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house Bill H.R. 4695

Should the U.S. Sanction Turkey for its Invasion of Northern Syria?

Argument in favor

While Turkey is a longstanding NATO ally, its invasion of Northern Syria to target America’s Kurdish allies and purchase of a Russian missile system clearly show the deterioration of the U.S.-Turkey relationship. The U.S. should sanction Turkish officials involved in the invasion until it halts its operations against the Kurds to send a message that Turkey needs to start behaving like an ally.

jimK's Opinion
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10/29/2019
YES! Their ignoring of trump’s warnings is a factor as is using former Al Qida mercenaries to mercilessly sweep through and randomly execute our Syrian Kurdish allies, women and children are factors as is the willful displacement of the Kurds from the entirety of their homelands. I think NATO should sanction Turkey as well; NATO should expel Turkey for it’s alliance with Russia- protection from which was the very basis for NATO’s formation in the first place. Russian techs are installing Russian anti-aircraft missiles on site in Turkey which maintains a fleet of NATO approved and widely deployed strike fighters. Turkey was a manufacturer for key components for this aircraft until recently and has access to key design information- and they are now allied with the Russians and installing Russian anti-aircraft missiles. Does any of this make any sense to anyone at all? Do you trump klan-mates support any of this at all?
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Linda 's Opinion
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10/27/2019
But this wouldn't have been necessary had the president left our troops where they were. Leaving the Kurds to be killed by Turkey.
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Leah's Opinion
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10/29/2019
This wouldn’t be necessary if Trump wasn’t such a goddamn moron and pulled out our troops at such a delicate time. So many civilians were killed and ISIS prisoners escaped. The Kurds should honestly put some sanctions on us. Trump ruined our reputation in the Middle East.
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Argument opposed

Sanctioning Turkey for its invasion of Northern Syria will only worsen its relations with the U.S. and NATO, and make it more likely that Turkey continues to move closer to Russia. The U.S. has nothing to gain from interjecting itself in a long-running dispute between Turkey and the Kurds. Congress should consider the issues of Turkey’s invasion of Northern Syria and its purchase of Russian missiles separately.

Nick-Papagiorgio's Opinion
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10/29/2019
We opened the door and invited them in! Why would we then Sanction them? Seems very hypocritical.
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Chris's Opinion
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10/29/2019
Stay out of other countries affairs. Stop trying to make America the world’s police.
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Tony's Opinion
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10/30/2019
The fact that the majority of the American public are devoid of any knowledge of the history of the Kurds, is how our government gets to do what it does with impunity. Go to the Wikipedia web site and read up on the Kurds. You'll see that they are not the "innocent" victims they are portrayed to be in the Liberal Media or with the Liberal Democrats. Did our government "use" these people to get rid of ISIS in the region? Absolutely. This has been the problem with U.S. / Middle East policy since we began importing OIL from the region. In fact, our whole "foreign policy" in the region was to "destabilize" the region and keep it that way as to make sure the Arab states didn't get together and align against U.S. (and the west's) interests. We "complicated" matters by endorsing Israel as a state and recognizing it's right to exist. Not that Israel doesn't have a right to exist. It just never sat well with the hard line Muslims and is still the cause of friction in the region. So much so that the issue gave rise to the "Enitifhada" of the late 20th century and now the Taliban, ISIS and other "radical" Islamists in the region. Christians and Jews are now seen as the "real" enemy and the Kurds are part of that. The Kurds have demanded "autonomy" in just about every Muslim state in the region. The Muslim states see the Kurds as "mercenaries" of the west. So to put sanctions on Turkey, an ally of the U.S. in the region, at a time when ISIS, although severely stricken, is still a threat, is LUDACRIS. President Trump, rather than listen to the "knee jerk" reaction of the foolish members of the "Coup Congress," orchestrated a "cease fire" between Turkey and the Kurds living in Syria. That's the best he could do given the long history of the Kurds in the region and to "save face" for U.S. foreign policy. A shrewd move given the alternative offered by the Liberal Left. Which was to take military action against Turkey, a U.S. ally. The situation, at least for the time being, seems abated. Letting the uneducated idiot Democrats (and the Rino's) have their way by imposing sanctions on Turkey would be a foreign policy catastrophe. Especially when they would do it out of SPITE to undermine U.S. foreign policy for the sole purpose of undermining President Trump.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed October 29th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 403 Yea / 16 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedOctober 16th, 2019

