McSally: Objective required for possible U.S. involvement in Syr - Tucson News Now

McSally: Objective required for possible U.S. involvement in Syria

Martha McSally Martha McSally
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Air strikes from the United States hit some of Bashar al-Assad's facilities in Syria but the message that traveled with those Tomahawk missiles was meant for the rest of the world, according to Congresswoman Martha McSally.

"This was a strategic message, not just to Assad, but to Iran, Russia, China, North Korea and anyone else who was watching," she said. "We are going to show some leadership again and the international community needs to work together to solve some of these complex issues."

The complexity is in the web of players mixed up in the Syrian civil war, according to McSally. She said inaction and a lack of a strategy for the area by the previous administration allowed al-Assad to have the upper hand with support from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

She supports the president's use of the air strike, and McSally expects President Donald Trump to turn to Congress for approval on any U.S. action that is more involved or more long term.

McSally said she would need to see the details of a plan that holds a clear objective for U.S. involvement before she approves anything. She cited concerns of failed regime changes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

"What we don't need is a vacuum created in Syria that creates another safe haven for ISIS 2.0 or Al Qaeda, Al nusra and ISIS all in there," she said.

McSally's expectation for outlined objectives aligns with her experience with the Air Force. She was deployed to the Middle East both as a pilot and as a member of leadership teams.

She said she's one of a few elected leaders in the legislature with a background in military service in the Middle East.

"We certainly have a unique voice, making sure that we are asking those questions of what objectives are you trying to achieve and what follows
after that," she said. "This is all part of the discussion and debate"

McSally is a member of the Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee.

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