Ruppersberger Issues Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after U.S. forces executed a missile strike targeting a Syrian government airfield believed to be the launch-point of a horrendous chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Assad regime earlier this week. Congressman Ruppersberger was notified by the White House before the missiles were launched as a member of the Defense Appropriations Committee.
“Chemical and biological weapons can't be tolerated anywhere in the world. The atrocities suffered by innocent civilians at the hands of al-Assad are despicable and impermissible. I credit our Commander in Chief and his national security team – including Secretary Mattis and H.R. McMaster – with sending an appropriate and strong message that we will stand up against such barbaric war crimes. And I salute the brave members of our Armed Forces on a mission well-executed.
I am extremely frustrated, but not surprised, to hear Russia is continuing to support the Assad regime despite its ongoing attacks on its own citizens. I would hope that Russia and Iran would stand by the international community in condemning Assad's use of chemical weapons and cooperate in finding an appropriate way forward.
We need a larger, comprehensive strategy to address the situation in Syria, including the defeat of ISIS and the protection of our troops and intelligence workers who are in the war zone today. Earlier this week, I attended a classified briefing with Secretary Mattis and we discussed Syria and other national security matters. I have full confidence in his understanding of the issues and his leadership in the days ahead.”