Following Sunday’s revelation by U.S. Central Command that three American military members were killed in a drone strike on Saturday night at an American base in Jordan by militias backed by Iran, calls for revenge from Republican members of Congress started pouring in.
“It is time to act with purpose and resolve in response to attacks that have tragically taken the lives of American service members and injured scores more,” stated Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), ranking member on the Armed Services Committee.
We need to hit Iranian sites and leadership directly in response to these continuous strikes by Iran and its proxies. The world will witness our speedy and resolute action.
Similar remarks were made by a few of Wicker’s Republican colleagues in the Senate.
It won’t stop Iran from attacking even if the Biden administration eliminates all of Iran’s proxies. As a deterrent against future aggression and retaliation for the killing of our men, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a letter to the Biden administration that they should strike significant targets within Iran. The only way to respond to these atrocities, according to Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, “must be devastating military retaliation against Iran’s terrorist forces, both in Iran and across the Middle East.”
Texas Republican John Cornyn didn’t hold back when he posted, “Target Tehran.” However, he then clarified that his original message was not a plea to target Iranian citizens.
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-UT) stated that the United States must make it clear worldwide that assaults on American troops would not be accepted.
Steve Scalise, the leader of the Senate, wrote that the tragedy “was avoidable.”
By giving Iran billions of dollars and allowing them to aggressively target our troops, Biden has, for years, encouraged Iran. No. 2 House Republican stated that the United States must demonstrate its power.
Someone informed us that the House Intelligence Committee wanted an update on the situation in Jordan.
“The attacks they’ve carried out against U.S. and coalition forces have long since been ignored by President Biden, and the time has come for him to finally hold the terrorist Iranian regime and their extremist proxies accountable,” stated Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), chair of the House Armed Services Committee.
Mitch McConnell, the minority leader in the Senate, demanded measures that would bring down the terrorist groups responsible for the assaults and “their Iranian sponsors who wear American blood as a badge of honour” with them.
Earlier, before more courageous Americans were killed, we should have begun to take this assault seriously, McConnell stated.
Joe Biden, president of the United States, issued a statement on Sunday in which he acknowledged that the attack on Saturday “was carried out by radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq” and promised to “hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner our choosing.”
In his statement, the president extended his condolences to the families and friends of the slain soldiers, as well as to all Americans, for the tragic loss of these brave men and women in this heinous and outrageous attack. These brave men and women represented our country at its finest.
Trump, in his scathing criticism of Biden’s leadership, said the assault would never have occurred if Biden had remained president.
“We must immediately return to PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH so that there will be no more chaos, no more destruction, and no more loss of precious American lives,” Trump stated, adding that “this terrible day is yet more proof” of the necessity.
A number of Republican lawmakers condemned Biden, linking his Middle East policies to the assaults, and called for retaliation against the perpetrators.
Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.) stated on X Sunday that the enemies of freedom have been encouraged by Biden’s inability to isolate the dictatorship in [Iran], defeat Hamas, and assist our strategic friends. “The MidEast policy of the president has been utterly disastrous. And now our brave men and women are losing their lives as a result.
“Three patriots died while more than twenty-five were injured,” wrote Republican Arizona Representative Andy Biggs. Joe Biden has demonstrated a lack of strength internationally and has given Iran more confidence. A more powerful head of state is required.
American personnel were killed for the first time in months of strikes on U.S. forces around the Middle East in Saturday’s attacks, which also injured 25. There have been more than 158 strikes on U.S. and ally personnel in Iraq and Syria since October, although the casualties and infrastructure damage have been relatively small thus far.
U.S. and Iraqi forces were wounded in an earlier attack by the Kataib Hezbollah militia organisation, so last week the U.S. attacked three locations utilised by the group, which were backed by Iran.
On Sunday, Vice President Kamala Harris expressed her condolences for the victims of the incident alongside her husband, Doug Emhoff. Both women vowed to “hold those responsible to account.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. “This nation will always remember these brave men and women, their sacrifices, and the service they rendered,” she wrote on X. “The United States will maintain its fight against terrorism, and those responsible will be held accountable, as @POTUS has stated clearly.”
In response to the fatalities, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries expressed his profound sadness and fury.
“Every single evildoer ought to face the consequences,” he declared on X, joining Biden and Harris in their demand.
The issue might get worse if we do nothing, warned Rep. Dean Phillips, who is launching a fanciful primary challenge to Joe Biden for president.
“Americans are being provoked and killed by Iranian proxies. Eight American hostages have been held for more than three months by Hamas. Phillips warned on X that the situation will worsen if nobody does anything about it.
The families of the victims were also the recipients of sympathy from others.
I am appalled by the drone assault in Jordan that claimed the lives of three courageous American servicemen. The safety of the scores of injured people is my prayer as well, Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) wrote. Those who lost loved ones or were hurt have my deepest sympathies.
Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-N.V.) expressed her deep sorrow over the news of the attack that resulted in the deaths of three U.S. servicemembers and injuries to scores more. Their selflessness, bravery, and service to our country will live on in our hearts forever. Iran needs to face consequences.
This study was authored by Connor O’Brien, Joe Gould, Anthony Adragna, and Erin Banco.