Pelosi Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

Washington, D.C. — Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement after U.S. forces conducted a tomahawk missile strike targeting a Syrian government airfield, following a brutal chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Assad Regime:

“This week’s unspeakable chemical weapons attack is only the latest in a long series of horrors perpetrated by Bashar al-Assad on innocent men, women and children. Over the past few years, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and millions driven from their homes. President Assad’s brutality places him outside the circle of civilized human behavior.  Meanwhile, Russia props up the Assad regime and enables these brutal war crimes to continue.

“Tonight’s strike in Syria appears to be a proportional response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons.  If the President intends to escalate the U.S. military’s involvement in Syria, he must to come to Congress for an Authorization for Use of Military Force which is tailored to meet the threat and prevent another open-ended war in the Middle East.

“The crisis in Syria will not be resolved by one night of airstrikes.  The killing will not stop without a comprehensive political solution to end the violence. The American people are owed a comprehensive strategy with clear objectives to keep our brave men and women in uniform safe.”

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