An Illinois congressman is trying to keep the United States out of war. U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Chicago) says wars are costly in dollars, in terms of paying for troops and weapons, and there’s a cost beyond that. “The real deal is that wars not only cost money, but they also cost lives, and the destruction of lives, of people, of countries, of communities,” he said.
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Davis is always concerned about saber-rattling, even against a country such as North Korea or Syria or Iran that has threatened the United States, or Russia, which invaded Ukraine and against which some experts are urging the U.S. to threaten action. Most recently, it is insurgents in Iraq that have given an opening for the U.S. to engage in combat, but it hasn’t happened.
Davis says he’s pleased we’ve gotten out of Iraq and are on the way out of Afghanistan, with no new wars taking their place. “I’ve always felt that we could find – if we tried hard enough –peaceful solutions to some of the conflicts that exist in our world,” he said.