McConnell Statement on Strikes in Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement today regarding strikes in Syria:

“I support President Biden’s decision to authorize strikes against facilities associated with Iranian-backed terrorist groups responsible for attacks against American interests in Iraq. 

“We will need more information to judge the efficacy of the strikes and the signal they send to Tehran and its proxies, but I believe the President acted well within the authorities of his office.

“The attacks on American diplomatic and military facilities and personnel are just one early test of the new Administration by this dangerous adversary. Iran supports an entire constellation of terrorist groups that stretches from Yemen to Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, right to the borders of Israel. It will take sustained work to defend and deter against the threats posed to U.S. interests.

“President Biden has an opportunity to craft a strong, effective, enduring, and bipartisan approach to Iran. The Administration must confront this growing terrorist threat and rally our partners to impose meaningful, multilateral costs on Tehran and its proxies for their terror and violence that threaten an entire region.”

Related Issues: Syria, Iran