Liz Cheney Throws in Digs at Rand in Her Critique of Syria Withdrawal

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Posted: Dec 27, 2018 9:00 AM
Liz Cheney Throws in Digs at Rand in Her Critique of Syria Withdrawal

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) added her name to the long list of lawmakers to publicly oppose President Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. She minced no words during her appearance on "Face the Nation" over the weekend.

"I am deeply, deeply concerned, and I oppose strongly the president's decision apparently to withdraw troops from Syria, the apparent decision that we're now going to be looking to withdraw troops from Afghanistan," Cheney said. "I think the president has done a lot of very good things in terms of beginning to rebuild our military, getting out of the Iranian nuclear agreement, but these two decisions would be disastrous. They would really in many ways hand victories to our enemies, to Iran, to ISIS in Syria, the Taliban, Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. It's a very dangerous path to go down, and we shouldn't be going down it. We need to make sure that we keep our troops there in order to prevent the establishment of safe havens for those groups that want to attack us."

Other top Republicans like Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) warn that taking troops out of Syria may result in the rebirth of ISIS.

Reports suggest that members of Trump's own cabinet are against the president's latest foreign policy foray, including now outgoing Defense Secretary James Mattis. In his resignation letter, which materialized just hours after the Syria announcement, Mattis explained that he and Trump do not see eye-to-eye on enough policy decisions.

That brings us to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who is one of the few politicians who is "proud" of POTUS's Syria decision. He explained that the U.S. should not be involved in so many international conflicts.

Trump so appreciated Paul's words that he shared them on Twitter.

But, as former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) reminded us, "there are very few Rand Pauls in the United States Senate, there are very few Rand Pauls in the House.” 

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Rep. Cheney said Paul is misguided at best. 

"He seems to really be focused on blame America first and unburdened by facts," Cheney said of Sen. Paul.

Mattis reportedly signed the order to pull troops out of Syria on Sunday.