December 5, 2013Engel Statement on Passing of Nelson Mandela
December 3, 2013Engel Statement on Becoming Chair of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians
December 2, 2013Engel Statement on the signing into law of The PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013
December 2, 2013Engel Statement on Ukraine Protests
November 25, 2013Engel Statement on Loya Jirga’s Approval of U.S.-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement
November 24, 2013Engel Statement on Interim Deal Reached Between P5+1 and Iran
November 22, 2013Engel Statement on Reports of a Delayed Signing of the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement
November 21, 2013Engel Statement on Georgia’s European Future
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
New York – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement upon receiving a reply from General Martin Dempsey to his letter dated August 5th, requesting further clarification of potential limited military options in Syria.
“I thank General Dempsey for his timely response and appreciate his added candor in outlining additional potential military options in Syria. However, I remain deeply unsatisfied with our current strategy in Syria -- as we stand on the sidelines when the turmoil in that country continues to claim thousands of lives and sow instability throughout the region.
I reject the notion that our involvement in Syria would simply constitute ‘choosing sides’ between one armed group and another. Rather, our involvement represents a choice between hastening the end of the Assad regime or continuing to allow the cycle of violence, displacement, and terror to continue unabated. We can work to build the capacity of the moderate opposition, as General Dempsey suggests, but until we are prepared to severely diminish the regime’s ability to inflict harm upon its own citizens and even the playing field -- such a moderate opposition stands little chance against the regime’s scuds, tanks, and planes.”