Reps. Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul are teaming up to force a debate on the House floor next week aimed at compelling the Obama administration to pull U.S. military forces from Pakistan.
There are about 200 military personnel in Pakistan, and up to 120 are assigned to train the Pakistani military in the volatile tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that U.S. special operations forces were now accompanying members of the Pakistan military’s Frontier Corps on humanitarian missions.
Kucinich, a liberal Ohio Democrat, said he decided to introduce the resolution after reading the Journal article.
Citing the War Powers Act, Kucinich said the Obama administration has failed to properly notify Congress about the U.S. forces in Pakistan.
Congressional leaders would like to avoid a debate on the U.S. presence in Pakistan. But by introducing a privileged resolution, Kucinich was able to force the House leadership to give him time on the floor along with Paul, a Texas Republican who has opposed the war in Afghanistan. The resolution would require the Obama administration to pull U.S. military trainers out of Pakistan by the end of the year.
Earlier this year, Kucinich forced a similar debate on a resolution to withdraw from Afghanistan. That resolution was easily voted down.
“Look at the history of U.S. military involvement; we became enmeshed in a war against Vietnam with advisers leading the way,” Kucinich said. “Mr. Paul and I are seeking to nip in the bud an expansion of U.S. ground presence in Pakistan.”