Boise, Idaho – Rep. Tammy Nichols, R-Middleton, and former Congressman Larry LaRocco, D-Id., will speak in support of a new movement to withdraw American troops from “endless wars” in Africa and the Middle East during a bipartisan event Wednesday at Boise State University.
The event, notably cosponsored by the BSU College Democrats and College Republicans, is at 6:00 p.m. in the Bergquist Lounger of the BSU Student Union Building and is open to the public. Other speakers include College Democrats chair Joe Goode, College Republicans chair Pryce Robinson, and Afghanistan veteran and former Idaho Army National Guard Sgt. Dan McKnight, Meridian, founder of BringOurTroopsHome.US.
McKnight said “despite an era of sometimes toxic partisan divide, the issue of bringing American troops home from our endless wars in the Middle East and elsewhere is bringing Democrats and Republicans together.”
“Our purpose is not to be critical of Sen. Risch or any other member of Idaho’s Congressional delegation,” McKnight said, “but to persuade them to change the way they’re voting by demonstrating that they will have broad bipartisan support from Idahoans if they help change American policy and bring our troops home.”
McKnight cited a Politico poll in January which found that 56 percent of Americans support ending America’s involvement in Middle Eastern wars, including over three-fourths of those who identified themselves as Republicans, the predominant party in state politics of which Risch and every other member of Idaho’s Congressional delegation are members. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-11/democratic-elites-reunite-neocons-partys-voters-are-becoming-far-more-militaristic
The BSU groups are part of a growing coalition led by McKnight that is scheduling events around the state and working with Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, to submit a resolution to the Legislature urging Idaho’s Congressional delegation to support legislation to end U.S. involvement in wars that are now the longest in American history – particularly, because of his unique position of influence on the issue, Sen. Jim Risch, R-Id., chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
LaRocco, a U.S. Army veteran, said he is “intimately aware of the power that a single, determined Idahoan can have to stop these endless wars.” After his military service, the former two-term Congressman worked for the late U.S. Sen. Frank Church, D-Id., who also served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Church was one of the first senators to publicly oppose the Vietnam War and cosponsored legislation to curtail that conflict.
Rep. Nichols, having just completed her first session in the state House of Representatives, was an original member of the bipartisan coalition who appeared at a community kickoff event in February. Nichols, who will cosponsor the resolution to be introduced in next year’s legislative session, said America “should not stay in wars that will never end, and this resolution will demonstrate the growing bipartisan support among Idahoans to stop these endless wars.”
Sen. Risch, Sen. Mike Crapo, Congressman Mike Simpson, and Congressman Russ Fulcher are in Idaho during the Easter recess, and all have been invited to attend the meeting, McKnight said, but no confirmations have been received.