Developments in Syria
Last November, I called for a more assertive US approach to the conflict in Syria because it is in line with our national security interests and our humanitarian values. Taking action now will certainly be more difficult than it was last year, but if the administration does decide to act in collaboration with our allies in Europe and the Middle East, it should act decisively to avoid further extending the conflict. As part of any military response, the US should redouble its efforts to support the moderate opposition with training and equipment. The US should also increase humanitarian support for Syrians inside the country as well as refugees in surrounding countries. Addressing the crisis in Syria at this stage will be extremely difficult, but every day that Assad remains in power helps Iran and Hezbollah and threatens stability across the region. Iran and terrorist organizations, like Hezbollah, are plotting against the United States and its allies every day. I commend the Administration for confronting this difficult but critical challenge. Assad has slaughtered more than 100,000 people and stoked sectarianism throughout the region. He has crossed more than a red line and the United States must act in the interest of our national and global security.