Thanks to the U.S. military strikes in Syria, "a lot of people will be alive six months from now," Rep. Jim Himes said Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
"Part of the reason you're seeing bipartisan support for this is that it does at least two things. No. 1, it takes a lot away a lot of machinery of death from a very, very bad guy. A lot of people will be alive six months from now that wouldn't have otherwise, had this not happened," said Himes, D-Conn.
However, Himes' approval of the action was tepid at best.
When pushed by host Joe Scarborough, Himes declined to say that he supported the action President Donald Trump took, but rather that he "accepts it."
"I don't mind that he took the action that he did," Himes said. "When they step over the line into the use of unconventional weapons, they're taking a significant risk. Somebody might take away their air force. I don't think that's a bad message to send.
"It's hard to say this was a mistake," Himes said.
All that said, Himes said he was concerned about the president issuing a military order that Congress did not authorize.
"I have to say that there's a reason that our founding fathers said that Congress should be consulted," Himes said. "It gets the American people behind an action. It creates some deliberation."
And further, he questioned what Trump's next move might be.
"Here we have a president who used to be a profound isolationist who is now acting as a global policeman. … What about tomorrow when some other dictator in the Middle East does something truly awful? Are we compelled to act there?"
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