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Hartzler Statement on Iran

January 8, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4), who serves as the Ranking Member on the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee in the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding the tensions between the United States and Iran:

“Last night, Iran launched more than a dozen rockets targeting American soldiers at two military bases in Iraq, Al-Assad Air Base and an airbase in Erbil, both of which were instrumental in the U.S. and allied forces’ military offensives against ISIS. I am thankful no one was injured, and I hope this will be the last act of aggression by the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism towards the United States and our allies,” Hartzler said.

“The Iranian regime has a long history of hostility, which has taken a multitude of American lives. Appeasing a tyrant will not stop him; bold action will. I am grateful Qaseem Soleimani, who served as the head of the Quds Forces and a U.N.-designated terrorist, will no longer be plotting evil on innocent civilians who yearn for freedom. Soleimani, had been the chief architect of Iran’s hostile military strategy targeting American forces and undermining our security interests in the region for decades.

“In fact, over 600 American families had an empty place at their holiday gatherings this year due to the calculated attacks ordered by Soleimani. He was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American troops and was intent on committing further attacks against our men and women in uniform. When President Trump learned Soleimani was orchestrating further attacks and more American lives were at stake, he took bold and decisive action. This was a strategic course of action to prevent more American casualties at the hands of the Iranian regime. The world is a safer place as a result.

“Now Iran has an opportunity to step aside from its history of hostility and aggression and move towards a peaceful relationship with the United States and the world, including the dismantling of its nuclear weapons program. It is my hope that Iran will choose the path of peace,” Hartzler concluded.