The lawmakers’ letter came as Trump doubled down on his threat to strike cultural sites across Iran, and as hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Tehran for Soleimani’s funeral.
In a statement Thursday confirming that Trump ordered the deadly strike, the Pentagon said that “General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more” and claimed that “General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”
Four Washington Post journalists reported Sunday that Trump’s “greenlighting of the airstrike near Baghdad airport represents a bureaucratic victory” for U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who “first spoke with Trump about killing Soleimani months ago.”
“Recent changes to Trump’s national security team and the whims of a president anxious about being viewed as hesitant in the face of Iranian aggression created an opening for Pompeo to press for the kind of action he had been advocating,” according to the Post.
Linking to a tweet from Post reporter John Hudson, Matt Duss, foreign policy adviser to the 2020 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), wrote on Twitter, “That fluttering sound you hear is the ‘imminent threat’ justification going out the window.”
Progressives in the House and Senate, including Sanders, have introduced various measures that aim to block Trump from starting another war in the Middle East without congressional authorization.
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