In the wake of President Donald Trump’s Jan. 3 order of the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani by the U.S. military, Idaho’s senators and congressmen have issued statements praising the operation.
The drone strike Friday at Baghdad International Airport killed Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force military unit, and Iraqi-Iranian politician Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in addition to eight other Iraqi and Iranian military leaders.
The assassination set off a chain of events that so far led to Iran rolling back its nuclear restrictions, Iraq’s partial parliament voting to expel U.S. troops, and Iranian lawmakers—along with millions of mourners on the streets of Tehran—protesting the action.
Over the weekend, President Trump used Twitter to notify Congress of his plans and announce that the U.S. has just spent $2 trillion on military equipment. “If Iran attacks an American base or any American, we will be sending some of that brand new beautiful equipment their way,” he wrote on Saturday.
In response to the airstrike, Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, both R-Idaho, and Reps. Mike Simpson and Russ Fulcher, R-Idaho, released separate statements, as excerpted below. (Qasem Soleimani is also transliterated as “Qassim Soleimani” and “Quassem Suleimani.”)
- ·Sen. Mike Crapo: “I will continue to work with the Administration and with my colleagues to deter further nefarious activities by Iran.”
- ·Sen. Jim Risch: “Congratulations to President Trump on his decisive action. … Quassem Suleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and his death presents an opportunity for Iraq to determine its own future free from Iranian control.”
- ·Rep. Mike Simpson: “Today, because of decisive action taken by President Trump and the U.S. military, an avowed terrorist and enemy of the United States has been brought to justice.”
- ·Rep. Russ Fulcher: “General Qassem Suleimani and Iran’s Quds Force are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans. … [T]he President’s actions helped protect U.S. diplomats and military servicemembers stationed in Baghdad.”