Georgia Congressional Delegation Responds To Airstrikes In Syria

Below are the statements we’ve received from Georgia’s Congressional delegation on tonight’s strike on a military airfield in Syria.

From Senator Isakson:

“I salute the brave men and women of the U.S. military who conducted these operations tonight. President Trump’s decision to strike the Assad regime’s air base where chemical weapons were deployed against the innocent people of Syria earlier this week sends a clear signal to the world that war crimes such as these will not be tolerated. I support the president’s swift and decisive action to punish this dictatorship for the atrocities committed.”

From Senator Perdue:

“Assad is a tyrant and his chemical weapon attack against innocent civilians this week was beyond inhumane. This will not be tolerated. After six years of inaction by the Obama Administration, I am glad to see that President Trump is willing to stand up for these innocent victims and stop those responsible for this violence. I commend our brave servicewomen and men who are carrying out this vital mission tonight.”

From Congressman Loudermilk:

“I support the precise action President Trump has taken against the Assad regime in Syria. Using chemical weapons against the Syrian people, including women and children, is an evil and unconscionable act which warrants international response.”

We will update tomorrow as we receive additional statements.

Added:

From Congressman Doug Collins:

“This week’s chemical attacks in Syria came from a wicked regime that slaughtered its own citizens, including women and children. Inaction has characterized the United States’ response to the Assad government for too long, and last night America took appropriate action. We need a decisive strategy for restoring justice and human rights in Syria, and we in Congress look forward to working with the President to develop that plan.”

From Congressman Jody Hice:

“My heart aches at the horrific images that came out of Syria earlier this week. I stand with the President and commend his swift and decisive action. I have the deepest appreciation for our brave men and women in uniform for their efforts and execution which make it possible for the United States to send a strong message to Assad and the international community that his actions are unacceptable. Moving forward, it is critically important that the Administration engage with Congress and clearly communicate its strategy for the region with the American people.”

From Congressman Carter:

“Last night President Trump and the United States of America made clear that our resolve will not be tested and the Assad regime’s slaughter of innocent people, including women and children, will no longer be tolerated. I strongly support the tactical strikes as passiveness in Syria has only worked to exacerbate the situation. While military action should never be taken lightly, the barbaric regime must be held accountable and be made aware that we are watching and will react accordingly.”

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24 thoughts on “Georgia Congressional Delegation Responds To Airstrikes In Syria”

  1. From Sen. Isakson (9/9/13):

    “After carefully weighing this very important issue, I have decided that I will vote against the resolution to authorize a U.S. military strike in Syria.

    “Over the past week, I have traveled my state and have talked personally to hundreds of Georgians. Thousands more constituents have contacted my office by phone and email. It is clear to me that Georgians overwhelmingly oppose our country getting involved militarily in Syria.

    “The administration’s lack of a clear strategy is troubling, and the potential fallout following a military strike is also troubling.”

    My question: what changed?

    1. I would say the fact that Assad signed the chemical weapons treaty then gassed his own people once again may have something to do with it.

      Most everyone who has read this blog for any time knows were I stand on this. This attack should have happened years ago. Republicans should have supported Obama when he asked Congress to do this. When they turned him down he should have done it anyway. Just like Trump did. Also, a tomahawk missile holds a 1,000 pound bomb. 5-10 of them would probably be sufficient to do the job. Trump used 59 on one airbase. The pictures will show that there isn’t a twig still standing. This wasn’t just a statement to Assad. It was a statement to the world. And I applaud it.

        1. It’s hard to believe that 59 tomahawk missiles would leave anything standing. Clearly, the military didn’t feel the need to target the actual runway. I fail to see the wisdom in hitting every building, but not putting a hole or two in the runway.

          1. According to the Twitter account of famed military strategist Donald Trump, you don’t generally hit runways because they’re easy to quickly repair.

            I still question what the “point” of the strike was. If the goal was to destroy Syria’s ability to continue bombing its own citizens, then the strike was a total failure because the air base is still operational. If the goal was to send a message that the US won’t tolerate the use of chemical weapons, then I guess it was a success.

            On a macro level, I’m not really sure what the short-term, medium-term, and long-term strategies are for Syria. You can’t fire off some missiles, tiptoe around the idea of regime change, and then hope the issue goes on the backburner. Hopefully this Administration will provide some clarity in the coming days as to what our goals are in Syria and how we plan on accomplishing them.

