Tonight, Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement after President Obama delivered an address on deterring Syria's use of chemical weapons:
"Our Commander-in-Chief couldn't have been clearer: the use of chemical weapons is despicable and cannot be tolerated by the civilized world. The United States of America and the international community must hold accountable those who commit the heinous crime of killing innocent civilians, including children, with these universally-condemned weapons of mass destruction. Inaction in the face of such a brazen violation of international norms would be morally irresponsible and would give license to those who seek to perpetrate such a cruel and inhumane act of warfare.
"Through his resolve and call for a limited and targeted military response against the Syrian government, President Obama may have pried open the door for a diplomatic solution which the Syrians, with the backing of the Russians, had nailed shut. I applaud the President for continuing to work towards a viable solution to the unconscionable use of chemical weapons in Syria. One way or another, we must leave no ambiguity that the international response to the deplorable use of weapons of mass destruction will be swift and severe."