Update: The House voted down the resolution in a vote of 103-321
The House is expected to vote on a War Powers Resolution this Wednesday introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) that would order President Biden to withdraw all US troops from Syria.
Americans can contact their representatives and urge them to support the resolution (H.Con.Res.21). Click here to find your representative, or call the House switchboard operator at (202) 224-3121.
The US currently has about 900 troops stationed in eastern Syria and backs the Kurdish-led SDF in the region, allowing the US to control about one-third of the country. Gaetz’s resolution would give President Biden 180 days to end the US military occupation, which is opposed by Damascus.
The text of H.Con.Res.21 reads: “That, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1544(c)), Congress directs the President to remove the United States Armed Forces from Syria by not later than the date that is 180 days after the date of the adoption of this concurrent resolution.”
Gatez initially introduced a resolution that gave the president only 15 days to withdraw from Syria. The second resolution was introduced to gain more support for the effort as the longer timeline makes it more likely that Democrats will vote in favor of the bill.
In July 2022, the House voted on a proposed amendment to the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act introduced by Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) that would have cut all funds for the US presence in Syria within one year if President Biden didn’t get authorization for the war. The amendment failed, but it received support from about 60% of House Democrats. According to the House Clerk, 130 Democrats voted in favor, while only 25 Republicans supported the amendment.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley made a rare visit to Syria over the weekend to justify the continued US presence. He said the fight against ISIS was worth the risk of keeping the operation going. But the Syrian government and its allies are also sworn enemies of ISIS, so if the US withdrew from the country, the fight against the terror group would continue. The occupation is also part of Washington’s economic war against Damascus, as the US controls the area where most of Syria’s oil fields are located.
US operations in Syria always risk sparking a wider war as Russia also has a presence in the country, something Gaetz pointed out when he introduced the initial resolution. “The risk of an accident or miscalculation or just misuse of authority could lead to direct kinetic conflict between the United States and Russia in Syria. And we ought to really think about whether or not that risk is worth whatever it is we’re fighting for in Syria,” he said.
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A pointless gesture. Cutting off the funding is the best way, but they won’t.
Matt Gaetz is a jerk and a putz but I don’t know what his game is. Of course all of our wars are for profit. When has this not been the case? I thought we were supposed to reduce oil consumption in order to save the Planet and the Human race as well as a plethora of animals and fish. Apparently this is not going to happen any time soon.Our overtaxed underfunded and staffed will pay the price and so will we.Ain’t Capitalism great?Between Wars,Famines,Storms,Earthquakes and Draughts what chance does Humanity have if left to the Politicians and war criminals?Precious little is the thought that comes to mind.
Calling him a jerk and a putz are “feelings” words with no substance against a guy who is trying to do the right thing. If you admit you agree with his move, perhaps you have a future to build an alliance you never thought it was possible.
His “trying to do the right thing” is a pure political stance, a stab at the Biden administration. The sanctions will stay. Israel will keep bombing airports so aid to Syria after the earthquakes cannot get through. We will not stop stealing Syrian oil. And, we will be back. Useless gesture. Once we are embedded militarily, we stay. Period.
If denied legally Sleep Joe will find and fund the war some other way,perhaps out of secret funds controlled by the White House.
“In July 2022, the House voted on a proposed amendment to the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act introduced by Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) that would have cut all funds for the US presence in Syria within one year if President Biden didn’t get authorization for the war. The amendment failed, but it received support from about 60% of House Democrats. According to the House Clerk, 130 Democrats voted in favor, while only 25 Republicans supported the amendment.”
Did you miss this?
But necessary to compile the shit list of people who need to be thrown out of office – and a beating.
That’s only possible if voters from all spectrum unite to do exactly just that. But I’m too cynical to believe of such an outcome.
No wonder us deep state went after Matt gaetz
You’d think the deep state would have taken down a pissant like Gaetz if the deep state wanted to take down a pissant like Gaetz.
Not that they didn’t try.
They mustn’t have tried very hard. The deep state supposedly runs everything and some congressman from Florida is outside their power?
GTFO! While your at it you can exit Guantanamo too! Back, back, back i say across the Rubicon…
Guantanamo navy based is leased from Cuba. The US pays Cuba yearly for used of the base.
No, the Guantanamo base WAS leased from a previous regime. Since 1959, it’s just been occupied.
Batista Forced Out by Castro-Led Revolution…….On January 1, 1959, facing a popular revolution spearheaded by Fidel Castro’s 26th of July Movement, Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista fled the island.
Another US dictator that was overthrown.
In some ways Castro was better,in some ways not. EG-better health care for the masses,no health care for AIDs pts.
Castro regime gave jail time to it’s citizens for listening to rock music. See the docu. “Rolling Stones, Ole” to hear from old boomer Cubans on that.
Are countries obliged to follow agreements of preceding regimes? If not,then no peace treaty is of much value.
Is the People’s Republic of China bound by agreements the Qing Dynasty or the Kuomintang entered into?
Is Israel obliged to follow the agreements of the Ottoman Empire and the British Palestine Mandate?
