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Senators Warner, Kaine Statements on Syria Strike


I basically agree with everything Senators Warner and Kaine, also Rep. Don Beyer (see his statement in the comments section) have to say here. My only quibble is that I think the Congressional authorization piece is basically tilting at windmills, as the last time Congress really had a say in military operations was….uhhhh….

Sen. Mark Warner:

“Last night, the Director of National Intelligence briefed me on the Administration’s strikes in Syria. Assad’s use of chemical weapons to slaughter civilians was a heinous crime as well as a violation of international norms and Syria’s commitments to give up chemical weapons. It could not go unpunished. I am hopeful these strikes will convince the Assad regime that such actions should never be repeated.

“I have requested information from the Administration about their plans, including any additional action in response to the use of chemical weapons. President Trump has said repeatedly that his objective in Syria is to defeat ISIS. Last night’s strike was aimed at a different objective. ​President Trump needs to articulate a coherent strategy for dealing with this complex conflict, because the consequences of a misstep are grave.”

Sen. Tim Kaine:

“Assad is a brutal dictator who must be held accountable for his actions. But President Trump has launched a military strike against Syria without a vote of Congress. The Constitution says war must be declared by Congress. I voted for military action against Syria in 2013 when Donald Trump was advocating that America turn its back on Assad’s atrocities. Congress will work with the President, but his failure to seek Congressional approval is unlawful.”

  • Congressman Don Beyer issued the following statement today on the US military strike in Syria:

    “Assad is a monster and a war criminal. I look forward to the day when he is brought to justice by the Syrian people and the international community.

    This strike represents an escalation of U.S. involvement in the Syrian Civil War. It should have been subject to congressional debate and authorization, and certainly that must be a precondition for any further engagement. We need a credible and clear plan that will lead to positive outcomes, both for the Syrian people and the security of the United States. Furthermore, if President Trump is, as he claims, motivated by humanitarian impulses and a concern for the suffering of Syrian civilians, then we should see a redoubling of humanitarian efforts, an increase in humanitarian assistance funding, and a lifting of the refugee ban. Cruise missiles alone are not a solution.”

  • Tyler Messa

    So both of our VA Senators are open to another Middle East war? I know two Senators in need of a good primary challenger!

  • Rep. Gerry Connolly’s statement

    “We must respond to the use of chemical weapons. We should have responded in 2013 and it was Congress that balked. A fifty-nine cruise missile strike can’t be a substitute for a policy going forward. Congress and the new Administration must begin a dialogue and debate about our Syria policy.”