the week and the day. And that’s not a way for our country to act if we intend to continue to be a leader in the world.”

Peters, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, says he has not been briefed yet on this week’s bombing in Afghanistan.

Image credit: Michael Ference Jr./WDET

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