Shortly after President Trump ordered the airstrike on Iran that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi whined about how she was not notified of the attack in advance.
On Thursday, the Speaker released a statement, demanding that she be briefed on the ongoing situation:
American leaders’ highest priority is to protect American lives and interests. But we cannot put the lives of American servicemembers, diplomats and others further at risk by engaging in provocative and disproportionate actions. Tonight’s airstrike risks provoking further dangerous escalation of violence. America – and the world – cannot afford to have tensions escalate to the point of no return.
The Administration has conducted tonight’s strikes in Iraq targeting high-level Iranian military officials and killing Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani without an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iran. Further, this action was taken without the consultation of the Congress.
The full Congress must be immediately briefed on this serious situation and on the next steps under consideration by the Administration, including the significant escalation of the deployment of additional troops to the region.
The comments from the speaker are quite ironic considering she has been running a hyper-partisan impeachment sham against President Trump without providing Republicans with key information including her failure to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate.
The President doesn’t seem to care to keep Pelosi in the loop regarding his military actions. On Friday, President Trump explained why he called for the attacks on Iran.
“General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more…but got caught!” President Trump said on Friday morning. “He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself.”
“While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country,” President Trump added. “They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!”
Before he addressed the reasoning for the attack, President Trump taunted Iran, saying, “Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!”
The Pentagon released a statement as well, explaining the reasoning behind the attack.
“General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” the Defense Department statement reads. “General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more,” the statement continued. “He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months – including the attack on December 27th – culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week.”
“This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” the statement concludes. “The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.”
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