Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) says a recent congressional trip to military bases in the Middle East left him with the impression that the U.S. has “no plan at all” in Syria and Libya.
“I left the trip with more faith in the plan as it relates to Iraq, and I will say, unfortunately, as far as the situation in places like Syria and Libya, there really is no plan at all,” he told John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on New York’s AM-970 on Sunday.
“In some respects, there are reasons to be happier, others a little bit more concerned depending on what part of the complicated map you’re looking at,” he added.
Zeldin, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and an Iraq War veteran, led a bipartisan Congressional delegation to Iraq, Jordan and Kuwait over Christmas.
“We had a chance to visit the troops for Christmas in Iraq and Kuwait to let them all know just how much everyone back home appreciates their service,” he said.
He said he was “pleasantly surprised” by the high morale among the troops on the trip.
“They love the idea of being able to serve their country, they believe in a cause greater than themselves, they love wearing the uniform, they love being around these men and women who they’ve gotten so close with,” he said. “So morale was super high amongst those I came across.
“I was pleasantly surprised that there literally wasn’t a single person I came across who expressed any bit of disappointment or being upset that they were there,” he added.