Kinzinger: Well, first off, the president has to lead. That’s where a lot of times, when people look at public opinion polls, it’s America’s knee-jerk reaction to want to get out of any war, I understand that. Because they have to have leaders that explain why we’re doing it.
We’re actually generally a pretty peaceful country. So when the president says I’m getting out because of all these reasons, he talks about endless war, he talks about that kind of stuff. The reality is, is terrorism’s real. And the decision to end the war is not really ours to make when you have a whole group of folks that say, you know, look, we’re going to go and create a terrorist attack, whether it’s in Iraq or the United States. That’s not our choice. They haven’t changed their mind on it.
I feel very bad for the Americans and allies who have sacrificed to destroy the ISIS Caliphate because this decision virtually reassures the reemergence of ISIS. So sad. So dangerous.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 7, 2019
President Trump may be tired of fighting radical Islam. They are NOT tired of fighting us.
Kinzinger: And so, yes, it may have been a campaign promise, but when you become president, I think it has to be more than a campaign promise. And secondarily, too, what we’re talking about is the exact kind of fight that those that we’re against, for instance, the Iraq war and everything else we’re talking about. You know, a small group of American soldiers that can empower local indigenous forces to fight that fight. That’s exactly what our troops are doing there. And now to say this is an endless war, I have to vehemently disagree.