Democratic-turned-independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who, according to his campaign site, advocates for “unwinding empire” and bringing American troops home from abroad, continued promoting that policy in response to the news of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.
“We must get unwelcome ground troops out of the Mideast, and maintain only long-standing bases welcomed by their national hosts,” Kennedy opined in a social media post.
The U.S. strikes came after a recent attack in Jordan that left three U.S. service members dead and others wounded.
“Today, at my direction, U.S. military forces struck targets in Iraq and Syria that the IRGC and affiliated militia use to attack U.S. forces,” a post on President Joe Biden’s @POTUS X account reads. “We do not seek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world. But to all those who seek to do us harm: We will respond.”
Responding to that post, Kennedy wrote, “If we ‘do not seek conflict,’ then let’s get the troops out of there. They are not welcome. They are not needed. They are indefensible targets for anyone in the region who wants to provoke a conflict. Get them out!”
Former Rep. Justin Amash, who has said that he is considering a U.S. Senate bid, also called for the removal of American forces.
“The best way to protect U.S. personnel is to stop placing them unlawfully in war zones. American troops swear an oath to support the Constitution, but they’re constantly stationed overseas in hostile regions without adequate support from their own government. Bring them home!” Amash tweeted.
Republican Rep. Tim Burchett of Tennessee tweeted, “Why do we have our troops in Syria and Iraq? Bring them home.”
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