Rep. Adam Kinzinger wants President Trump to authorize airstrikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad and his regime in the wake of a deadly chemical weapons attack Tuesday.
On CNN Wednesday, Kinzinger said it's unacceptable for the United States allow chemical weapons attacks to go unpunished. He said the goal should be to take out Assad's ability to communicate with his troops in the field and to bomb airstrips to ground the Syrian air force.
"Right now, we have to strike the regime in response to this," he said. "This is a major violation of international norms."
Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, said the Syrian civil war is turning into this generation's Rwanda. In the mid 1990s, President Bill Clinton did nothing to intervene in the conflict in that African country that ended up killing hundreds of thousands of people during an internal conflict that spiraled into genocide.
The United States cannot simply sit back and allow chemical weapons to be used.
"This is the first conflict we've accepted the use of chemical weapons on the battleground since World War I," he said. "This can't be tolerated."
The veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars believes it's a shameful period in American history.
"I'm ashamed of our government actions so far, and inaction," he said. "I wish I had the ability to move forces to do what needs to be done."