Given the make up of the Wisconsin representation in Washington, this kinda surprised me…but it’s true:
Wisconsin’s seven U.S. House members joined a lopsided bipartisan majority Wednesday in decrying President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, condemning that decision as beneficial to America’s adversaries.
The resolution passed the House by 354-60, with the support of every Democrat voting and more than two-thirds of Republicans.
Those voting for the measure included Wisconsin’s four House Republicans: Jim Sensenbrenner, Glenn Grothman, Mike Gallagher and Bryan Steil. All three House Democrats from Wisconsin also voted yes: Ron Kind, Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan. (One of Wisconsin’s eight House seats is vacant due to the resignation of Sean Duffy of the 7th District).
The vote was a rare two-party rebuke of the president and was preceded by widespread expressions of dismay within Trump’s own party over the decision to withdraw troops, seen by critics as opening the door for Turkey to move militarily against the Kurds — a U.S. ally in the fight against the Islamic State — and potentially helping the Islamic State to reorganize itself and gain new strength.
Thankfully Wisconsin legislators have a better sense of foreign policy than the president. OTOH: this resolution can’t fix the damage that’s been done or end the conflict the president has created.