Casey Statement following Intelligence Briefing from the Administration on Syria

Casey Statement following Intelligence Briefing from the Administration on Syria

Washington DC- Today U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), member of the National Security Working Group and co-chair of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Caucus, released the following statement on developments in Syria:

“After receiving a second intelligence briefing from the Administration today, I now have more evidence of the national security imperative in Syria and the need to authorize the limited use of force against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.  As I have said repeatedly, I have no doubt that Assad has used chemical weapons against his own people. 

I visited a Syrian refugee camp this spring, where I saw hundreds of young Syrian children hoping for a bright future. Last month, Assad unconscionably killed hundreds of children with chemical weapons.  When a dictator or a terrorist organization uses chemical weapons in violation of international law, there must be a direct response.  We cannot simply condemn this crime - it is in the U.S. interest to act.  The Iranian regime, the terrorist organization Hezbollah and the regime in North Korea are watching closely and it is imperative that we send a message.  I believe it is important that all aspects of our Syria policy be thoroughly debated with these national security interests in mind.”

Casey Record on Syria

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