GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan lawmakers are responding to President Donald Trump’s ordered airstrike near Baghdad’s airport that killed Iran’s top general.
The United States killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport early on Friday.
As of Friday afternoon, here are the following Michigan lawmakers who have released statements regarding the targeted killing of Soleimani:
Sen. Gary Peters, D-MI
Rep. Jack Bergman, R-MI 1st District
Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-MI 2nd District
“This is someone who has been identified as a terrorist with a terrorist organization who has been moving around the Middle East with impunity. There have been media reports indicating that there have been other opportunities to take him out that have been passed up. It was surprising to a lot of people, including me, that it had happened at this timing. Certainly, I think it was the proper response.”Huizenga speaking to News 8 Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.
Rep. Justin Amash, I-MI 3rd District
Rep. John Moolenaar, R-MI 4th District
Rep. Dan Kildee, D-MI 5th District
“Qassim Soleimani was a brutal Iranian military commander who has killed many Americans and orchestrated countless terrorist attacks. Yet many Iranians and Iran’s hardline leaders will see his killing as a serious provocation that could incite additional attacks against American service members, diplomats and citizens abroad. Iran has already vowed ‘harsh revenge’ against the United States and could further escalate violence. It is important to remember that every foreign policy action we take has potential life-and-death consequences, and we must consider the short and long-term repercussions of such actions.
“I am concerned that the Trump Administration conducted these air strikes killing high-level Iranian military officials without an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iran. Congress was also not consulted on this military attack. The existing AUMF was authorized by Congress almost two decades ago to hold those responsible for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. I have long asserted, under President Obama and now President Trump, that the commander-in-chief cannot continue to conduct any military actions they see fit under the existing AUMF.
“The American people are owed a plan by the administration on how the President plans to deescalate this dangerous situation and prevent this attack from spiraling into greater conflict that could result in more American casualties or troop deployments. The American people do not want war with Iran.”
Rep. Fred Upton, R-MI 6th District
Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-MI 8th District
Rep. Andy Levin, D-MI 9th District
Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-MI 10th District
Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-MI 12th District
“Qasem Soleimani was an evil man responsible for the death of thousands of innocent people. However, I deeply fear the consequences of this action, which was made without consulting Congress, or our allies and partners in the region. Congress must be briefed on the Administration’s strategy, and we must be prepared for an almost certain escalation of activities and conflict in the Mideast, as well as the safety of Americans throughout the world.
“We must act as Americans, not as Democrats and Republicans in understanding the situation, protecting America and safeguarding our national interests, allies and partners. Any escalation of US military involvement requires Congressional authorization, and the Administration must come to Congress for an Authorization for Use of Military Force as required by the Constitution.”