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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

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

April 14, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC -- Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement in response to the most recent United States’ airstrikes against Syria. France and the United Kingdom also took part in the strikes. 

"The most recent military strike against Syria sends another message that our nation and our allies will not stand by while international law is broken by the use of chemical weapons against innocent men, women, and children. After yet another unforgivable  attack by Assad against his own people, it is clear that Russia and Iran share responsibility for these crimes against humanity by continuing military support for the Assad regime. It is fitting that the President's recent comments finally seem to admit that.    

"As a member of the Defense Appropriations Committee, I anticipate receiving a full intelligence briefing regarding these coordinated strikes soon. While I feel last night’s actions were appropriate, any long-term operation must take place in consultation with Congress. It has been almost a year to the day since President Trump first struck the Assad regime in response to another chemical attack, but he has yet to settle on a comprehensive Syria policy. In fact, just days ago he took to twitter to call for a complete withdraw from operations there—an announcement that very well may have emboldened Assad in his decision to attack innocent civilians with chemical weapons.

"It is critical that Congress and the American people be provided with a clear plan for how to work with our allies to end the Syrian civil war, remove Assad from power, and restore stability to the region. We need our allies now more than ever, and we need a thoughtful, steady-handed Commander in Chief to lead them. 

"Finally, I want to thank the brave men and women of the U.S. Military who carried out these orders under extremely dangerous circumstances. I’ve been honored to spend time with our troops in the region, and can say with confidence they are the best our country has to offer."