Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Graves: Trump's actions in Syria put madmen around the world on notice
Syrian President Bashar Assad conducted another senseless chemical attack earlier this month in an attempt to subdue rebel forces. The attack didn’t just affect those opposing him; it also killed dozens and injured hundreds of innocent Syrian civilians including women and children. This is just the latest horrific act he has committed.
Assad’s brutal actions toward innocent civilians are inexcusable and must not be tolerated by any nation.
President Trump responded last Friday night by authorizing missile attacks on known Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Acting with the help of our allies in France and Britain, these attacks slowed down Syria’s chemical weapons program. I believe our swift response sends a crystal clear message that the United States will not stand for such atrocities.
We must continue to hold the Assad regime accountable. It should go without saying that you can't gas innocent men, women, children, and babies and expect to get away with it.
President Trump took decisive, necessary action and I will support any effort that holds Assad accountable.
Holding a ruthless regime accountable is just one of the many things we ask our military to do. This is why it is highly critical that they have the resources they need. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am committed to making sure that our military is well-funded and well-prepared for whatever task we give them.
For the last several years, our military has suffered from a lack of resources that was, frankly, unacceptable. I’m proud to say that is no longer the case and we have finally given our Armed Forces the funding they need to get the job done.
When our troops are called upon to defend our country and ensure that innocent civilians are protected, they can now do so knowing that they will have the manpower and resources to do the job we call on them to do.
Bold actions carried out by a strong United States military puts madmen around the world on notice. We’ve made it clear that the United States is always prepared and willing to defend our country as well as the lives of those subjected to unthinkable atrocities.