Bring Them Home: Sen. Rand Paul Leads Senate Vote on Withdrawing U.S. Troops From Syria

by | Dec 11, 2023 | News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), continuing his efforts to restore Congressional war powers and end the U.S. military presence in Syria, initiated a Senate vote on his War Powers Resolution (S.J. Res. 51). The resolution, co-sponsored by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and JD Vance (R-OH), called for the removal of all U.S. Armed Forces from Syria within 30 days of its enactment.

Emphasizing the risks faced by the 900 U.S. troops stationed in Syria, Dr. Paul criticized the Biden Administration’s policy as a needless endangerment that could escalate conflicts in the Middle East. “Our continued presence in Syria risks dragging the U.S. into another regional war without Congressional debate or approval,” stated Dr. Paul.

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The resolution highlights the constitutional issues raised by the unauthorized military operation in Syria, which began under the Obama administration in 2014. Despite the original mission to degrade and destroy ISIS being achieved in 2019, U.S. troops remain in the region without a clear objective or exit strategy. This continuation has led to numerous attacks on U.S. forces, including 76 attacks since October 7, 2023, resulting in various injuries to U.S. military personnel.

Dr. Paul’s resolution is supported by a wide range of policy experts and advocacy groups. Robert S. Ford, Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, called for a serious debate on the achievable goals of the U.S. mission in Syria. Erik Sperling, Executive Director of Just Foreign Policy, emphasized the need for Congress to vote on such critical matters affecting U.S. troops.

Jim Hanson, Executive Director of America Matters, and Wade Miller, Executive Director of Citizens for Renewing America, also voiced strong support for the resolution. They stressed the urgency of withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria to prevent further harm and to align with America’s safety and national interest.

As the debate intensifies, the resolution underscores the need for a reassessment of the U.S.’s role in the region and the importance of adhering to constitutional processes in military engagements abroad. The Senate’s consideration of S.J. Res. 51 represents a critical step in this direction.

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