In this article, Type Media Center fellow Nick Turse discusses Senator Rand Paul’s push for Congress to withdraw U.S. military presence from Syria, citing a lack of defined objectives and congressional oversight.


  • An Aimless War: In this article, Turse covers Senator Paul’s argument against the presence of troops in Syria, which centers around the lack of clear objective, and subsequent lack of end-point, of military engagements in the Middle East.
  • Call for Debate: The article highlights the need for a national debate regarding the presence of U.S. troops in Syria. The senator has called for discussion among elected officials about the merits of sending “our young men and women in uniform to Syria to fight and potentially give their life for some supposed cause.”
  • Presidential Critique: Turse discusses criticism against the Biden administration for citing a “strategy to counter terrorist threats” as the motive for deploying troops in Syria. Former U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, has questioned “this supposed strategic significance”, calling for a debate much like Sen. Paul.
  • Forced Vote: Senator Paul has plans to force a vote on a resolution to withdraw all U.S. military presence from Syria due to the lack of congressional authorization or clear vital interest at stake for the United States.

Type Media Center’s Note

This article by our fellow Nick Turse reflects Type Media Center’s dedication to nurturing independent journalism that not only informs but strives for societal change.