The House on Tuesday voted down a War Powers Resolution introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) that would order President Biden to withdraw all US troops from Syria within 180 days.
The resolution failed in a vote of 103-321, with 56 Democrats and 47 Republicans voting in favor of the bill. Click here for the roll call to see how each representative voted. In a statement after the vote, Gaetz vowed to continue his effort to end US involvement in Syria.
“There is no role for the United States of America in Syria. We are not a Middle Eastern power. We have tried to build a democracy out of sand, blood, and Arab militias. Time and again, the work we do does not reduce chaos. Oftentimes, it causes chaos – the very chaos that then subsequently leads to terrorism. While today’s vote may have failed, my fight to end forever wars and bring our troops home has only just begun,” he said.
The resolution was led by Gaetz and cosponsored by four other Republicans, including Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and Matt Rosendale (R-MT). It also received support from some progressive Democrats, including Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ro Khanna (D-CA).
The Congressional Progressive Caucus was circulating a message to its 100 members in the House to support the bill. But the vote shows that the majority of Congress still supports the US occupation of eastern Syria, where there are currently about 900 US troops deployed.
The US insists its presence in Syria is about fighting ISIS remnants, but it is also part of the economic campaign against Damascus. By backing the Kurdish-led SDF in eastern Syria, the US controls about one-third of the country, an area where most of Syria’s oil fields are located.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley made a rare visit to Syria over the weekend and said continuing the fight against ISIS was worth staying in the country. But the Syrian government, its allies, and other countries in the region are sworn enemies of ISIS. They would continue fighting the group once the US is gone, something Gaetz pointed out when debating the resolution on the House floor.
“Both Assad and Turkey are in stronger positions today to put downward pressure on ISIS, and maybe if we weren’t giving weapons to people shooting at Assad, Assad would have every incentive to be able to engage ISIS in a way to ensure that it doesn’t come back,” Gaetz said.
131 thoughts on “House Votes Down Resolution to Withdraw Troops from Syria”
I am not a Matt Gaetz fan.
But lately, on foreign policy, he has been doing incredibly well.
Maybe he has been taking blood transfusions using blood from Ron Paul.
Indeed. Congress needs the same infusion perhaps during surgery to install spines, hearts and minds.
Gaetz and Greene serve as political pressure release valves, otherwise they’re useless.
You think it’s just theatre?
Wow. That was pathetic. And disheartening. We’re fucked forever.
Or at least until the $ loses its reserve status and we have to pay the bills like any other country. So I hold out hope for bankruptcy …
It would bankrupt the savings of the working middle class, not the wealthy, and the poor have nothing anyway.
The working people are funding the wars and the costs of the consequences while the wealthy cash in the profits win or lose, they always win.
There will be no peace in the world as long as the US is alive and kicking.
Can’t you teach an old dog new tricks?…
Sorry but it’s hard for me to have too much sympathy for the American people when they keep voting in these crap shovelers from both parties. And yes I am an American who lives under the poverty line, but perhaps it is time for America to get the powerful economic ass kicking it deserves.
It takes informed voters for a democracy to function and create a more just society. We do not have that, our government is owned by the big corporate money. Lobbyists write the laws to serve big money, one reason why we have weal labor laws and practically no unions, and the little that is left of unions is weak and gets blocked by government protecting capital, all else is demonized and called socialism. MSM is corporate owned and protects the political /corporate power. INFORMATION is the CURRENCY of DEMOCRACY. See how lopsided the MSM reports.
You and I found our way here, and level of lying is pretty obvious now, so sorry still no sympathy.
Congress declares war. I guess it’s something like a war declaration.
Having them on record is better than not.
I suppose Congresspeople don’t care if they pull their pants down for forever wars! “Justice” or “the right thing to do” should apply to ALL issues. “Forever wars” are now just a rubberstamp for “leaders” that obviously could care less about humanity! How can anyone “justify” the actions of the USA in Syria, all started by the war criminal administration of Barack Obama!
It is politics as usual, when the Democrats had the majority they did nothing either.
yes = “Having them on record is better than not”
OMG that is the standard for american politics.
i actually voted for some guys in favor of some other guys.
As expected our neocon Congress can’t even get one thing right. We are truly doomed.
Self Destruction, that’s our function. 😉
To be a neocon, you must show some intelligence. Congress isn’t too smart for that, but greedy to take cash money from lobby groups during their re-elections.
Yeah the neo-cons sure showed a lot “intelligence” when the Project for a New American Century lied us into war in Iraq, which was not only immoral and costly, but that we lost to boot.
