Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement yesterday January 2nd, after the Pentagon confirmed the United States conducted an airstrike that killed Qassim Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force:
“General Soleimani has been responsible for the deaths of countless American servicemembers and other innocent victims during his years of leading Iran’s terrorist actions. No one who loves freedom and justice should mourn his death.
“But to order his killing in Iraq represents a dangerous gamble in the escalatory cycle the President has undertaken with Iran.
“As a member of the Intelligence Committee, I will be seeking a classified briefing at the soonest opportunity to better understand the President’s rationale for ordering this killing as well as the Administration’s planning for the inevitable repercussions, the potential for a major conflict, and the immediate threats to our personnel and partners in the region.”