Hurd Urges Colleagues to Stand with Allies, Support Kurds

October 16, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) proudly joined his colleagues in support of a bipartisan measure (H.J. Res. 77) opposing the decision to pull U.S. troops aiding the Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria.

Before the Floor vote Rep. Hurd urged his colleagues to support this effort. His full remarks:

“I am proud to rise today in support of this bipartisan resolution that opposes the disastrous decision to remove U.S. forces from northern Syria and abandon our allies the Kurds to a Turkish invasion.

“Since 2014, the U.S. and our allies in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS have fought side by side with the Kurds to end the caliphate and degrade the threat of terrorism to our homeland.

“Today, ISIS is beaten, but it’s not broken.

“They remain a threat that requires continued engagement by both the U.S. and our partners.

“Just as the Kurds had our backs against ISIS, we need to have theirs.            

“Instead, we’re abandoning not just the Kurds, but also our Coalition allies in Syria.

“We’re eroding all the progress we’ve made.

“We’re showing our friends and our enemies that a partnership with America means nothing.

“We’re providing ISIS with the opportunity to reemerge and once again threaten the United States.

“And we’re allowing Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin to play the role of humanitarian saviors in Syria.

“As an undercover CIA officer, I chased terrorists around the globe and saw firsthand the threats facing our nation from the Middle East.

“And one of the things I learned when I was in the CIA is to be nice with nice guys and tough with tough guys – not the other way around.

“Because of this decision and all the actions and inactions that led up to this decision, we have let our friends down, we have hurt our national security and we have ceded leadership in the region to Russia and Iran.

“I hope we can change our course, but I fear it may be too late.”