Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today released the following statement:

“Earlier this week, the regime of Bashar al-Assad once again carried out a barbaric chemical attack on innocent men, women, and children in Syria.  This crime against humanity deserved more than mere condemnation; it demanded an immediate response from the civilized world to deter future attacks involving weapons of mass destruction.  Accordingly, I fully support the President's decision to strike the Syrian airbase from which the chemical attack was launched, and I agree wholeheartedly that the President's decisive action yesterday was in the vital national security interests of our country.”

“The days of 'leading from behind' and unenforced red lines are over.  Our allies can now rest assured that this Commander-in-Chief will give substance and meaning to our diplomacy through moral clarity and the credible threat of military force.  Our adversaries, including Russia, Iran, North Korea and radical Islamic terrorists like ISIS, now know that the United States will no longer hesitate to protect our national security and our values.  I applaud the men and women of the United States Armed Forces for carrying out this just mission with effectiveness and precision."