The US Senate doesn’t want a premature withdrawal from Syria
The US Senate has expressed through a majority vote that the years of effort in Syria and Afghanistan are at risk of being in vain due to a premature exit, wasting all the resources put in this endeavour over the years, as well as any victory or boon that came from this, risking the United States national security.
“To express the sense of the Senate that the United States faces continuing threats from terrorist groups operating in Syria and Afghanistan and that the precipitous withdrawal of United States forces from either country could put at risk hard-won gains and United States national security,” stated the vote summary of this event.
This vote was to add an amendment to the “Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019” drafted by Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and was passed with a majority of 68 in favour, 23 against, and 9 abstaining votes.
This bill was first introduced by Senator Marco Rubio at the beginning of the present year, and proposes several ways to give economic and financial support, as well as indirect military support in the form of weapons transfer to Israel; Support of private investment in Jordan; launch an investigation into money laundering in the Central Bank of Syria; and allow state or local level governments to adopt measures that combat BDS.
This action from the Republican-majority Senate comes in stark contrast of President Trump’s wish to withdraw all US troops from Syria, and could be seen as an act of caution and patience to the mind of some, or an act of opposition to others.
President Trump said earlier this Thursday that he’d bring the troops home if a peace deal was to be reached, thus ending a 17-year war, he added that there was no need for them to stay as the Islamic State Militants were no longer a threat.