Senate leader wants USA troops to stay in Syria, Afghanistan

Senate leader wants USA troops to stay in Syria, Afghanistan

Senate leader wants USA troops to stay in Syria, Afghanistan

Speaking on the amendment's language on US involvement in Afghanistan, libertarian Republican Senator Rand Paul tweeted that "It is ludicrous to call withdrawal after 17 years 'precipitous.'" On the other side of the aisle, Democratic Senators Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Jeff Merkley and Elizabeth Warren all voted no.

The Senate voted 68-23 to rebuke a "precipitous withdrawal" from the two countries.

A core issue for many is McConnell's use of the word "precipitous" to characterize American withdrawal from the region-laughable for critics of the war who note Afghanistan is now America's longest war. "Just an opportunity for senators to go on the record about what our country should be doing in Syria and Afghanistan". Only 4 Republicans and 19 Democrats voted against it.

But for some of them, it was a complicated vote. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wrote a letter to intelligence leaders this week urging them to stage an "intervention" with Trump. Jack Reed and Robert Menendez, the top Democrats on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, both of whom voted to back the language. "That's more than most countries spend for everything".

"I've been clear about my own views on these subjects", McConnell said before the vote on Thursday, per The Hill. The idea behind it is to start to grab power back from politicians who choose their voters through gerrymandering and try to restrict access to the franchise and give it back to those in whom power should be rightly vested: "the voters". Talk of an impulsive pullout from Syria has incited fears of an ISIS resurgence there, as well as growing concern for the safety of Kurdish fighters who have partnered with USA forces. "It simply states that the United States should not withdraw until political resolutions are in place".

Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, tried to have the best of both worlds, blaming Mr. Trump for a "reckless" foreign policy, but ultimately ending up on the same pro-withdrawal side.

"I inherited a total mess in Syria and Afghanistan, the "Endless Wars" of unlimited spending and death".

Trump said earlier on Thursday he would bring American troops home if a peace deal were reached to end 17 years of war in Afghanistan.

Trump announced plans for a US pullout from Syria in December, saying the Islamic State had been defeated.

His announcement on Syria prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Trump also ordered the military to develop plans to remove up to half of the 14,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The Senate legislation doesn't compel the president to stay, but it does serve as a strong signal senators are not sold on the president's direction.

The amendment asks the administration to show lawmakers that "conditions have been met for the enduring defeat of al-Qaida and ISIS" before starting any troop withdrawals - a definition that struck about half the Democratic caucus as too nebulous and far-reaching to support. "Nobody knows what it is, but it's ugly", the Louisiana Republican said.

A parallel development: the McConnell row again has forced Trump into the corner of Kentucky's junior senator Rand Paul. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah.

"I believe the threats remain", McConnell said Thursday, breaking with Trump without naming him.

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