An air strike on Syria sent a message to friend and foe alike, according to United States Sen. Ben Sasse, but a long-term, comprehensive strategy is needed he says.
Sasse says the United States must send a clear message: Russia and Iran are propping up a Syrian government under President Bashar al-Assad that is willing to use chemical weapons on its own people, including children.
“We have to say that again and again and again and again, so that the world hears clearly there is no moral equivalence between what (Russian President Vladimir) Putin will do and what he will defend and what the U.S.’s purposes are,” Sasse tells LNK Today on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Sasse says the military strikes ordered by President Donald Trump send a message, but the key to moving forward is a long-term strategy.
“The U.S. has to speak very, very clearly about what Russia and Iran have been doing,” according to Sasse.
The United States launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield Friday. It was the first direct military strike by the United States against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The Trump Administration launched the strikes after the Syrian government used chemical weapons in the on-going civil war which began six years ago; a chemical attack that killed scores of civilians, including children.
Russia joined Syria in denouncing the United States attack.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]