Galveston County’s representatives in Washington D.C. said Friday they supported a U.S. missile attack in Syria that President Donald Trump ordered Thursday night.

“For six long years, the Obama Administration did nothing but draw redlines in the sand, only to let Assad step over them with no repercussions,” said U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, in a prepared statement. “This is no longer the case. President Trump showed that he is ready and willing to act with appropriate speed and strength. I support President Trump’s targeted military strike on the Syrian airfield.”

Two U.S. warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in retaliation for Syrian President Bashar Assad‘s suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians.

It was the first time during the country’s six year civil war that the United States has staged a direct attack on the Syrian government, although the military has targeted ISIS militants who are fighting in the war.

The attack drew support from conservative congressmen, like Weber, as well as from Texas’ junior Senator Ted Cruz, who said the attack projected the United States’ strength and would make enemies “fear us.”

“After eight years of Obama’s broken redlines and weakness, we have seen Syria turned into a war zone that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of refugees and chemical weapons, it is a bad situation,” Cruz said on Fox News’ “America Newsroom” on Friday morning.

Cruz added he thought Trump should come to Congress for authorization before using more force.

“That being said, the authority to declare war under the Constitution is given to Congress. The Commander-in-Chief acted last night, and I look forward to President Trump making the case to the American people and to Congress to see what further military action should be taken, if any,” he said.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said that Trump responded “quickly and proportionately” and commended the president for “sending a clear message” to Assad.

Friday’s statements of support mark a notable difference from the last time members of Congress were asked to consider the role of the U.S. military in the Syrian civil war.

In September 2013, President Barack Obama asked Congress to vote to support the use of military force in Syria. The legislation asking for support was pulled when it became clear legislators would not support it.

Cornyn himself was vocal about requiring Obama to seek Congress’ approval before using the military in Syria, although he never clearly said that he supported or opposed an attack.

Weber and Cruz stood against Obama.

“The use of chemical weapons, while a direct violation of international law, is not enough to justify our military involvement,” Weber said at the time.

Supporters of Trump’s actions who didn’t support Obama say one difference between then and now are claims made by Syria and Russia that chemical weapons had been removed from Syria following the 2013 attack. The most recent attacks have proved those claims wrong, they say.

Cruz was more vocal in his opposition to Obama’s proposed use of force. He wrote in The Washington Post that Syria’s use of chemical weapons were not a direct threat to the United States and that striking the country could lead to escalation. He said he would vote against using force.

“It is not the job of U.S. troops to police international norms or to send messages,” Cruz said.

Contact reporter John Wayne Ferguson at 409-683-5226 or john.ferguson@galvnews.com. Follow him on Twitter, @johnwferguson.

(16) comments

richard collier

The drumbeat of war can be seductive, until you are sending your sons and daughters off to the fight.

Carlos Ponce

And what about the sons and daughters killed by Assad's use of chemical weapons? If we don't speak against this atrocity, who will?
No American died in this strike.
Number of Syrian civilians killed by Assad's chemical attack: 80
Number of Syrian military personnel killed by US attack : 4
Is that a fair trade?
ASSAD - note the first three letters

Diane Turski

Hypocrites! If anyone bothers to look at what this "strike" actually accomplished, other than to fool several people, they will find nothing of any substance. This was nothing more than a noisy, expensive show by the Trump administration meant as a distraction from the Trump-Russia investigation! Perhaps Weber, Cruz and Cornyn could explain how they are planning to hold Russia accountable for not ensuring that Syria had disposed of all of their chemical weapons, as they agreed to do the last time Putin's buddy, Assad, attacked his own civilians with them? Smoke and mirrors again from our con man president and his Texas cheerleaders.

Carlos Ponce

"This was nothing more than a noisy, expensive show by the Trump administration meant as a distraction from the Trump-Russia investigation!

So Diane are you :
A. Calling for a BIGGER strike on Syria or
B. Letting Assad continue killing men women, children, babies?

And nothing will distract the Trump haters from their wild goose chase. They will continue crying "Russia Russia, Russia" long into the midterms , up to and even beyond the 2020 presidential election. When you've got NOTHING, I guess that's what you do.

