Carson Statement on Strikes in Syria
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman André Carson, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement:
“This week’s horrific chemical weapons attack was just the latest in a series of war crimes perpetrated by Bashar al-Assad and his regime. After years of civil war, in which Assad killed and displaced millions of his own citizens, it is abundantly clear that he cannot remain the leader of Syria. Despite the outcry from the international community, Russia continues to support Assad and participate in the ongoing murder of innocent men, women, and children.
“Last night’s strike in Syria was a proportional and appropriate response to this atrocity, which I am hopeful will prevent future chemical attacks. As a Member of the House Intelligence Committee, I will be monitoring the outcome of this strike closely. I will also remain firm in my assertion that any future actions in Syria, including ongoing deployment of ground troops, must be authorized by Congress. I support the adoption of an Authorization for the Use of Military Force which sets parameters for future engagements, to protect our men and women in uniform and avoid another prolonged war in the Middle East.
“While I support these strikes, I am deeply concerned by the response from Russia. Throughout much of this conflict, the United States and Russia have engaged in limited coordination of air operations to avoid missteps that could lead to escalation. Russia’s decision to end this coordination significantly increases the risk of direct engagement between American and Russian pilots. Reports that Russian warships are headed to the Mediterranean further complicate matters. I encourage President Trump and our military leaders to be as deliberate and cautious as possible to avoid degrading the situation further.”