Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

Apr 7, 2017

Washington, DC -- Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement in response to U.S. airstrikes against Syria. 

"The U.S. military strike against Syria affirms that our nation will not stand by while international law is broken by the use of chemical weapons against innocent men, women, and children. Assad's sinister attack against his own people was a crime against humanity and it is clear that Russia and Iran share responsibility for these war crimes by continuing to militarily support the Assad regime. 

"As a member of the Defense Appropriations Committee, I anticipate receiving a comprehensive intelligence briefing regarding this offensive. But while I support last night’s actions, any long-term operation must take place in consultation with Congress. President Trump must finally settle on Syrian policy and provide Congress and the American people with a clear and comprehensive strategy on how to work with our allies to end the Syrian civil war, remove Assad from power, and restore human rights and stability to the region.

"Finally, I want to thank the brave men and women of the U.S. Military who carried out these orders with such a high level of dedication and professionalism. I’ve been honored to spend time with our troops in the region, and can say with confidence they are the best of America."