U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) joined Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Representative Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), the Committee’s Ranking Member, and Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to introduce a bicameral, bipartisan measure opposing the decision to allow the Turkish military to attack America’s Syrian Kurdish partners.
The resolution calls on the White House to put forward a plan to defeat an ISIS resurgence; expresses strong support for Syrian Kurdish forces, recognizing their commitment and sacrifices in the fight against ISIS; calls on Turkey to immediately cease its disastrous military action in Northeast Syria; and calls on the U.S. to stand with Syrian Kurdish communities impacted by violence.
“President Trump is right to examine our enduring presence in places where threats have been defeated. However, we learned from President Obama’s premature disengagement from Iraq in 2011 that if we withdraw from countries too quickly our hard-fought gains on the battlefield can be quickly erased and undermine the trust and confidence of our allies. President Trump successfully defeated ISIS, and we need to make sure they remain defeated. The administration should explain this decision in greater detail, and, in light of the severity of the situation, members of Congress should take a time out from politics and stand ready to work constructively to help stabilize the region,” said Senator Young.