Friday, October 30, 2015

McCarthy: President's move to send small numbers of U.S. troops to Syria falls short of serious, comprehensive action

 House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy gives us his weekly view from Capitol Hill. In his words:

 "On Friday, President Obama announced that the United States would be sending U.S. Special Operations Forces into Syria to help fight ISIS. The President’s decision comes after years of neglect of our Syria policy and a failed Syrian training program. Putting small numbers of troops in Syria is yet another tactical move in the absence of a comprehensive strategy for Iraq, Syria, and the broader
Middle East that does nothing more than create the appearance of serious action. What the President has failed to address is a proper response to increased Russian-Iran cooperation in Syria, including Russia’s willingness to help Iran smuggle weapons to Iran’s proxies in the civil war. Instead, the President is rewarding Iran and Russia by accepting their place at the negotiating table. Ultimately, this follows the now-familiar pattern of President Obama tolerating our enemies and neglecting our allies.

 "This abdication of leadership extends beyond our foreign policy and to the failure to lift American families up to a more prosperous future. Just this week we learned the economy in the third quarter of this year expanded by a meager 1.5 percent. 

 "This puts us on track to have yet another year of slow, nearly imperceptible ‘recovery’—a recovery so slow that the American people can’t even feel it. Each and every day, with every new economic measure, it becomes more and more obvious just how much President Obama’s economic policies have failed to help the American people. Wages are down, costs are going up, labor force participation is low, and people are struggling just to get by. More of the same obviously won’t work. House Republicans have passed bills with new ideas to cut regulation, create jobs, and grow our economy. These bills trust the people to improve our nation, not the government. If the President started signing these bills instead of obstructing Congress, the American people would again start feeling the benefits of a growing economy.

  "From here at home to across the globe this Administration has made our future more uncertain. But in the House, on the heels of the election of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House, we will continue to fight for the principles that have made the United States the greatest nation on earth.  


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