First on Fox – Rep. Matt Gates (Republican) introduces a War Powers Resolution calling for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Somalia, except those assigned to protect the U.S. Embassy.
“The American public has very low trust in our military leaders and their ability to assess their own effectiveness. How can we expect to believe in the legitimacy of occupying Somalia when we can’t even decide whether to do a coup then?” Gates said in a statement.
“The Congressional War Machinery has decided to rage in Syria, but they must explain how continuing the occupation of Somalia is best in the interests of the American people at home. It is the duty of parliament to bring our troops home from Syria, Somalia,” said a parliamentarian.
The War Powers Resolution mandates a vote in the House of Representatives within 18 days of the resolution’s introduction. It also mandates the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Somalia within 365 days of the adoption of the resolution.
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“When the House debated my resolution to withdraw troops from Syria, both Republicans and Democrats argued that the 2001 authorization to use military force against Afghanistan served as a global license for all neoconservative fantasies. They would argue the same for Somalia,” Gates said.
Members of the House Republicans and Democrats worked together last week to block a similar resolution from Gates calling on the United States to remove about 900 military personnel stationed in Syria.
The resolution was ultimately defeated by 321 votes to 103, splitting the two parties. Republicans voted against her 171-47 and Democrats defeated her 150-56.
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Opponents of deploying small forces in Syria argue that the military is there without parliamentary approval. used as a facilitator, the resolution has a claim to authorize action against those who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks.
Gaetz and others argue Congress needs newer powers to send troops abroad than those passed more than 20 years ago. People also warn that the US needs to stop acting as the “world’s police” and that Syria could play a crucial role in the power of ISIS and other terrorist groups. He said he should withdraw from Syria.
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“Standing between the caliphate and the non-caliphate is this hellish landscape where victory has no definition, no clear purpose, and exists purely as a vestige of regime change’s failed foreign policy. “I don’t think it’s the 900 Americans sent to… multiple former presidents,” Gates said.
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Gates, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, received a Feb. 17 U.S. Central Command report that four U.S. servicemen were injured during a U.S. and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) helicopter raid in northeast Syria. and submitted its resolution in late February. Kill a senior ISIS leader.
Fox News’ Peter Kasperowicz contributed to this report.