- The Washington Times - Friday, April 7, 2017

Rep. Jim Himes, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence committee, said Friday that he “accepts” the airstrikes that President Trump ordered to be delivered against a Syrian airbase, but he has concerns about what this means for U.S. foreign policy going forward.

“I think it is important that Assad gets the message and frankly others get the message around the world when they step over a line into the use of unconventional weapons that they are taking a very significant risk,” Mr. Himes said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Mr. Trump ordered the launch of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles as part of an early attack on a Syrian military base in response to a chemical attack in the ongoing civil war that the Trump administration and other global leaders have blamed on Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Mr. Himes, Connecticut Democrat, said more people will likely be alive six months from now that probably wouldn’t have been otherwise, but he also raised concerns about Mr. Trump ordering military action without authorization from Congress and questioned whether the move will pull the country deeper into conflicts in the Middle East.

“But here we have a president who used to be a profound isolationist who is now acting as a global policeman,” Mr. Himes said. “So I think as Americans we have to ask ourselves, well what about tomorrow when some another dictator in the Middle East does something truly awful. Are we compelled to act there?”

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