You may not like them lying. But even lying takes some intelligence.
Nihlistic intelligence without a moral compass is worse than useless.
Thank you for using proper English.
Of course if we stop arming ISIS, Assad and Turkey would have finished them long time ago. And can someone visit what used to be a refugee camp at Al-Tanf. Who is sheltered there now? That weird group that gets all the arms and money to cause problem for Assad. Or play act ISIS.
There is no entity now even suspected at funding ISIS. So, how does US find ISIS if the group has no sponsors? What, they work on farm, raise own food and manufacture weapons in a shed. Than they create biofuel to power their trucks.
This ISIS excuse is lame. US wants to stay as a placemat to keep it warm for Israel’s objectives in the area. No other reason. In the meantime Israeli bombing sprees in Syria are getting on everyones nerves in the Middle East and beyond. Given how quietly it has been handled, it gives me an idea, Wait till Netanyahu gets really arrogant and make a mistake.
So, in a “Republican ” Congress, more Democrats than Republicans are actually showing sense. The Republicans who voted against this measure should try telling me, once again, why I (or anyone else, for that matter) should vote for them. Just don’t try telling me to my face, as I will spit right in theirs.
“My” Demorat representative voted against it.
Understood; most did, and I would expect them to – that’s supporting the party line. The Republicans campaigned on the opposite; yet given the choice, MORE repubs support the Biden party line than democrats did. That’s NOT what disaffected voters elected them to do.
That’s a little harsh. Individual candidates vary.
If hey voted against this, they’re all the same. Right now, I would vote for a “progressive” democrat who had the sense to support this bill over the most “patriotic, god-loving, family friendly conservative” republican who opposed it.
Those same “progressives” that backed down from calling for negotiations in the Ukraine/Russia war?
Probably “patriots” are thinking that it is profitable for USA to steal Syrian oil. But it is not. It breeds the corruption and thus makes American political system even more rotten and less efficient.
I would be divided, but I never get that choice.
That gets old. They both suck and there are no two ways about it.
They do; but on the salient point, one sucks less, and it’s unfortunately NOT the group that I expected, and that promised, to do better. The Lindsey Grahams of our government are now just as odious as the Chuck Schumers, and that’s appalling. When Ilhan Omar starts making more sense than Mitch McConnell, on points that are far more important than the typical Washington BS, the world has definitely turned upside down.
“The Lindsey Grahams of our government are now just as odious as the Chuck Schumers, and that’s appalling.”
And by now, do you mean it wasn’t like that before?
“When Ilhan Omar starts making more sense than Mitch McConnell, on points that are far more important than the typical Washington BS, the world has definitely turned upside down.”
Wow, that would imply McConnell hasn’t been a partisan hack his entire career.
And of course that’s right. My point is; although both are still heavily in the minority, there are now more democrats willing to do the right thing than there are republicans. So, why, again, should those majority republicans who lack all moral courage and integrity expect my, or anyone else’s, vote? Might as well stick with Biden and the dems. An opposition party that is too gutless, or corrupt, to actually “oppose” has no reason to exist.
It’s easier to “do the right thing” when you’re in the minority and know it won’t happen anyway.
I guess I’m just a cynical old man. I don’t think there is any such thing as an “opposition” party. I believe more republicans would have voted in favor if it hadn’t been made known that the ‘progressives” were going to also vote in favor. I think the nose counter got spooked and was worried about this thing actually passing. And I think the only reason the republicans proposed it in the first place was in hope that it would somehow get to Biden’s desk, and he would veto it. Everyone pleases their base and we’re still bludgeoning Syria.
Your opinion is getting more and more verification every day. Two sides of the same coin.
Since my post was removed by the censor, here goes again:
Our political class has none. The democratic party has become War’s Call Girl.
At the moment they are busy with a new color revolution in Georgia. Their problem is, the current Georgian government is not so enthusiastic about opening the second front of NATO war against Russia. The other great hope is Afghanistan. US army left the country but a lot of Americans friends (ISIS etc.) are still there and they are active in the northern part of it. Maybe they will be able to ignite Tajikistan and Uzbekistan which inevitably distracts some of Russian military efforts from Ukraine. All those projects need the cash and a lot of it. The printing machine is working good. The only problem is the inflation.
After Versailles the Germans had to pay war reparations, and the only way they could do it was to print money, and print they did. We all know how that ended, only in the WH and congress don’t they know.
It wiped out the savings of the middle class and opened the door for Hitler.
Our MIC is eating up the wealth of the nation and our broken social infrastructure is doing much the same destroying the middle class and there will come a Pete Piper to lead them to greener pastures.
