U.S. Senators Demand A Syria Strategy From The Pentagon

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A US soldier sits atop an armoured vehicle during a demonstration by Syrian Kurds against Turkish threats next to a base for the US-led international coalition on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria’s Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019. – US forces in Syria started pulling back today from Turkish border areas, opening the way for Ankara’s threatened military invasion and heightening fears of a jihadist resurgence. DELIL SOULEIMAN

The Hill: Senators push Pentagon on Syria strategy after withdrawal uproar, Soleimani strike

A bipartisan pair of senators is pressing the Pentagon for “clarity” on the U.S. military mission in Syria.

In a letter to the top officials at the Pentagon, Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) cited both the recent spike in U.S.-Iran tensions and last year’s firestorm over President Trump’s order to withdraw from Syria when seeking answers to a dozen questions on the U.S. strategy in Syria.

“We would appreciate further clarity about the mission of U.S. troops currently deployed to Syria,” the senators wrote to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley in a letter obtained by The Hill ahead of its release. “Until now, the administration has not articulated a coherent and consistent strategy to Congress.”

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WNU Editor: When President Trump declared that he wanted US troops out of Syria, the uproar from Congress, the media, and foreign policy experts was overwhelming negative. And now the same people are demanding clarity on what is the policy and strategy to keep US soldiers there?!?!? You can’t have it both ways. If you want US soldiers to remain there, lets have a public debate on why US troops should say there, and after that decide on how to make it happen. Shifting all of this decision making process to the Pentagon is (to me) just an attempt to shift all of the responsibility to the Pentagon in the event of things going wrong. If this is not CYA, I do nto know what is. President Trump was right when he said it was time for US forces to leave Syria, and I predict that regardless on what the Congress, the media, and the foreign policy establishment are saying, in the end there will be a withdrawal of US forces from that country.