Thursday, January 31, 2019

Rand Paul Goes Toe to Toe With Mitch McConnell Over Troop Withdrawals in Afghanistan and Syria

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said today it was "ludicrous" for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to call taking troops out of Syria and Afghanistan “precipitous.”

“To call it a precipitous withdrawal after 17 years is ludicrous,”  Rand said on Fox News. “We’ve been there 17 years.”

He went on and argued that the U.S. had secured a victory in Afghanistan because it “got bin Laden” and “disrupted the people who attacked us.”

Senators voted this afternoon on an amendment sponsored by McConnell that warns “the precipitous withdrawal” of U.S. forces from Syria and Afghanistan “could put at risk hard-won gains and United States national security.” They voted overwhelmingly (68-23) to advance legislation drafted by the majority leader to express strong opposition to the president’s withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Syria and Afghanistan.

The vote to cut off debate ensures that the amendment, written by McConnell and backed by virtually every Senate Republican except Rand, will be added to a broader bipartisan Middle East policy bill expected to easily pass the Senate next week.


(Sources: The Hill, NYT)


  1. Lol got bin laden... in pakistan. Wrong country... oops... sorry about all that noise... and the bodies. What a joke.

  2. So they can vote against withdrawing, but they can't vote to declare war to begin with?

  3. Both sucked up to each other in order to undermine President Trump..

  4. With Republicans it is man enslaves man. With the Democrats it is just the opposite.

  5. The war genie is never going back in its bottle.

  6. Can Congress actually override a President's decision to withdraw troops when a declaration of war was never made in the first place? I guess they can.

  7. It is "legislation to express"...? This means that they passed an opinion. I do that myself every so often.