Langevin Response to Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

Sep 1, 2013 Issues: Armed Services

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement in response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria and President Obama’s announcement today that he would seek Congressional authorization before taking military action:

“Bashar al-Assad’s recent actions in Syria, which resulted in the deaths of approximately 1,500 innocent civilians, have flaunted international norms and basic morality. The use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, and I agree with President Obama that the Syrian regime must not be allowed to carry out these horrific attacks without a firm and unequivocal response from the international community.

“My constituents have expressed a strong objection to any U.S. military response that would involve American boots on the ground, and I share that position. Any response should be targeted, limited in scope and duration, and the result of international cooperation. Just as importantly, this response should come after a thorough consultation with Congress, and I applaud the President’s decision to seek a vote in advance of military action.

“I appreciate the President’s thoughtful, measured approach to this complicated and deeply troubling situation, and I am ready to return to Washington to continue this debate.”