Congressional Delegation Backs Strikes in Syria
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 20:43
This is the first time the United States has carried out direct military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's troops. "And, I hope his action instills confidence in our partners, friends, and allies throughout the Middle East who have lost faith in our ability to lead globally and respond decisively", he said in a statement.
United States officials, meanwhile, have accused Russian Federation of failing to ensure Assad fulfils his commitment to a 2013 deal for the destruction of his chemical weapons arsenal. In a measure of how entrenched the war is, there were new airstrikes today on the town targeted in the chemical-weapons attack, with at least one person killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson also said he supported Trump's move, saying it "sends a clear signal to the world that war crimes such as these will not be tolerated".
USA officials said the intervention was a "one-off" meant to deter future chemical weapons attacks, and not an expansion of the US role in the Syrian war.
"Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children", Trump said at his Mar-a-Largo resort in Palm Beach, Fla., where he was hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping.
But while the decision to strike Syrian government targets marked a sharp reversal in the President's stance on Syria - one that called for a laser-like focus on ISIS and largely ignoring Assad - the sharp, 180-degree turn didn't happen over a matter of days.
"Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end this slaughter and bloodshed in Syria and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types", he said. "But the decision over the nature of that outcome is not for President Trump to make alone". "And I've been watching it and seeing it, and it doesn't get any worse than that". Although they support opposing sides in the war between Assad and rebels, Washington and Moscow say they share a single main enemy, Islamic State.
"In 2001, after 9/11, certainly, it was broadened", Hostin said of the War Powers Act.
In 2013, the administration of then-President Barack Obama negotiated with the Russians to remove Syria's chemical weapons in return for averting military intervention. "But the President does have to report to Congress, and any long-term operation will require Congressional authorization".
Neither the Trump administration nor its predecessor has laid out a policy aimed at ending the Syrian conflict. And so presidents who feel embattled, presidents who feel stymied look to toughness on foreign policy as a way of showing their capabilities. "But I will say the historical record shows that nearly always ends in disaster because when you undertake worldwide activity without a basis of support at home, you always quickly lose that initial bump that you get".