Congressman Michael T. McCaul <email@example.com>
Jan 9 at 3:44 PM
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Update on Iran
While he may not have been a household name before last week, Qassem Soleimani has been the mastermind of terror in the Middle East for the last two decades. He is responsible for the deaths of thousands across the Middle East, and he has the blood of 600 Americans in Iraq on his hands. The world is safer now that this terrorist is dead.
The President has shown great restraint over the past several months in the face of repeated provocations from Iran. I was in the White House when Iran shot down a U.S. drone, and saw firsthand the President’s desire to de-escalate tensions. He is not interested in starting a war with Iran. The months of escalating aggression from Iran culminated in December, with Iran’s strike that killed an American contractor and wounded four others and the assault on our embassy in Baghdad. Both of these attacks were orchestrated by Soleimani.
According to National Security Advisor, Robert O’ Brien, there was clear intelligence that showed “Soleimani and those he was plotting with were looking to kill American diplomats and soldiers in significant numbers in the coming days.” This attack was imminent, and the President had to respond. General Mark Milley, Chairman of the joint Chiefs, has said that we would be have been "culpably negligent" if the Administration did not act to take out Soleimani.
I am thankful that Iran’s strike against two U.S. military bases in Iraq earlier this week resulted in no casualties, and I applaud the President’s appropriate and measured response. I am disappointed that Democrats are seeking to tie our Commander-in-Chief’s hands through a partisan, political War Powers resolution. Right now is not the time to be divided by partisan politics – we need to be united as Americans.