This week, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) plans to introduce a Senate resolution to honor the military members and other American service members who fulfilled last week’s mission, resulting in the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani at President Trump’s direction.
As commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, Soleimani was responsible for killing hundreds of American servicemen, arming and training enemy insurgents and terrorists throughout the Middle East, and further developing plans to attack American service members in the region, according to the Department of Defense.
According to Sen. Cruz, the purpose of this week’s resolution is to honor “the members of the military and intelligence community who carried out the mission that killed Qasem Soleimani.”
Staff for Sen. Cruz told The Texan that the legislation was specifically worded in a way intended to elicit bipartisan unity by using much of the same language used in a 2011 resolution commending President Obama after the death of Osama bin Laden.
The 2011 document praising the Obama administration received unanimous support.
Ari Fleischer, former press secretary under President George W. Bush, issued a statement advancing a similar message of hope for bipartisan support for the Trump administration’s recent action in Iran.
“All Americans cheered when the US military took out Osama bin Ladin. The reaction to the mission against Suleimani, the world’s leading terrorist, should – I would hope – be the same,” Fleischer said.
Many congressional Democrats, however, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have expressed opposition to President Trump’s recent decision in Iraq that resulted in the death of Soleimani, citing concerns over escalating violence and the president’s lack of congressional authorization before taking action.
“The President did exercise his authority under the Constitution to defend the United States and its interests,” Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R) said about the airstrike that killed Soleimani.
“I think our friends on the other side are looking for some reason to disagree. We didn’t see this kind of partisan division when President Obama decided to take out Osama bin Laden,” Sen. Cornyn continued.
Similarly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently rebuked Senate Democrats whom he accused of downplaying “Soleimani’s evil while presenting our own president as the villain.”
Soleimani is also attributed with orchestrating the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on December 31 as well as a recent attack on a coalition base on December 27 that resulted in the death of one American the wounding of others.
Sarah McConnell is a reporter for The Texan. Previously, she worked as a Cyber Security Consultant after serving as a Pathways Intern at the Department of Homeland Security – Citizenship and Immigration Services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M as well as her Master of Public Service and Administration degree from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. In her free time, Sarah is an avid runner, jazz enthusiast, and lover of all things culinary.