Two members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation condemned U.S. attack missile attack on a Syrian air force base on Friday. U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said that Trump’s missile attack on Syria could trigger a nuclear war with Russia.
Gabbard issued a statement in which she criticized the U.S. air strike:
It angers and saddens me that President Trump has taken the advice of war hawks and escalated our illegal regime change war to overthrow the Syrian government.
This escalation is short-sighted and will lead to more dead civilians, more refugees, the strengthening of al-Qaeda and other terrorists, and a possible nuclear war between the United States and Russia.
In January, Gabbard met with Syrian President Bashar Assad during a much-criticized trip with her husband to Syria and Lebanon.
“This administration has acted recklessly without care or consideration of the dire consequences of the United States attack on Syria without waiting for the collection of evidence from the scene of the chemical poisoning,” Gabbard said in her statement last night.
“If President Assad is indeed guilty of this horrible chemical attack on innocent civilians, I will be the first to call for his prosecution and execution by the International Criminal Court,” she said. “However, because of our attack on Syria, this investigation may now not even be possible. And without such evidence, a successful prosecution will be much harder.”
Gabbard has also expressed skepticism that Assad’s regime was involved in a chemical attack in Idlib province.
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz released a statement condemning both the use of chemical weapons and the U.S. air strike. “The Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons is abhorrent, but a military response is not the answer,” he said. “The president has failed to articulate a strategy to end the Syrian civil war. A one-off strike may satisfy our desire to hold Assad accountable, but it risks deeper escalation without any sense of direction or objective. And unless this conflict ends, we will never defeat ISIL and prevent its return.
“Regardless, Congress must debate and authorize any escalation of U.S. military involvement against the Syria regime, as it is well beyond the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force,” he said. “The United States must focus on leading a diplomatic effort among our partners and allies in the region to achieve a political solution that results in a post-Assad Syrian government that brings stability to the region.”
Earlier this week, former U.S. Representative Ron Paul said there was zero chance Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was to blame for the chemical attack and suggested it was a false flag operation.
“I looked at The New York Times to get the explanation, and they said ‘Worst Chemical Attack In Years In Syria, U.S. Blames Assad,’” Paul said. “So it is all over and done with? But it is not quite so easy, is it? What happened four years ago in 2013? You know, this whole thing about crossing the Red Line. And ever since then the neo-cons have been yelling and screaming — even part of the administration has been yelling and screaming about Assad using poison gasses on his people four years ago. Not quite true. It was never proven.”
A day later, Paul told Russia Today that U.S. missile attack on Syrian air base is a ‘victory for neo-conservatives’
“They thought that it was a fraud and nothing like that was happening, and right now, I just can’t think of how it could conceivably be what they claim, because it’s helping ISIS, because it’s helping Al-Qaeda”, said Paul.
According to latest reports, at least for Syrian soldiers were killed in U.S. attack on Friday.
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