Carlos Ponce

"I support the administration's strike on the air base that launched the chemical attack. I hope this teaches President Assad not to use chemical weapons again," Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla

“This week’s unspeakable chemical weapons attack is only the latest in a long series of horrors perpetrated by Bashar al-Assad on innocent men, women and children. . Tonight’s strike in Syria appears to be a proportional response to the the regime’s use of chemical weapons." Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

"Making sure Assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do." Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Kelly Naschke

Sitting back and watching children being murdered follows suit with your party goals doesn't it Diane? Unfortunately Trump has to cover Obama and Susan Rice's BLATANT lies to the American people. It's a hoot watching you dems deal with such a damaging past few days. Trumps claims of Obama spying....PROVEN. Trumps claims of refugee crisis in Sweden.....PROVEN. Gorsuch.....and conservative majority of th Supreme Court...CONFIRMED. Still not one shred of evidence to confirm collusion with Trump and Russia....but you hang on to the lie! Great week to sit back and laugh at the libs!

Jim Forsythe

Why did the bombings happen Thursday? Airplane left the next day from this airport, so what did it  accomplish ? Did it prevent the killing of more children."An airstrike on a rebel-held town in the northern Idlib province killed at least 18 people, including women and children."
No it did not. 
The USA, is a country were some people do not want the children to come to , but are up in arms over their deaths. Unless they are removed from the conflict area, death to children will continue.

Trump must have changed his mind since 2013.
Donald J. Trump    
"@mguarino64: @realDonaldTrump " How would you treat the Syria situation if president ?" I'd let them all fight with each other-focus on US!
3:09 AM - 1 Sep 2013  
        Donald J. Trump    
Russia is sending a fleet of ships to the Mediterranean. Obama’s war in Syria has the potential to widen into a worldwide conflict.
3:45 PM - 5 Sep 2013 Donald J. Trump
Donald J. Trump  

Don't attack Syria - an attack that will bring nothing but trouble for the U.S. Focus on making our country strong and great again!
6:59 AM - 9 Sep 2013
And the beat goes on .
"Warplanes on Saturday struck the Syrian town where a chemical attack had killed scores of people earlier this week, as Turkey warned that a retaliatory U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base would only be “cosmetic” if greater efforts are not made to remove President Bashar Assad from power."

Are we being sucked into another Vietnam


 


 


Carlos Ponce

"The USA, is a country were some people do not want the children to come to , but are up in arms over their deaths." So says you and the Liberal Press. Not true.
Hani Mulki, Prime Minister of Jordan said Syrians want to stay in Syria. Ben Carson met with them during the presidential campaign and reported the same.
http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/29/politics/ben-carson-jordan-trip-syrian-refugees/index.html
Huffington Post " Nearly all Syrians (in Europe) want to go home."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-syria-campaign/what-syrian-refugees-in-europe-want_b_8692520.html
You will find some refugees who want to come to the US but most would rather remain in their country.
Trump, despite what the Liberal pundits claim is open to advice from his different advisors and the military. He is acting on THEIR advice. He is no dictator, no "my way or the highway" type leader.

Carlos Ponce

Correction: It was Jordan's King Abdullah who said Syrians would rather return to Syria.
KING ABDULLAH: Well, I think as the President pointed out, most, if not all, Syrian refugees actually want to go back to Syria. And what we’re working with the United States and the international community is to be able to stabilize the refugees in our country, give them the tools so that, as we’re working with the solutions in Syria, we have the ability to be able to send them back as a positive influence into their economies.

Jim Forsythe

Just as some may not want to come to the USA , I'm sure some want to come here. If one is going to be upset about killing of children , then they need to offer a safe place for the children to go. Out of the more than 4 million refugees, some are in need of our help.
Some may only need shelter from the storm, and would return after.

Amnesty International
4 September 2015,

More than 4 million refugees from Syria (95%) are in just five countries Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt:
Lebanon hosts approximately 1.2 million refugees from Syria which amounts to around one in five people in the country
Jordan hosts about 650,000 refugees from Syria, which amounts to about 10% of the population
Turkey hosts 1.9 million refugees from Syria, more than any other country t
Iraq where 3 million people have been .displaced in the last 18 months hosts 249,463 refugees from Syria
Egypt hosts 132,375 refugees from Syria

Carlos Ponce

The majority of the refugees want to remain. Only the Liberals of this country insist they be uprooted from their country and transported across the ocean. Moving them to another nearby Muslim country makes better sense to them than coming to the US. They are more comfortable if not in their country moving nearby.Yet the Liberals are saying, "We know what is best for you and want to impose our will over yours." How very Progressive.

