Crist Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria


Date: April 7, 2017
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Defense

Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement on U.S. airstrikes in Syria:

"The continued atrocities committed by Bashar al-Assad against innocent men, women, and most horrifyingly, children and infants, are an assault on humanity and must be stopped. Last night's targeted airstrikes were a proportional and appropriate response, making clear that these war crimes will not go unanswered.

"Congress must also do its part and return immediately from recess to debate an Authorization for Use of Military Force to determine a comprehensive strategy for the United States and our allies. We need clear objectives to end this crisis to protect our troops and the Syrian people.

"This week's events also speak to the urgent need to help refugees fleeing violence and persecution. Assad's sarin gas attacks on his own people are a disturbing reminder why Syrians have been fleeing the country. The international community, including the United States, cannot turn our backs to their suffering and need.

"I also want to thank the brave men and women who carried out this mission, including those directing the strike from Tampa's own MacDill Air Force Base. We pray for the continued safety of all those serving our country in the armed forces."