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    YES! Their ignoring of trump’s warnings is a factor as is using former Al Qida mercenaries to mercilessly sweep through and randomly execute our Syrian Kurdish allies, women and children are factors as is the willful displacement of the Kurds from the entirety of their homelands. I think NATO should sanction Turkey as well; NATO should expel Turkey for it’s alliance with Russia- protection from which was the very basis for NATO’s formation in the first place. Russian techs are installing Russian anti-aircraft missiles on site in Turkey which maintains a fleet of NATO approved and widely deployed strike fighters. Turkey was a manufacturer for key components for this aircraft until recently and has access to key design information- and they are now allied with the Russians and installing Russian anti-aircraft missiles. Does any of this make any sense to anyone at all? Do you trump klan-mates support any of this at all?
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    We opened the door and invited them in! Why would we then Sanction them? Seems very hypocritical.
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    But this wouldn't have been necessary had the president left our troops where they were. Leaving the Kurds to be killed by Turkey.
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    This wouldn’t be necessary if Trump wasn’t such a goddamn moron and pulled out our troops at such a delicate time. So many civilians were killed and ISIS prisoners escaped. The Kurds should honestly put some sanctions on us. Trump ruined our reputation in the Middle East.
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    Yes, but it will be hard to justify when the Dictator Trump gives the green light for the invasion.
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    We should not support aggressive strongmen.
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    Trump has already done enough damage by pulling out of Syria, but at least we can still sanction Turkey. Do it! We need to protect Syria! This is insane what they are doing and must be stopped.
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    Horrible stain on this country’s reputation.
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    Not only will sanctions bring about protections for the Kurds! After all, they have done most of the fighting against Isis, and have thus reduced American casualties. It will also cause Turkey to take up diplomatic methods to resolve differences with this group of people. Thus forcing Turkey to reduce its militant stand. This is a far better way of dealing with Turkey's internal problems then outright murder of this group, within its borders.
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    Yes, Turkey should be sanctioned for invading Syria and attacking the Kurds. But, our President is the one that gave Turkey's president the green light. So, yes to sanctions on Turkey. Beyond sanctions, we need to help the Kurds restore their homelands. Lastly, we need to clean up the mess we have in our own executive branch.
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    Turkey should not be able to hurt our Allies without consequences. Sanctions seem like a fair and reasonable response to their decision to invade northern Syria.
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    Stay out of other countries affairs. Stop trying to make America the world’s police.
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    We are showing the world that we can not be trusted by our allies to stay and support them against terrorism.
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    Because Turkey seems to take other partners in the NATO alliance as either being weak, or not as strong as Turkey, & not willing to risk a war. NATO needs to yank Turkey
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    If sanctions against Turkey are at least not discussed, American citizens must wonder if the Administration is putting individual interests (Trump Hotel in Ankara) over the security concerns of our country.
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    Countable asks whether Turkey should be sanctioned for its invasion of Northern Syria. I say, yes, with a further sanction of Trump for giving Turkey the OK to do so.
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    The 45th President is impulsive. It was a impulsive decision to leave the Kurds, our allies. Individual 1 is unfit to hold the office of POTUS. Mr. Trump had a father that left him money but instead of educating himself he just pays people to support his bad choices.
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    Yes!!! The crooked president won’t do it.
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    Yes, Turkey has invaded a ‘sovereign’ country... similar to Iraq’s move against Kuwait under Poppy Bush!
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    Yes, but we wouldn’t have to do this is Trump hadn’t betrayed our allies with his disgusting foreign policy decision.
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