Op-Eds

December 07, 2016

The Washington Post: Lucky for Us, Trump has Mattis All Wrong

By: Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) Retired Marine general James Mattis was my division commander in the Marines, and the first time I heard him speak was in the windswept Kuwaiti desert on the eve of the invasion of Iraq. Standing atop his Humvee, he told us how he planned to duct tape Saddam Hussein to the front of the truck when we got to Baghdad and drive around the city — and we eager young Marines roared with approval. This is the kind of story that earned Mattis his nickname “Mad … Continue Reading


November 18, 2016

The Washington Post Op-Ed: Time for New Leadership

By: Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) The Democratic Party is in its worst governing position in a generation. Next year we will control just 31 state legislative chambers and 15 governorships. We lost the House of Representatives in 2010, the Senate in 2014, and now the presidency. Clearly the American people are not satisfied with the vision and leadership our party is offering. It’s time to make some serious changes to both. Democrats believe America is at its best when it is an open and … Continue Reading


November 01, 2016

The Boston Herald: North-South Link Key to Boston Economy

By: Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) Boston cannot compete in the global economy when its trains are on fire, like what happened on the MBTA’s Orange Line last week. Our transportation system is in crisis, and no one wants the chaos and cost overruns of another Big Dig to fix it. As a new advocate for the North-South Rail Link, I now understand why this project would deliver the biggest relief to commuters — and why it is not another Big Dig. Today it can take an hour to drive across the city … Continue Reading


August 11, 2016

In Boston Globe Letter to the Editor, Massachusetts Delegation Stands United in Support for Attorney General

Delegation argues Maura Healey’s leadership has already proven effective      Salem, MA - Today, in a Letter to the Editor in The Boston Globe, the Massachusetts Congressional delegation shared its unanimous support for Attorney General Maura Healey’s efforts to enforce our state’s assault weapons ban. The delegation expresses its steadfast support for Healey's efforts to protect our communities from gun violence.    Here is what they wrote:   To the Editor:    We are proud to stand united in … Continue Reading


June 23, 2016

Op-Ed in the Washington Post: Get Ready for Another Iraq War

June 23, 2016 By: Congressman Seth  Moulton (D-MA) Losing a friend in war is always hard. Losing a friend to a battle we already fought and won is worse. That’s how my close friend Lt.?Col. Ehab Hashem Moshen was killed recently by the Islamic State near Fallujah — refighting a battle in Iraq that the Marine Corps fought a decade ago. The Marines won that fight. The problem is that the Obama administration didn’t follow through on a political plan to maintain the peace. In April, I visited … Continue Reading


June 14, 2016

Op-Ed in the New York Daily News: Civilians have no reason for owning assault weapons, but Congress lacks the courage to stop them

By: Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) “My thoughts and prayers are with those in Orlando.” — Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) It’s a hollow tradition following each mass shooting, and it has become routine: President Obama gives a speech, reminding us that living this way is a choice. The NRA releases a statement bemoaning the lack of guns at the shooting. And Congress sends their thoughts and prayers. But the victims’ families don’t want our thoughts and prayers. They want our action, … Continue Reading


December 25, 2015

Op-Ed in Boston Business Journal: Lighting the Future of U.S. Manufacturing

December 25, 2015 By: Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) Since industrial revolution, manufacturing in the United States has long signified innovation, opportunity and a strong middle class. Today, our nation’s manufacturing sector provides an estimated 18 million jobs, accounts for roughly 12 percent of GDP and provides a mean annual income of roughly $75,000 per worker, nearly $15,000 higher than average wages in other industries. Right here in the commonwealth, manufacturing makes up roughly … Continue Reading


November 23, 2015

Op-Ed in Boston Globe: Syrian Refugees Are Not the Problem in ISIS Fight

November 23, 2015 By: Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) ISIS WANTS to murder more Americans, and it hopes to attack us here at home. Its threats in the aftermath of the Paris carnage made that clear. The question now is how we protect ourselves and, ultimately, defeat this brutal and sophisticated terrorist organization. Our refugee policy has important implications for our strategy. The congressional furor over accepting Syrian refugees is handing ISIS a propaganda victory while distracting … Continue Reading


May 24, 2015

Op-Ed in the Salem Daily News: Remembering Heroes

By: Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) The following piece appeared in the Salem Daily News on May 24th. Every time I returned to Iraq, it was worse than when I had last left, yet I was proud to serve four tours as a Marine because I never wanted anyone to go in my place. That doesn’t make me a hero; it just makes me a typical American veteran. I served with some of the best Americans I will ever meet: men and women who willingly and selflessly put their lives on the line for a better Iraq and … Continue Reading


April 07, 2015

Op-Ed in TIME Magazine: ISIS Defeat Must Be Political

The following piece was written by Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Congressman Steve Russell (R-OK). It appeared April 7th in Time. Stop us if you have heard this before. Gruesome beheadings and torture dominate headlines. Violence is steadily escalating across Iraq. But our military advisors are optimistic: Ancient tribes are banding together to fight back, sectarian military and political leaders are being replaced, soldiers are gaining skills and confidence with their American trainers, … Continue Reading

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