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Congressman Cleaver’s Statement on U.S. Strike Against Qasem Soleimani
For Immediate Release
January 3, 2020
(Washington, D.C.) – United States Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) released the following statement in response to a U.S. military strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force.
“I fear this decision is a grave miscalculation by the President. Such a monumental escalation in tensions with Iran, without consulting congressional leadership and our allies abroad, puts our servicemembers in danger and has the potential for disastrous ramifications. The American people are sick of never-ending wars in the Middle East, and I’m sick of the Executive Branch’s continued usurpation of congressional authority. This moment is a test of whether or not we learned our lesson in Iraq, and I pray that we seek all opportunities to de-escalate this volatile situation.
The administration needs to brief the Congress immediately, and explain to the American people and our allies around the world why they have brought us to the brink of war and what the strategy is moving forward.”
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Air Strike Defense
President Trump accused Iranian military general Qassem Soleimani of planning "imminent and sinister attacks" in his first televised remarks since the deadly airstrike that killed the general in Baghdad. "We took action last night to stop a war," Trump said during brief remarks at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
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Maybe Not Time For #MeToo
Rose McGowan's tweeted apology to Iran early Friday morning was met with swift and harsh backlash on Twitter. "Dear #Iran, The USA has disrespected your country, your flag, your people. 52% of us humbly apologize. We want peace with your nation. We are being held hostage by a terrorist regime.
Progressive Political Suspicion
In media appearances prior to the 2012 election, Donald Trump repeatedly predicted that then-President Barack Obama would start a war with Iran in order to win re-election.
Prez Trump Rallies
President Donald Trump has taunted Iran the morning after he ordered a deadly drone strike on the the Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani. The attack on Iran's most important commander has provoked fury in the country, and its president has vowed to take revenge.
Escalation Already . . .
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