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Tonko Statement on Trump Administration Airstrike in Iraq

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Washington, January 3, 2020 | comments

WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko issued a statement following the deadly drone strike conducted by the Trump Administration at Baghdad International Airport.

There is no doubt that Qasem Soleimani was responsible for heinous acts against Americans and our interests, but I am deeply disturbed by the President’s reckless escalation with Iran, which occurred without an Authorization for Use of Military Force or consultation with Congress.

“The American people do not want another costly and unnecessary conflict in the Middle East, but this drone strike brings us closer to that outcome. The Administration should immediately brief Congress on its long-term strategy, including its plan to protect Americans, in the region.

“The potential for this type of action was a major reason why I opposed the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act last month. The final agreement removed bipartisan language to prohibit an unauthorized war with Iran. Now it falls onto Congress to hold the Administration accountable and prevent our nation from being dragged into a conflict with consequences that have not been fully considered by Congress or communicated to the American people.”

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