January 22nd, 2019

We need diplomacy, not sanctions for peace in Syria

Many Democrats have been confused by President Trump’s announced withdrawal of troops from Syria, and some have called the withdrawal a mistake. Yet Trump’s announcement is not wrong, just incomplete. It is time to leave Syria, but also time to ramp up U.S. diplomacy, both directly with the region’s governments and through the United Nations. Unfortunately, this week, some House Democrats are proposing to use their new majority to push through Congress a slate of wide-ranging sanctions that would make diplomacy much harder.

The U.S. went into Syria in 2011 to support an insurrection against Bashar al-Assad. In 2012, President Obama signed a presidential finding calling on the CIA to work with Saudi Arabia to support the overthrow of the Assad regime, code-named Operation Timber Sycamore. This billion-dollar CIA operation led to weapons in the hands of Al Nusra, an Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. Most Americans would be dismayed to learn that our government armed groups affiliated with Al Qaeda, the very group associated with 9/11.  Since 2014, the U.S. has been directly involved in combat missions, mainly supporting insurgents in the fight against ISIS.

Read the entire article in The Hill here.

 

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