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Despite the Constitution’s impositions and the War Powers Resolution of 1973, various Presidents have authorized the use of military force without Congressional approval.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has brought the War Powers Resolution back into Congress to force President Biden to remove US forces from Syria.
According to Fox News, despite President Biden stating no US troops are present in Syria, an estimated 900 remain in the country. This includes four servicemembers wounded in a mission to assassinate a senior leader of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).
Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) was willing to praise President Biden for the killing, saying that “we currently have NONE of these capabilities to address the resurgence of ISIS and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and I hope the Biden Administration takes necessary steps to address this growing threat.”
On the other hand, Rep. Gaetz is described as “worried” Biden “does not have a cognitive grasp” on the full nature of our deployment and actions in Syria.
Similarly, our continued involvement in Syria, first initiated under President Obama; could potentially serve as a “powder keg for very dangerous escalation,” due to Russian, Turkish, and Iranian interests remaining active in the region.
Rep. Gaetz’s resolution will force Congress to vote on the matter no more than 18 days after its introduction. Should it pass, all US forces are to be removed within 15 days of its adoption.
In his press release, Gaetz says “Congress has never authorized the use of military force in Syria.”
“Congress has never authorized the use of military force in Syria. The United States is currently not in a war with or against Syria, so why are we conducting dangerous military operations there? President Biden must remove all U.S. Armed Forces from Syria. America First means actually putting the people of our country first — not the interests of the Military Industrial Complex.”