U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, commented Wednesday on President Donald Trump’s response to action by Iran to launch a missile strike on Iraqi bases housing U.S. military personnel.
“I am thankful no Americans were wounded in last night’s (Tuesday’s) attacks,” said Inhofe, who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “My prayers are with those Iran put in harm’s way last night (Tuesday), especially our brave service members, their families here at home, and our partners and allies, as well as Iraqi military personnel killed or injured in the strike.
“I commend President Trump for bolstering American credibility by defending American lives and for reestablishing deterrence against Iran for the first time since 1979. Iran now knows that President Trump means what he says, and that it cannot afford an all-out war with the United States, which is why it chose not to escalate further. Whether Iran seizes this opportunity to negotiate or not, by killing Soleimani, President Trump has put us in the strongest position we’ve had with Iran in decades.
“Now is the time to work with our partners in the region and in Europe on a more comprehensive approach towards de-escalation — one that does not repeat the mistakes of the Obama administration, and which focuses on ending all aspects of Iran’s malign behavior, including their use of ballistic missiles, terrorism, and their nuclear program, through diplomacy.”
U.S. Sen. James Lankford and U.S. Fourth District Congressman Tom Cole also offered comments.
“Iran’s aggression against the U.S. clearly indicates that they continue to want to do harm to Americans and our nation,” said Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican. “I am monitoring the situation tonight and I pray for all the service women & men who are defending our nation.”
Cole, an Oklahoma Republican, is a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and also released statements after Trump’s comments on Wednesday.
“I am very grateful and relieved to learn that none of our own service members were harmed during last night’s (Tuesday’s) attack. President Trump has made it clear that terrorist actions against Americans will not go unanswered. If necessary, the United States will respond forcefully to defend and protect our personnel and partners from imminent danger. I am hopeful Iran will grasp this reality, stand down and abandon further escalation,” Cole said.
“In the days ahead, Congress and the Trump Administration must put politics aside and work together. Deterring Iran from future destabilizing actions and terrorist activities and moving toward peace in the region will require not only our collective resolve but working with our allies and partners. It is up to Congress to work with the president and put the safety of our brave men and women in uniform ahead of whatever partisan differences that may exist on other issues.”