Jim Forsythe

Not all are going to want to come, but some do. Not Progressive, just Human and empathetic. Some people believe in " I am my brother’s keeper ." and some do not. It is up to you, how you want to live your life.
FactCheck.org
Posted on November 23, 2015
"We asked the administration for a demographic breakdown of Syrian refugees who are seeking to resettle in the U.S., and it provided a chart that shows 23,826 total applicants — 15,937, or 67 percent, of whom are women (of all ages) and male children (age 0 to 11). Men (age 18 and older) accounted for 25.5 percent.
In short, the demographic breakdown of the Syrian refugees referred to the U.S. is virtually identical to that of the Syrian refugee population at large"

"There are lots of countries that are having these kinds of internal civil wars in other parts of the world and nobody is talking about intervening." Colin Powell  
Why at this time do we decide ,we must resume being the police for the world?
"Trump, however, goes much further. He isn’t just saying that the U.S. can’t police the world on its own. Ironically for a man who presents himself as the law-and-order candidate, he’s suggesting that the United States doesn’t even need to be involved in enforcing international law  and order as it’s presently defined. More than any previous major-party presidential candidate, Trump has questioned the value to America of the U.S.-led international system that Harry Truman helped design after World War II: NATO, free trade, nuclear nonproliferation, mutual-defense treaties and overseas military bases, and so on."

What has changed? Is it any of the following reasons for attacking Syria  , or something else?
Is it that North Korea is heating up ? Could it be that  China vehemently opposes THAAD and we need a distraction to able quietly work on the problems without China invoking “Dalai Lama effect.” on South Korea and others.
Is it that Trump is trying increase his poll numbers.
Did he attack Syria just before Congress went on the 2 week break, so they would not tell him, he needed to go to them and get approval before attacking a country.

Carlos Ponce

The Bible says Jews will flee to Jordan to avoid persecution. Why not others? The Bible also says Damascus will be destroyed. Isaiah 17:1-3 "Oracle on Damascus: See, Damascus shall cease to be a city and become a pile of ruins..."
"Is it that Trump is trying increase his poll numbers." Only a cynical loon would believe that tripe. Remember, the "polls" predicted he had no path to the presidency so to Trump and anyone with common sense, the "polls" mean NOTHING.
Elections have consequences saith President Obama.
Corollary: Elections have consequences, Polls DON'T.
And your quote from Factcheck.org:[yawn]
"Why at this time do we decide ,we must resume being the police for the world?" If the Murdered babies didn't move you I don't know what will. It moved President Trump and anyone who has a heart. Good thing Trump can do something about it. Some truth in your statement "resume being the police for the world". Key word RESUME. People expect the US to do the right thing. Why? because it's the RIGHT THING to do.

Jim Forsythe

Were is the "If the Murdered babies didn't move you I don't know what will" outrage for the number of children killed in the conflict, which has  risen to 17,411 ?
27 children were killed in this chemical attack , and some are only concerned with these babies, and not with 17,000 plus that have died so far .
For the 10,847 women and 17,411 children killed,  suddenness fills my heart!

" Good thing Trump can do something about it." and this would  be what?
Are we going to get in the middle of a Civil War?
At what cost?

US strikes Syria with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles. Would one Tomahawk cruise missiles have sent the same message, with out spending 60 million dollars.
Will the next step be more troops to Syria.?

Carlos Ponce

"Were is the 'If the Murdered babies didn't move you I don't know what will' outrage for the number of children killed in the conflict, which has risen to 17,411 ?"
Yes, the outrage WAS THERE, Even a previous president (you know who) said if they crossed that red line The US would do something about it. And that previous administration gloated how Assad's chemical weapons were removed (100%). Was it listed at one of his "accomplishments"?
"Would one Tomahawk cruise missiles (sic) have sent the same message, with out spending 60 million dollars." So now you're putting a price on saving human life. Pity.[sad] You sound like candidate Woodrow Wilson who vowed to keep us out of the "Great War".

Jim Forsythe

Is it just cage rattling by Russia and will Trump respond with force, then Russia will respond ,escalating to a all out conflict ?
1 hour ago
"Russia and Iran have told President Trump he has crossed a "red line" and threatened to “respond with force” to any further US military action against the Syrian regime. 
From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well,”
The intervention fuels fears the six-year-old Syrian civil war is a proxy battleground for old Cold War enemies – and raises the specter of heightened military tension.
It comes as Russia continued to mock Britain after the Foreign Secretary scrapped a trip to Moscow following the horrific chemical weapons attack in Syria.
Vladimir Putin’s regime claimed the UK was “in the shadow” of the US after Mr Johnson axed the diplomatic visit, fuelling claims he was urged by the US to abandon it.
In a series of provocative tweets, Russia’s embassy in London even suggested “conventional war” was possible if the G7 group of the world’s leading countries issued the Kremlin with an “ultimatum” after talks this week."

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