Maloney: “Assad is a criminal and a butcher”


WASHINGTON – Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY-18) said the US-led strikes against Syria’s chemical weapons facilities “sent the message that using poison gas on innocent civilians is immoral and unacceptable behavior that the United States will not tolerate.”
He said Syrian leader Assad “is a criminal and a butcher of his own people – and the international community stands united against his use of chemical weapons.”
Maloney said the US Constitution “requires Congress to demand a real strategy and authority it (or not). We can’t get involved in another open-ended war in the Middle East. The President – working with Secretary Mattis – should devise a strategy and bring it before the United States Congress before any further action is taken.” 

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