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STATEMENT: Rep. Khanna on Turkey Resolution Vote

October 16, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Khanna, of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to the House of Representatives’ vote on the bipartisan, bicameral resolution condemning President Trump’s reckless actions in Syria.

“This afternoon, Congress sent a clear message to President Erdogan: the United States of America will not stand by and watch as our Kurdish allies are attacked. While I support removing troops from Syria, which were never authorized by Congress, withdrawing U.S. troops for the purpose of allowing Turkish forces to attack Kurdish communities is incomprehensible. A responsible withdrawal acknowledges the limitations of American military power to reshape and restructure societies abroad, but we have a clear moral obligation to protect the lives of people who will be impacted by our decision.

Instead of abruptly leaving Syria and effectively green lighting a brutal Turkish invasion, we should have spent months deploying our diplomats to secure a deal with both Turkey and regional actors, fighting for our allies’ protection and working to prevent a resurgence of ISIS when we left. A good foreign policy requires military restraint coupled with diplomatic expertise.

The case to deploy U.S. personnel into hostilities must be made to the American people through an open debate and vote in Congress—not decided behind closed doors in the White House. I am proud to vote support Speaker Pelosi's leadership on holding this president accountable on matters of war and peace.”

 

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About the Office

Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.