Inhofe: Without U.S. Leadership in Syria, Iran and Russia Will Eagerly Fill Vacuum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today made the following statement in response to reports that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against its people in Syria:

“President Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people clearly crosses the ‘red line’ established by President Obama.  This marks a significant turning point in what’s already been a tragic two years that has left over 70,000 dead and forced millions more to flee their homes.  Without American leadership, Iran and Russia will eagerly fill the vacuum. 

“It’s more important now than ever that President Obama finally steps up and fulfills his constitutional duty as the commander-in-chief to lead.  It’s time that he come forward with a plan that will help stem the violence and demonstrate to Assad that his barbaric actions will have consequences.  Continued inaction by the president, after laying out a clear redline, will only embolden Assad and his benefactors in Tehran to continue their brutal assault against the Syrian people. Every day that the president fails to lead, the situation will become more dire, thousands more will suffer, and American influence in the region will continue to diminish.”