Congressman Taylor Statement on Syrian Airstrikes
President Trump has taken decisive action against the use of chemical weapons and human rights atrocities committed in Syria. The element of surprise is a powerful tool. Despite the predictable short term Russian reaction of strikes on their client-state, which arguably is not a nation state, the message could not be delivered more clearly that this barbarous behavior will not be tolerated by the world. The world, as signed by the vast majority of nation states in the chemical weapons convention, will not stand by idly and watch innocent children and civilians be subjected to the use of deadly chemical weapons.
That being stated, this is the second administration operating off a third administration’s 16-year-old use of military force authorization. This is unacceptable. Congress must act, and we must debate this as soon as possible, with information, intelligence, goals, and vision from the executive branch. We must stand against this kind of injustice and lead the world to do the same.