There is a classified briefing on Capitol Hill today after U.S. airstrikes in Syria yesterday. Senator Ben Sasse agrees with President Trump’s decision but says now many decisions need to be made immediately.
Senator Sasse says, “We need to distinguish between the short term and the middle and long term. In the short term the president took an important step last night. The U.S. decreed there is a red line about chemical weapons. Reasonable people can debate about what pledges you make but Obama was clear in 2013 that you don’t use chemical weapons against kids. I think it was an important step the president took last night. Now we have to have a comprehensive strategy.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is supposed to travel to Moscow next week in an effort to ease tension. Sasse says are clear messages that need to be sent. Sasse says there is no moral equivalence between the U.S. and Russia and we have to keep saying, as some people in this administration want to say and hopes it becomes the dominate message that Russia and Iran have been propping up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and nobody wants to be on that side.
Sasse says we have many allies that would like to believe that when the U.S. gives our word we keep it. He says since the Cold War the U.S. hasn’t had a clear global vision for our national security strategy. Sasse is hoping that President Trump comes to Congress and lay out that comprehensive vision.