Alex Mooney should be praised for his recent vote to end U.S. military involvement in Syria. The vote, on an amendment sponsored by Democrat Jamaal Bowman of California, would have required the Executive Branch to remove U.S. troops in Syria within one year if they could not obtain Congressional approval for our ongoing war there. Alex Mooney broke ranks with many of his fellow Republicans; only 20 other Republicans joined on the amendment. Unfortunately, the amendment did not pass, but with over 140 votes, it represented the most vigorous Congressional effort to date to end the unauthorized war in Syria.
Hopefully, this is just a temporary setback, because this effort is what policy should look like for Americans in the future. Bi-partisan support that moves beyond partisan political points and makes a real effort to bring to an end our endless wars in the Middle East. Politics are supposed to end ‘at the water’s edge,’ and our Congress members are supposed to do what is best for our country and, more specifically, our military members fighting in these wars overseas.
As an Army infantry veteran, having been stationed along the DMZ in South Korea, I have seen our foreign policy application at the ground level. Many of my friends and family have gone to Afghanistan multiple times over, sometimes to the same bases for numerous deployments, and many times with precisely the same results. With the withdrawal from Afghanistan finally done, our Congress members should support withdrawing from other Middle Eastern countries, like this amendment was trying to do.
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