Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) wants to force a vote on a resolution he introduced on Nov. 15 calling for the withdrawal of the 900 U.S. troops currently stationed in Syria. In a statement he sent to Responsible Statecraft, Paul emphasized that “the American people have had enough of endless wars in the Middle East. Yet, 900 U.S. troops remain in Syria with no vital U.S. interest at stake, no definition of victory, no exit strategy, and no congressional authorization to be there.” He added that, if men and women are being sent to Syria to fight and possibly die for some cause, “shouldn’t we as their elected representatives at least debate the merits of sending them there? Shouldn’t we do our constitutional duty and debate if the mission we send them on is achievable?”
The U.S. claims it has deployed forces in Syria to fight what’s left of ISIS, but the sordid story of its support for ISIS and other terrorist groups is well documented. There are also verified reports confirming that, from their location in eastern Syria, U.S. forces are stealing large quantities of Syria’s valuable oil and wheat resources and transporting them out of the country.