US Senators outraged by government briefing on Iran
Why was Kassem Soleimani killed? A briefing by the US government should clarify this. A Republican calls it “un-American and unconstitutional”.
The US government has received massive criticism from Congress for its information policy following the killing of Iranian general Kassem Soleimani. Republicans even accused US President Donald Trump of obscuring his motives for the military action against Soleimani. The reason for the criticism was two meetings with government representatives in the House of Representatives and the Senate, from which the people’s representatives hoped for a detailed justification for the drone attack against the head of the Iranian Al-Kuds brigades.
Republican Senator Mike Lee, in particular, was visibly upset after the briefing. The government took just under an hour to provide the Senate with confidential information. Most questions remained open. The ministers had asked the senators “to be good little boys and girls, to just run along and not to publicly question that,” said Lee, who sits in the Senate for the State of Utah and is not yet known as a Trump critic was. He found the meeting insulting, said the senator. “I think it’s absolutely crazy. It is un-American, unconstitutional and simply wrong.”
Nevertheless, the Democrats in the House of Representatives want to introduce a resolution this Thursday to limit the possible military action by President Donald Trump against Iran. Accordingly, the government should end any hostilities against Iran within 30 days if Congress does not agree to them.
“America and the world cannot afford to go to war,” justified the chairwoman of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, about the vote on the so-called War Power Resolution. Trump “has no coherent strategy to ensure the security of the US population, to de-escalate with Iran and to ensure stability in the region”. Pelosi also criticized the killing of Kassem Soleimani as a “provocative and disproportionate military air strike”. The US government’s briefings to parliamentarians were not sufficient to dispel the doubts.