If the US government is overthrown tomorrow, its successor regime will almost certainly disclaim any liability for the previous regime’s “national debt.”
If I rent a house you used to live in, your child support obligations and credit card bills don’t magically become mine.
If I rent a house and the owner sells it,the new seller is obliged to follow the terms of the lease. If the Moslem Brotherhood gains power in Egypt, are Egypt’s peace treaties null and void?
Cuba’s “owner” didn’t “sell” it. He fled ahead of a probable firing squad.
If the Muslim Brotherhood gains power in Egypt by overthrowing the existing government, it may or may not choose to honor the previous regime’s agreements. It certainly won’t be bound to. That’s how revolutions work.
True but Fidel did honor international law when he agreed to pay for the nationalized US private property in Cuba.
The value of each property was taken by Fidel to be its value as listed in the most recent property tax document filed under the rule of Batista! That value was, of course, ridiculously small and false to reduce its property tax.
The new Cuban government also offered to pay that indemnity in Cuban currency.
Eisenhower said no and that started the rest.
They were in power and they did honor the treaties … The fools!
No peace treaty is of value if the US signs.
Like the Golan Heights and the Crimea.
We got there by barging in on the Cuba v Spain war for Cuba’s independence, when Cubans were winning, took over everything to the point we would not allow Cubans at the bargaining table. Wikipedia: Although the Cubans had participated in the liberation efforts, the
United States prevented Cuba from participating in the Paris peace talks
and the signing of the treaty.
The leasing provision was forced upon a weak cuban gov[Part of the natorious Platt amendment]. Cuba has only cashed ONE check[by accident] because its THEIR property and they want it back. What the usa does there are amoral acts ie; crimes against humanity…You might want to read the history…
The occupation is also part of Washington’s economic war against Damascus, as the US controls the area where most of Syria’s oil fields are located.
right, there it is
I wonder if it is even possible for the US and its friends to run out of other countrys to bleed,butcher and ruin.Africa still remains but we are working on that.After that the odds are on South America which is showing signs of independence from the American yoke. The PTB can not have that and will proceed accordingly.
That and doing Israel’s bidding.
Your thoughts seem to be centered on one thing,Open a window and breathe.
Hard not to.
But I also bitch about other things. It’s you that is almost exclusively fixated on anything Israel.
An equal opportunity ‘bitcher’.
1.You don’t follow my comments,I speak on other areas.
2.Israel is a country,flawed like pretty much every where else.There are street criminals,warmongers, invalids,pacifists,and a lot of people just trying to get You have admitted on this site that you have the,beyond any sort of logic.
Israel is about to split into Israel and Judea, with Hasidim to occupy Judea. It’s all about religion and irreligion again.
1. I read the comment sections. You reply rarely on other articles not related to Israel.
2. Learn how to write coherently. Hard to reply to that gibberish.
Jake, the criminals, real vicious criminals, are in the Netanyahu administration.
If the House and Senate oppose the occupation and plundering of Syrias oil, I will be surprised. I might even s–t a brick.
“Americans can contact their representatives and urge them to support the resolution (H.Con.Res.21).”
I’ll get right on that. Mine is an ex-general. I remember writing him a long letter bitching about our forever wars and got back a form letter thanking me for taking the time to contact his office. Didn’t say a damn thing about what was in my letter. So, I’ll waste some more of my time and expect nothing.
I already called my Congresswoman and told her to vote for this.
So that we can get out of the way of Israel’s attacks on Syria?
Since the ‘War Party’ in D.C. consists of both parties, I would expect that it will be voted down.
Oil is the glue that keeps both parties together on that issue.
Primates seem to have a better grasp of reality than some of our elected officials.
No chance of passing. The same zombies that preach morality and international law, blatantly violate all rules known to mankind by staying in Syria. It is the place where US nurtures terrorists, shadowy humans for hire, to be used at US whim anywhere in the Middle East. It will not be dismantled. Not a chance,
Syria has the misfortune of having oil under their dirt and Wash. wants it for both US and multinational corporations to pump. I doubt that will happen until the last drop of oil is removed.
Occams razor. And, remember Marx said it’s all about economics?
MUCH more critical is to bring US troops back from…Ukraine, and withdraw ALL military support including the hundreds of billions of OUR money that’s been feeding tht branch of Nazism.
Its not your money, its the FED’s. Here is how the scam works……FED issues dollars to Government budget. Government give the dollars to the MIC. The rich get richer and the working class go to war to secure resources for the rich.
The rich have so much money they easily corrupt the politicians and now do not pay tax. This increases the deficit as the FED is issuing way to many dollars against the amount the Government can tax from the working class.
But here is the real insult to the working class…..the deficit is borrowed from the people NOT paying tax. And the people who do not pay tax get interest on what they loan instead of paying tax.
I don’t expect it to pass, but would hope for a good showing.
The chances of the Yanks leaving Syria are nil .
The chance of them being abandoned there is much greater.
Hopfully the won’t pussyout this time.
There has to be an airport on or near our base in Syria. It may even have been a newly constructed one. What are its capacities and who can use it other than the US Air Force?
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