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4 weeks ago  ::  Oct 17, 2019 - 3:24PM #1
laurenfrances
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Romney, Murphy Statement on President’s Syria Announcement


Monday, October 7, 2019


WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, today released the following joint statement on the President’s decision to withdraw American troops from Northern Syria ahead of a planned Turkish invasion: 
                         
“The President’s decision to abandon our Kurdish allies in Northern Syria in the face of an assault by Turkey is a betrayal that will have grave humanitarian and national security consequences. After enlisting support from the Kurds to help destroy ISIS and assuring Kurdish protection from Turkey, the U.S. has now opened the door to their destruction. This severely undercuts America’s credibility as a reliable partner and creates a power vacuum in the region that benefits ISIS.
                    
“With some 15,000 ISIS fighters on the ground, and tens of thousands in prison camps controlled by the Kurds, the security situation remains precarious. A Turkish invasion will further destabilize conditions on the ground and could result in the escape of ISIS detainees and supporters.
       
“Finally, this decision will further exacerbate the already dire humanitarian crisis by creating new waves of refugees in a region where it will be far more difficult for NGOs to operate. This decision is ultimately a victory for Assad, Russia, Iran, and ISIS. The Administration must immediately reconsider its announced decision to withdraw the few remaining U.S. troops who, for the time being, are playing a vital peacekeeping role. Without a political agreement to protect the Kurds and other U.S. allies in Syria, our limited presence there is necessary to protect our security interests and those of the brave fighters who stood with us in the fight against ISIS.
          
“Barring a reversal of this decision, the Administration must come before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and explain to the American people how betraying an ally and ceding influence to terrorists and adversaries is not disastrous for our national security interests. As Chairman and Ranking Member of the Middle East subcommittee, we will be working with Committee leadership to assure that the Administration appears before the Committee as soon as possible.”

       
Background:
Romney and Murphy recently convened a subcommittee hearing focused on the findings of the Syria Study Group’s report on assessments and recommendations for U.S. strategy in Syria. 



Romney calls Trump's Syria decision a 'betrayal' of Kurds


Romney is part of a small group of GOP senators who have publicly pushed back against Trump for saying late last week that China and Ukraine should investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. 


"When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China’s investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated," Romney said in a statement on Friday. 


Romney also voiced concerns late last month about the phone call where Trump asked the Ukrainian government to help his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, look into the issue. There's been no evidence of wrongdoing by Biden.  


"I did read the transcript. It remains troubling in the extreme. It's deeply troubling," Romney told reporters last week. "Clearly what we've seen from the transcript itself is deeply troubling."


4 weeks ago  ::  Oct 17, 2019 - 3:27PM #2
bertram
Posts: 9,971

More Republican lawmakers are growing spines with every new Trump foreign policy disaster and scandal.  It's a trend worth encouraging.

4 weeks ago  ::  Oct 17, 2019 - 3:37PM #3
NW
Posts: 1,049

Three facts:


1.  The Administration has no requirement whatsoever to appear before the Senate to explain foreign policy decisions.  The legislative branch has no such authority except in the declaration of war.  This "we don't like your decision so we're going to hold hearings" has got to stop.


2.  The Senate Minority Leader has been pushing for the withdrawal of troops from Syria.  All of a sudden, it's a bad decision because the President did it.  It really shows you what the Democrats are up to.


3.  VP Pence negotiated a cease fire to protect the Kurds.  It's sure nice that we don't have a president and VP that can only "negotiate" by dropping off pallets of money to an enemy state.

4 weeks ago  ::  Oct 17, 2019 - 9:40PM #4
NY23
Posts: 3,282

Trump's Turkey deal hands power to Ankara and leaves Syrian Kurds for dead


...In hailing the deal, Trump not only adopted Turkish talking points but even seemed to embrace the language of ethnic cleansing.

“They’ve had terrorists, they had a lot of people in there that they couldn’t have. They suffered a lot of loss of lives and they had to have it cleaned out,” the president said. “This outcome is something they’ve been trying to get for 10 years.”

So when Trump had boasted “people have been trying to make this ‘deal’ for many years”, the people he was talking about were Erdo─čan and his military leadership. Until now no one was prepared to give them deal. Certainly not the Kurds who live there.

Pence claimed the US would work with the YPG (the dominant Kurdish element within the SDF) to carry out an “orderly withdrawal” from the 32km zone. He even said it was already under way on Thursday evening. But the YPG showed no readiness to surrender that territory....


Read more: www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/18/tr...



Yep, it would be nice to have a president who doesn't assault the Constitution as often as he assaults reality and women.

4 weeks ago  ::  Oct 18, 2019 - 11:06AM #5
felipe27point5
Posts: 2,645

Oct 17, 2019 -- 3:37PM, NW wrote:


3.  VP Pence negotiated a cease fire to protect the Kurds.  It's sure nice that we don't have a president and VP that can only "negotiate" by dropping off pallets of money to an enemy state.




Hadn't heard about that. Good for Pence. I'm glad we don't have to worry about Turkey attacking the Kurds anymore


Like you say, it's good to have a VP who can get real results through negotiation

You are welcome to recall my posts when it becomes that i'm proven wrong as long as we judge it on the merits of what we knew to be true at the time it was posted.
4 weeks ago  ::  Oct 18, 2019 - 11:19AM #6
Max
Posts: 2,842

Oct 17, 2019 -- 9:40PM, NY23 wrote:


Trump's Turkey deal hands power to Ankara and leaves Syrian Kurds for dead





He's trying to spin that deal as something positive for the Kurds who he abandoned. The bottom line, the Kurds a US ally lost their home and their land. At the same time Russia was also given a stronger foothold in the middle east. If the intent was to get US troops out of Syria it should have been done with an agreement that Turkey leaves the Kurds alone.


4 weeks ago  ::  Oct 18, 2019 - 11:21AM #7
Max
Posts: 2,842

Oct 17, 2019 -- 3:24PM, laurenfrances wrote:


Romney, Murphy Statement on President’s Syria Announcement





I couldn't vote for him for POTUS in 2012 because he abandoned his moderate platform, and because Obama was a good President. But I watched his speech, Romney looked and sounded like a POTUS.

4 weeks ago  ::  Oct 18, 2019 - 11:30AM #8
SSBob643
Posts: 1,360

Oct 18, 2019 -- 11:21AM, Max wrote:


Oct 17, 2019 -- 3:24PM, laurenfrances wrote:


Romney, Murphy Statement on President’s Syria Announcement





I couldn't vote for him for POTUS in 2012 because he abandoned his moderate platform, and because Obama was a good President. But I watched his speech, Romney looked and sounded like a POTUS.




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He does "look and sound" like a POTUS...straight out of central casting. Good that he's come out criticizing The Donald, but I strongly question his motives. Can't forget him kissing up to Trump when he thought he was in line for SOS...then being intentionally humiliated.


That said...in hindsight I kinda wish he would've won in 2012; spared us this nightmare.

4 weeks ago  ::  Oct 18, 2019 - 4:57PM #9
bertram
Posts: 9,971

Insiders still insist that Trump grabbed Ann Romney's butt during that photo op.  That's a bonafide motive for Romney's retribution...

4 weeks ago  ::  Oct 18, 2019 - 5:38PM #10
Judge
Posts: 182

He threatened Turkey with crippling economic sanctions and now there is a ceasefire and a safe zone is being created.


Doesn't sound much like abandonement to me.   You may not agree with his strategy but the results are impressive, and without one drop of a single US troop's blood being spent.


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