    2. The question is certainly rhetorical, we all know full and well what changed: the party occupying the Oval Office.

      I thought US involvement was necessary in 2013, I still think it’s necessary now. However, Congress needs to be involved in this process. For those of you trying to catch-up on Syria, here’s a quick and dirty summary:

      This all started in 2011, during the Arab Spring, when Syrians began protesting the Assad regime. The Syrian government retaliated by cracking down on protesters by killing and imprisoning dissidents. Military defectors formed the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian Civil War began. For the last 6 years, the FSA has been fighting the Assad regime. The UN estimates there have been over 400,000 casualties, 5 million Syrians have fled the country (into neighboring Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey as well as Europe), and millions more are displaced within the country with no way out. The FSA and other rebel groups hold territory in the NW and SW parts of the country, but are losing ground and have been for some time. The Syrian government holds most of the major cities, including Aleppo, which has seen untold carnage as the result of heavy bombing by the Syrian government that caused not only struck rebel targets but civilians as well. Within this power vacuum, ISIS has sprung up and started to fight just about everyone in its attempt to establish territorial control. You also have the Kurds fighting, mainly, ISIS in Northern Syria and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a former al-Qaeda satellite that’s doing the whole “we’ll fight anyone” thing.

      If that isn’t enough, the conflict is also serving as a proxy war. Russia and Iran support the Assad regime, the former through coordinated airstrikes on rebel targets. Russia has also used its veto in the UNSC to make sure that no large-scale resolutions condemning the Assad government or authorizing intervention make it through. Gulf states are supporting the rebels and opposing Assad. Turkey opposes Assad and the Kurds, but likes the rebels. The US (and NATO) likes the rebels and the Kurds and opposes Assad. Everyone hates ISIS. The Russians have claimed that they’re bombing ISIS targets which is occasionally true and is occasionally just a cover for attacking more rebels on behalf of the Assad regime. The US has stepped up its direct involvement against ISIS while limiting its involvement on behalf of the rebels fighting Assad.

      In 2013, Assad used chemical weapons to kill 1400 of his own citizens. President Obama condemned the attack and called for a targeted military strike. He sought Congressional approval for said strike but that went nowhere as Republicans (and some Democrats) were strongly opposed. Russia intervened on Assad’s behalf and proposed the compromise that Syria would join the Chemical Weapons Convention and get rid of its chemical weapons stockpiles. The Syrian government turned over 1,300 tons of chemical weapons and avoided retaliatory air strikes. Now it turns out they didn’t get rid of all of it, because they just used chemical weapons again, this time in Khan Sheikhoun. The US has now responded with an airstrike on a Syrian airfield believed to have been the location from which the chemical weapons attack originated.

      If you can’t tell from the above, this is an incredibly complicated situation with competing and shifting allegiances. Congress needs to be involved in advising the PResident and determining the extent of the US’ involvement, because the risk that this devolves into another quagmire is incredibly, incredibly high.

  2. Syria used chemical weapons in violation of the earlier Obama era agreement. This limited military action was appropriate. The mission was to destroy an air base and it was accomplished. This action alone won’t fix the Syrian mess though caution should be used in regards to further military action.

    1. There was not a single casualty.

      How many millions does it take to take out one airfield? And if this airfield was the source of a gas attack, would a missile strike not just disperse all the gas stored at the airfield?

      There is a lot of talk the gas was not Sarin, but easier to obtain chlorine.The most concerning is that any ‘save the children’ story that gets Trump’s eye will result in missiles. “May God bless America, [oh] and the world too.”

      He STILL types like an autistic 11 year old.

      1. 59 Dumb or “Iron Bombs” with the equivalent weight of explosives would have been roughly $600K. Probably closer to the equivalent worth of an airstrip in the desert. I guess if you are a billionaire wanting to make a grand gesture you don’t want to do it on the cheap though.

  3. “I salute the brave men and women of the U.S. military who conducted these operations tonight.”

    SIR, SIR..NO MILITARY WAS IN HARM’S WAY.

    someone pushed a button and computers did the rest, kind of like WOW.

    Oh wait…you are one of the out-of-touchables. The Congressional Clueless. Wandering the halls, desperately looking for something to salute…

    Never mind; boots on the ground, Marines!! yee haw etc…

  4. “I salute the brave men and women of the U.S. military who conducted these operations tonight.”

    SIR, SIR..NO MILITARY WAS IN HARM’S WAY.

    someone pushed a button and computers did the rest, kind of like WOW.

    Oh wait…you are one of the out-of-touchables. Never mind; boots on the ground, Marines yee haw etc…

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