The oligarchy is always trying to restrict the rights of the people and to concentrate the national wealth in the hands of the oligarchs. The problem is, how to keep people in line. The fascist system is very much helpful here. It worked well in South America and it could work in North America as well. Canada is moving in the same direction.
It looks, the economic situation in US is much better than in Europe. Let’s see first what happens in Germany. Scholz visited recently his boss to get some instruction how to answer the research of Seymour Hersh. Biden gave him NYT article but is it enough for keeping Germany under control? Too many people started to suspect that they are abused.
The Biden people are deliberately destroying the German and the EU economies, and at the same time they expect them to pay for the war and take in millions of refugees, the result of the chaos they created.
The people are getting ready to cross Biden’s intentions more and more in support of Russia while chanting Ami go home.
Biden and his Russophobes don’t notice the growing isolation of the USA?
Destroying the economy of an ally as Biden did with the pipeline sabotage and the sanctions against allies will have consequences.
Biden split the NATO alliance big time by ganging up with Norway and Sweden and Denmark and maybe others like the UK to blow up the pipelines of an ALLY.
It is likely to boomerang, treason like that will not go unpunished, it is a war crime.
Definitely it was a war crime and a great terrorist act. It should have some consequences one way or other. On the other hand, the pro-American forces in Germany always have the upper hand and the integration of German economy in American Empire is substantial. Much depends upon how Germany is able to cope with the economic problems.
W. Germany, the former BRD was never a sovereign state, it was covered up skillfully, any critic on the USA was considered anti-Americanism. As long as German corporations could stay in business it worked, but that changed when the US economy lost its competitive edge, just as is happening with China now and lend-lease replaced the Pound with the $$$ and the Japanese currency was used to reduce the Japanese economy. Now the $$$ as the leading currency is in danger to be replaced. But the US still controls the IMF, we will have to wait and see. Besides economics, the declaration of war on Germany and the EU and other NATO partners by the US and Norway and Sweden, the war-crime will have consequences. Yes, Nuland did say f*** the EU. While the Biden people are making enemies around the world they don’t understand how important Europe is to the USA. Biden and the Blinken/Nuland/ Sullivan team aim for total destruction, they may get their wish yet.
I think Biden people understand the importance of Europe to USA. That’s why they are doing their best to keep their NATO partners in line. If they allow EU countries to live independently; Germany, Italy and Balkan countries will never disrupt their economic cooperation with Russia. Of course, what they have done to Nord Stream is risky. If you remember, before the explosion, there was a rise of demonstrations demanding to open Nord Stream pipelines. So Biden decided to terminate it.
Neither West nor East Germany were sovereign. It was the result of WW II. It was good enough for everyone. Both Germanies were relatively prosperous within their blocks.
If Biden knows the importance of Europe why is he destroying the economy, why did he blow up the Pipelines? Nuland, a very influential partner and Russophobe was clear about her position on Europe. Loud and clearly
she said on the phone F**k the EU, just days before the regime change. The Biden people treat the Europeans like colonial servants.
What they have done to NS is a war crime and a war declaration on an ALLY in cahoots with other allies, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and the UK . Who would willingly be an ally of such an outfit unless they are coerced and forced to it. There will be repercussions, the Europeans don’t for get. We can’t imagine the magnitude of the crime Biden inflicted on Germany. The USA is a rogue state, who would trust them when they wage war against their ally? The German government will pay for it, the people will hold them accountable, demonstrations are increasing, all over Europe, Europeans had enough of this, a controlled press is not air- tight.
Biden can write off the Europeans as reliable allies, they are now enemies in disguise.
Europe is important for neocons as long as they can control it. Otherwise, they would consider Europe as a competing power. It is remarkable how EU elites are following the orders from Washington. American imperial system is well organized and works efficiently. If Germans had any independence, they would immediately create their own commission with the participation of Russia. Nord Stream was built mostly by Germany and Russia. The plain fact is that Germans don’t want an honest investigation. Ambitions of American oligarchy can be restricted only by Russia and China, not by EU. Nuland was right with her “f..k the EU”. Europe deserved this.
And,,,this is why “they” want to take away our 2nd Amendment. Consequences….
The Second Amendment was created, in part, to put down insurrections (protests). A “well-regulated militia” was to be under the control of Congress, made up of wealthy slave owners.
