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Missile Strikes Appropriate, More at Stake on Syria

Friday, April 7, 2017

Washington, D.C.– The U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base was an appropriate response to the chemical weapons attack, but a broader U.S. policy objective must be to bring sustainable order to the region, Blaise Misztal, director of national security at the Bipartisan Policy Center, said.

“The Trump administration’s missile strike against a Syrian air base is an appropriate response to the recent chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime in Idlib province, signaling U.S. resolve to prevent the use and spread of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. But stopping WMD use is not the only critical U.S. interest at stake in Syria,” Misztal said.

The Trump administration’s missile strike against a Syrian air base is an appropriate response to the recent chemical weapons attack.

“Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own population, with the tacit, if not explicit, support of Tehran and Moscow, is simply a symptom of a broader conflict: one in which the aggression of Iranian-allied regimes and militias against Sunni communities drives radicalization, and Sunni extremism incites Iranian aggression. Taming this dynamic, and bringing some measure of sustainable order to the region, must be the objective of U.S. policy, lest we risk the constant repeating of history – spiraling violence and constant debates about whether the U.S. should intervene,” Misztal said.

KEYWORDS: BASHAR AL-ASSAD, BLAISE MISZTAL, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SYRIA