Curbelo: We Need to Send a Strong Message to Assad

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Washington, D.C., April 12, 2018 | Joanna Rodriguez ((202)-225-2778) | comments

Yesterday, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) condemned the latest chemical attack by the Assad regime in Syria and called for a U.S. response that sends a strong message it will not allow such acts to go unanswered.

 

“We cannot accept in the year 2018 that any government that is recognized by the United Nations – a world leader – would use these types of weapons against his or her own people,” Curbelo said in an interview with U.S. 1 Radio News’ Bill Becker.I supported the missile strike last year and I remain supportive of a similar type of strike in this situation. We do not need to start a new war, we do not need to invade Syria, but we do need to send a strong message to Bashar Al Assad.”

 

Curbelo has consistently condemned the evil actions of the Assad regime and has been supportive of airstrikes and decisive action in the past.

 
A partial transcript of Curbelo’s exchange with Becker is available below and audio of the exchange is available
here.

 

Curbelo Discusses Possible U.S. Response to Syria Chemical Weapons Attack

U.S. 1 Radio News

April 11, 2018

https://youtu.be/RwxmxpgV8Ls


Bill Becker:
“Boy Washington! To the news coming out of there hot and heavy – let’s start with Syria and that terrible gas attack over there and the President indicating that he has his finger of the missile button. What do you hear?”

Congressman Curbelo: “Bill, for many years I have been calling for bolder action in Syria. The reason we are still in this situation where we have a world leader literally gassing people to death – innocent people – is because we did not act and we did not rally the international community to act sooner. So, I certainly think that Bashar Al Assad must be held accountable for using chemical weapons. We cannot accept in the year 2018 that any government that is recognized by the United Nations – a world leader – would use these types of weapons against his or her own people, in this case, Bashar Al Assad in Syria.

“So, I supported the missile strike last year and I remain supportive of a similar type of strike in this situation. We do not need to start a new war, we do not need to invade Syria, but we do need to send a strong message to Bashar Al Assad – oh – and also to Vladimir Putin, to the Iranians who are very active in Syria, that this just will not be acceptable if the United States doesn’t respond and doesn’t stand up to this kind of cruel heinous act who will.”

Bill Becker: “We are hearing that Putin is saying he is going to shoot down our missiles if that happens too.”

Congressman Curbelo: “Well I think it is a good opportunity to show Mr. Putin that he may talk a big game, but we are the greatest power and the greatest military in the world and I have a feeling that this is a lot of talk and I am very confident in our military capabilities and in the men and women who are active right now in theater ready to take action.”

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