You are very mistaken. (GEEZ!) LOL.. “The right of the PEOPLE shall not be infringed”. 🙂 Contrary to what you may think everything our founders did was not focused on Black people, far from it. I will agree that when Turner went on his unholy march of gore and mayhem, sparing not even children, many Europeans living in the area made sure they were well armed, thanks to the Bill Of Rights.
The Second Amendment was created to preserve the State militias. Partly so that they could put down insurrections, including, but not limited to, slave and Native American uprisings, and foreign invasions, and, also potentially, Federal tyranny as well. Militias were State, not Federal, institutions. That was the point of preserving them from Congressional abolition via an Amendment to the Federal Constitution, which bound only the Federal government (the Bill of Rights did not apply to State governments until much later).
The USA should have a color revolution. Red & blue shouldn’t be the only 2 choices for voters. 3rd Party candidates are always excluded from debates, most of the media doesn’t discuss who they are or where they stand on the issues. We need a color revolution since voting for them is not enough.
There are no such an outside force which could organize a color revolution in US. No one even trying it. And that is good. Better to carry on without revolutions.
I didn’t say we need an outside force. Now, I’m saying we need an inside force to organize a color revolution so there will be alternatives to the Red Republicans and the Blue Democrats. Democrats and Republicans shouldn’t be the only two parties that get elected. I’d like to see both parties go the way of the Whig Party.
I also would prefer a socialist party taking over Congress but first you need at least to create such a party.
If you want a revolution organized without a foreign interference, you should call it the revolution, not a color revolution. Actually, the color revolutions are coups organized by US in different countries. It is wrong call them revolutions.
A little revolution is good now and then…
The MIC and Wall Street are the pimps.
Thanks for making me smile, oh and laugh!
A lot of Syrian oil is stolen everyday by Americans. How it is possible that the congressmen have no share in it?
If all the Syrian oil was “stolen” by the USA and used to pay for aid given to the Syrian, Syria would still be costing the USA tax payers money.
All oil can’t be stolen because you can’t get it all so quick from under the ground. But what is pumped out, all of it is stolen.
Americans are trying to harm Syrian people as much as they can. That is why they are supporting the terrorists and that is why the illegal sanctions against Syria are still there despite the earthquake.
Of course American taxpayers are paying for all the criminal activity of American oligarchy because it is American state who is doing it.
Wow — “my” congresswoman voted for the resolution. And she’s usually one of the biggest flag-wavers for the warfare state. Sent her a thank-you note.
My Congresswoman voted YEA also!
My ex-general/congressman voted NAY. Shocking.
I don’t have a congressman or woman because they don’t represent Ordinary People…!
I just called my Congresswoman’s office and gave her staffer hell for how she voted.
Mine, Collins, R-GA, did too, surprisingly. My former (Clyde, they changed the district from 9th to 10th) voted against. I had thought that the two were allies, and voted in tandem.
Our political class has none. The democratic party has become War’s Call Girl.
Bourgeois politics is a trap to waste and dissipate our strength. We have to follow it, but it’s foolish to expect anything truly positive from that quarter.
Not going to leave all that oil behind are they , Trump said it publicly we like oil lots of oil .
There is not that much oil. Syria is number 56 on the list of top producing oil countries. Syria daily production equals what the USA produces in 4 minutes.
Oh so stealing a little is not a crime? They are stealing Syria’s future, their ability to feed and look after their people. But its all good with you right?
Never said stealing was not a crime nor did I say I agree with it. I am pointing out that some people think that it is a huge amount that makes a big difference to the USA It does not. The current revenue from the small amount of Oil is now going to Syrian people as opposed to terrorist.
You never had a chance to win, how can you not know this?
What am I suppose to win?
We must take back OUR Republic!! Purge the DC Ghouls!
That is what elections are for.
Ken, what happens when elections are fixed? What happens when people you elect then violate their oath of office and the very Constitution and Bill Of Rights?
First the good news is that USA elections are not fixed. Secondly, we did have a President who violate the oath of office and Constitution. The system worked, He got kicked out of office.
Kenneth, I beg to differ. 🙂
You do? OK show me proof that the elections are not fixed. And did not Trump get voted out?
Kenneth, I am not talking about Azz Hole Trump, get over him buddy! Our elections today are rigged, in many ways and I am not going to school U on that point because clearly U have no discernment about our entire election system being rigged, remember Bernie and Hillary? Hmmm.
You are not going to “school me” because you can not. There is zero proof that the elections are rigged. You simply cannot come up with any proof the US elections are rigged and you know it.
Define “rigged.” They’ve been openly “rigged” since the 1890s with the transition to government-printed ballots, laws designed to limit access to those ballots, and beauty pageants (“debates”) financed with what would normally be considered illegally large campaign contributions to the only two candidates allowed to participate in the swimsuit competition.
