Donald Trump just launched dozens of Tomahawk missiles to strike Syria. 
Last night, with no apparent plan for what comes next and with no legal authorization, Donald Trump unilaterally and recklessly launched a military action in Syria. This is not leadership and it will not make our country safer nor end the tragic human suffering in Syria.
Trump cannot bomb his way to peace. If he were truly concerned about the human suffering in Syria, rather than sending a few dozen bombs, he would be leading the world in a diplomatic effort to end the war, increasing American support for humanitarian assistance, and welcoming Syrian refugees to the safety of America.
Instead he just launched an illegal and unauthorized escalation that could have devastating consequences, prolonging human suffering in Syria, and undermining American security. Things could spiral quickly in the coming hours.
We’ve been working all night to mobilize partners to sound the alarm in every corner of this nation to say NO to Donald Trump’s war in Syria.
The Constitution is crystal clear. Only Congress can authorize the type of military force the President just unleashed on Syria. Instead of heading out of town for two weeks of vacation, Congress must immediately return to Washington to debate and vote on Trump’s military escalation in Syria.
There’s no doubt that Bashar al-Assad is a brutal dictator who has slaughtered his own people and is complicit in the use of numerous war crimes. But these military strikes are no humanitarian mission. These American bombs will not end the war in Syria and they will not ultimately hold Assad accountable for his murderous brutality.
But we must reject the false choice that says “accountability” can only be found at the tip of an American bomb. The simple truth is the U.S. cannot bomb its way to peace in Syria. If Donald Trump truly wanted to help the victims of this tragic war, he could easily reverse his plans to significantly cut federal funding that goes towards alleviating the humanitarian crisis. And if he really believes that the deaths of small children in Syria is an “affront to humanity,” he would immediately rescind his executive order blocking those same children from finding safety from the ravages of war by coming to the United States.
Sadly, we know that those life saving measures aren’t on Donald Trump’s agenda. So, before any more American bombs fall in Syria, Congress must debate and vote on Donald Trump’s new war in Syria.
1. “Dozens of U.S. Missiles Hit Air Base in Syria,” The New York Times, April 6, 2017