Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire
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Kuster Statement on Syria Airstrikes

Apr 7, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on yesterday's U.S. airstrike against a Syrian military airfield:

“President Bashar al-Assad has consistently shown blatant disregard for innocent human life. This week’s chemical weapons attack, which left scores of civilians including children dead, was a sobering reminder of the evils being perpetrated by the Assad regime. It is clear that Assad can have no part in the future of Syria. Last night’s strike by U.S. Forces against Assad’s airpower appears to be an appropriate response to Assad’s gruesome slaughter of his own people. Our men and women in uniform have demonstrated their unparalleled professionalism and capabilities in executing this operation. However, we cannot allow ourselves to be dragged into another protracted war in the Middle East."

"President Trump must come to Congress for an Authorization for Use of Military Force to clearly define his authority to act if the President intends any further military action. The American people deserve an open debate about the use of military force and President Trump and his advisors must develop a thorough diplomatic and political strategy for how to move forward in Syria. We must continue to support humanitarian efforts and work to protect vulnerable civilians from both the Assad regime and ISIS terrorists.”