As far as outright fraud, yeah, it occurs in many places at the local level. At the national level, it tends to be background noise and to be practiced by both “major” parties, probably nullifying each others’ efforts.
If you think the 2020 election was not the most corrupted in history you must have been in a coma. No matter what U and i say here the fact is after having Trump and then Biden back to back in office just proves the USA is on a downward projection that will be horrific. Blame that on our election system, corruption, and ignorant voters and a zombie press. Game over Kenny.
HOW?… Voting does not always work…
Why does it not work? Just because the majority of people vote differently than you would like does not mean voting does not work?
Because both parties are bought and paid for, the best democracy money can buy. You can vote for criminal A or criminal B.
If you vote the lesser of 2 evils…..you are still voting for evil.
Every time I voted there were more than two choices on the ballot. So you think every politician is an evil person? Have you ever run for a local office? I have. Does that make me evil? But than again I did lose, so am I a good guy because I lost?
Did your dogma run over your karma?
Are you on drugs?
I’m thankful that Amerika will go on stealing oil and wheat. Will nothing new from Amerikas govt from Hell
There in the house there are more evil and stupid than there are good I now realize.
I called my Congress Critter’s office and told her to vote “Yes” and she voted “Nay.” I won’t be voting for her ever again.
That is your right as an American. The beauty of our country.
Its a farce, both parties are owned by the bourgeoisie. You can vote them out but nothing will change.
There is no beauty in the US system, its corrupt to the core. She voted “NAY” because she is owned. Congress is nothing more than a plantation.
And what you replace the system with?
You replace them with a system of Government where they place limits on peoples wealth. This will limit the corruption they can do.
The Communists tried that, it did not work.
A good start. When Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich sponsored anti war bills they got far fewer votes. I hope Gaetz can use his power for good.
Hillary’s predilection for sponsoring rebellions for the purpose of regime change spawned the refugee crisis in Libya and Syria that shook the foundations of Europe, and very likely explains why the British voted to approve Brexit. Team Biden wasted no time to follow up on her efforts in Ukraine in 2014 which I see as an extension of the civil war she helped start. So, now we have 𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 refugee crisis, coupled with the possibility of a world war.
I shake my head because I think this vote had more to do with US politics than with any concerns about doing the right thing in Syria.
But I did what I could. I asked my representative to support the resolution. (He didn’t)
Why did Kevin McCarthy even allow this to come to a vote? It never had a chance. Syria is not a country that the USA should be invest in.
The United States belongs at home, our history of warfare has proven that time and time again……………………………………………………………….
The House on Tuesday voted down a War Powers Resolution introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) that would order President Biden to withdraw all US troops from Syria within 180 days.
The resolution failed in a vote of 103-321, with 56 Democrats and 47 Republicans voting in favor of the bill
WTF this is why i am paying federal taxes
way to go uncle sam!
I did say it was a pointless gesture, but now you know who the 321 traitors are.
Humor me, how are they traitors? Just because they did not agree with your position or mine in this case, that does not make them traitors.
I don’t need to explain to you that Congress works for their voters that elected them and not a small group of defense contractors that filled their pockets, do I?
A Congress Vote…! And that’s how the United Military of America Justifies the Legality of Illegally Occupying a Sovereign Country…!
Where was Gaetz with this resolution when Trump wanted to stay in Syria (and Iraq)? Purely political, not principled.
My representative in So Cal voted it down. Democrat.
The politicians owners have directed there to be a war, they make vast amounts of money off the wars. Nothing will change until the money is removed from pockets of the owners.
We need to place limits on peoples wealth, to limit the corruption they can do. We need to jail all those guilty of corruption and strip them of their criminal earnings.
Why would this publication remove my comments on what i think about Ukrainians? Why is this Antiwar publication supporting Nazi’s in Ukraine and not allowing people to speak ill of them?
You did it because you are owned, just as corrupt as the politicians.
Nazism is an abomination, a scourge on this world. It is disgraceful that anyone, any entity would support Bandera Ukraine.
Censorship in support of Nazism and war is not only a breach of the 1st amendment but also a war crime.
Keep up with the new reality-China and its success in peacemaking, and see how long US troops will remain illegally in Syria, stealing land, oil, crops.
I went through the entire list 🙄
Once again, Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert and MTG are the voice of reason?!
I was gratified that my otherwise useless rep Dan Kildee voted “yea” along with my state’s Rashida and Debbie Dingell.
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