Mitch McConnell rips Trump in op-ed: ‘grave mistake’ not to keep US troops in Syria indefinitely

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Trump is repeating Barack Obama’s mistake by withdrawing US troops from Syria. (screenshot/CNBC)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized President Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from Syria, saying he’s repeating the same mistake that Barack Obama made.

“Withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria is a grave strategic mistake,” McConnell wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. “It will leave the American people and homeland less safe, embolden our enemies, and weaken important alliances.”

McConnell added: “Sadly, the recently announced pullout risks repeating the Obama administration’s reckless withdrawal from Iraq, which facilitated the rise of the Islamic State in the first place.”

McConnell did not mention President Trump by name, but insisted that it’s important for U.S. troops to remain in Syria indefinitely. Otherwise, McConnell claims ISIS terrorists will “regroup and establish havens…and bring terror to our shores.”

“The combination of a U.S. pullback and the escalating Turkish-Kurdish hostilities is creating a strategic nightmare for our country.

Unless halted, our retreat will invite the brutal Assad regime in Syria and its Iranian backers to expand their influence. And we are ignoring Russia’s efforts to leverage its increasingly dominant position in Syria to amass power and influence throughout the Middle East and beyond.

To keep pressure on Islamic State terrorists, deter Iranian aggression and buy our local partners more leverage to negotiate with Bashar al-Assad to end the underlying conflict, we should retain a limited military presence in Syria and maintain our presence in Iraq and elsewhere in the region.”


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War-mongering RINOs like Mitch McConnell and most Democrats want the United States to continue to spill American blood and waste trillions of dollars to keep fighting pointless tribal wars in the Middle East.

President Trump defended his decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria, suggesting it’s time for the Kurds to fight their own battles with Turkey.

Trump also underscored that no more American lives should be lost to the centuries-long dispute in the Middle East.

Republican Senator Rand Paul agrees with Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria. In a USA Today op-ed, Paul said it’s time for the United States to stop fighting other people’s civil wars.

“[Trump] sought to defeat the Islamic State and did. What is left is a decades-long battle among Turks, Kurds and Syrians that we cannot solve.

Every decision has a price. Would you be willing to send your son or daughter to stand between two armies 7,000 miles away as a human shield? I would not…There is no clear U.S. interest and no need for our troops.”

President Trump campaigned on ending the decades-long U.S. intervention in bloody Middle Eastern wars that have cost the United States trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives — with nothing to show for it.

The Kurds and the Turks have been fighting for centuries. U.S. intervention in their border dispute has not resulted in a resolution of the longstanding conflict, so what’s the point of keeping American soldiers there any longer?

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Separately, the United States has been at war in Afghanistan since 2001. And all we have to show for it is billions of dollars in wasted tax money and thousands of dead American soldiers.

The U.S. wars and military action in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan have cost American taxpayers $5.9 trillion since 2001, according to a study by left-wing Brown University.

The study concludes by saying: “High costs in war and war-related spending pose a national security concern because they are unsustainable.”

It’s not like the people that the United States gives military and financial aid to are grateful. Many hate us anyway, so why shed more American blood for them?

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Samantha Chang

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Samantha Chang is a senior staff writer for BizPac Review. Based in New York City, she is a law school graduate and a financial editor.
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