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September 11, 2021 Column

On September 11, 2001, the United States of America was changed forever. The world watched and held its breath as terrorists attacked our nation. In New York City, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, Americans lost their lives at the hands of ruthlessness. While we commemorate that terrible day annually, it is receiving special attention this year, on its twentieth anniversary. 

August 27, 2021 Column

America mourns as August 26, 2021 goes down as the deadliest day for the United States military in well over a decade. The situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate as a direct result of President Biden’s gross incompetence. His rushed withdrawal has emboldened terrorists, created unnecessary risk for Americans and our allies, and damaged our reputation abroad.

August 27, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the below statement following the terror attacks in Kabul.

August 21, 2021 Column

The scenes from Afghanistan over the past week have been harrowing. As the Biden Administration quickly approached their expedited deadline to withdraw the final U.S. troops from the country, Taliban forces took over regional capitals and major cities as regular Afghan soldiers fled their posts or surrendered. On Sunday the Taliban overtook Kabul, the capital, as former President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and handed over power. While this collapse is a disaster, we must remember why the U.S.

September 25, 2020 Column

The United States has enjoyed a strategic partnership and friendship with Israel since President Truman recognized the modern state only eleven minutes after its founding in 1948. They remain our most important ally in the Middle East as the only true democratic republic in the region. From the early days of this republic until now, the U.S. has worked steadfastly to help Israel defend itself while remaining committed to the ultimate goal of peace in the region. We have not lost sight of this goal, even as COVID-19 has impacted day-to-day life in both our nations.

September 14, 2020 Column

From the advent of our republic, through the American revolution until now, Americans have joined together to defend our borders and our freedoms, and to help each other in times of greatest need. While most Americans now most closely associate military service with active duty troops in our Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, the nearly half-million men and women who comprise the National Guard across the fifty states and several U.S. territories stand always ready to be called up to provide national defense or meet any disaster occurring within our borders.

July 27, 2020 Column

Because of social distancing measures we have undertaken, the world may seem like it is at a standstill. However, the forces aligned against America never rest. Thankfully neither does our military. In order to ensure America’s Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force are able to meet their missions, every year, Congress enacts legislation to authorize our military funding and establish priorities for the Department of Defense. This year – pandemic or not – was no different. On July 21, the House of Representatives passed the 60th annual National Defense Authorization Act (H.R.

January 10, 2020 Column

This January marks the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation during the closing months of World War II in Europe. In the wake of World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust, the modern state of Israel was born. Since then, the mottos of “never again” and “never forget” have signified we know the dangers of anti-Semitism and we must always fight against it. However, recently we have seen a frightening trend of threats to Israel and rising anti-Semitism.

January 3, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement after an airstrike killed Qassem Soleimani, head of the designated terrorist organization known as Iran’s Quds Force

August 22, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) is currently accepting nomination packets for nomination to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point, New York), U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland), U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Spring, Colorado), U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, New York), and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (New London, Connecticut).