Statement on U.S. Strikes in Syria

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It is with a heavy heart I am making this statement today. Earlier, 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched in an attack against Syria. This use of military force was authorized by President Donald Trump earlier today in response to the chemical attack believed to have originated from an airbase located in Shayrat in Homs province, alleged to have been conducted with authorization of the Syrian government.

This is nothing less than an act of war by our President, and was done so without approval from the legislative branch of our government.

This action dramatically increases our involvement in Syria, and is poised to put military advisers currently in Syria in harms way. There are currently hundreds of our military personnel in Syria, and now, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit could be tapped into the fray.

This crisis is further complicated as Russia currently has thousands of assets located in Syria, as they had been assisting the Syrian government with their efforts against ISIS. This includes highly sophisticated anti-air platforms capable of downing our planes.

We are not only on the brink of war with Syria by taking these actions, but also with Russia and Iran, as they are primary backers of Bashar Al Assad’s regime. The waters are dangerous, and the power play made today brings us closer to a point of no return. A point that will be paid by American lives should this expand.

Since 2013, I have spoken against taking action in Syria. The situation in that area does not benefit America in the slightest, and other than troops sent to advise, there are no Americans at risk and these individuals should not have been put in harms way in the first place. We have been taking actions like these my entire adult life, and I served on the front lines in Iraq. From personal experience, we cannot afford more war in the Middle East.

I am calling for the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. forces from the region to avert a potential large scale war, a war we cannot afford in blood or treasure. I further condemn the action of our President as reckless, unconstitutional, and criminal.