Sanders: Trump Must Explain How Military Action in Syria Helps Achieve Peace

Apr 10, 2017, 01:00
Sanders: Trump Must Explain How Military Action in Syria Helps Achieve Peace

The U.S. attack comes after reports earlier in the week of chemical weapons being used against civilians in Khan Shaykhun, Syria. Bernie Sanders will join new Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez for a tour of several traditionally conservative states, CNN reported.

"I'm deeply concerned that these strikes could lead to the United States once again being dragged back into the quagmire of long-term military engagement in the Middle East", Sanders said in a statement.

"When brutality, like we have seen against the citizens of Syria by their own government, shocks our consciences, the desire to act decisively is strong", Leahy said.

Fast forward to 2017, and as president, Donald Trump is wasting millions of dollars and ending innocent lives with a pointless missile strike in Syria.

He says the USA must keep in mind that there are grave risks and unintended consequences in the use of military force. "Furthermore, there is no "military only" solution to the suffering in Syria". "The Trump administration must explain to the American people exactly what this military escalation in Syria is meant to achieve, and how it fits into the broader goal of a political solution, which is the only way Syria's devastating civil war ends", the junior senator said in his statement.

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, said al-Assad must be held accountable for his barbaric actions.

Welch said the same is true for the House of Representatives. "There are American boots on the ground in theregion and our military is conducting regular air strikes". "From my perspective, both the president and the Congress are failing to meet their constitutional obligation to get an authorization from Congress before they use military force". "Yet, under ourConstitution, only Congress has the power to declare war".

"The US must work with all parties to reinforce longstanding worldwide norms against the use of chemical weapons, to hold Russian Federation and Syria to the 2013 deal to destroy these weapons and to see that violators are made accountable", he said.

Sen. Sanders was wildly popular in Utah, drawing larger audiences at his rallies than even Republican candidates who stopped in Utah during the 2016 election season.