Friday, 26 April, 2019

Trump defends decision to pull United States forces out of Syria and Afghanistan

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It marks the second time that the Senate has turned on Trump's efforts on the world stage in as many months.

Trump issued a string of tweets Wednesday morning in response, defending his foreign policy decisions and taking issue with their statements, saying in regard to Iran that the intelligence officials were "extremely passive and naive".

Though many Democrats have argued that the US should eventually withdraw from the conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan, around half of them supported McConnell's resolution.

Most of the Democratic senators running or considering running for president in 2020 voted against advancing the legislation, though Ohio Sen.

Trump noted approvingly that peace talks were underway in Afghanistan and that the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) was almost eliminated in Syria.

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US soldiers part of the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) walks, as a US Chinook helicopter is seen on the back ground near the place where the foundation of a hospital was laid in Shindand, Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012.

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"What it really seems to be is a package of urgent measures to rewrite the rules of American politics for the exclusive benefit of the Democratic Party".

"They have taken a bill that had broad - maybe unanimous bipartisan support - and tried to turn it into a political weapon", said Sen. "Syria was loaded with ISIS until I came along", he continued. "That's being conveyed", Thune said.

Shanahan backed Trump's decision earlier this week to withdraw troops from Syria and indicated he supported the potential for a drawdown of the roughly 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan, calling ongoing diplomatic talks with the Taliban "encouraging".

"We are on a deliberate, coordinated, disciplined withdrawal", Shanahan said Tuesday in his first formal engagement with media as acting defense secretary. "Time will prove me right, probably". And he has always felt it should be condition-based and I think this will clarify that.

He led all but three Republicans and even a majority of Democrats in backing the language. "'Perhaps it could put some of my colleagues with aims beyond the Senate at odds with parts of the far left" who want to withdraw USA forces. "They're not really withdrawals, they're just realignments", Sheehan said, recalling Bolton's note. "We don't want to repeat that".

"Congress doesn't have to have to cosign Trump foreign policy trial balloons, but they ought to articulate their own responsible withdrawal plan that replaces USA troops and airstrikes with smart diplomacy and targeted humanitarian aid", Rainwater told Common Dreams. Jack Reed and Robert Menendez, the top Democrats on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, both of whom voted to back the language.

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders told reporters that "we've been in Afghanistan for a longer period than any war in American history; Syria, we've been there for too long and we've got to get out", according to The Daily Beast. "It was taken out of context", he said.

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